Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology

Agricultural Science

Agricultural science student experiment

Overview

Agricultural scientists play a pivotal role in our global society. Agricultural systems supply most of the world’s food and fibre needs, but maintaining or increasing production in the future depends on the development and implementation of sustainable agricultural practices.

The four-year program (73M) in Agricultural Science gives students a foundation in the physical and biological sciences, and specialisation in a broad range of agricultural disciplines. In their final year of study, students have the opportunity to undertake an honours research project of their choice, as a pathway to a future career in agricultural research and development.

The three-year degree (73N) offers students the option of a double major in agricultural production and agricultural business management, which reflects the University and State Government’s commitment to the future of agriculture in Tasmania. Students will gain knowledge and skills in the principles and practices of agricultural production as well as an understanding of the business environment that is critical to the economic performance of agricultural industries and enterprises. Agricultural businesses from small holders to large corporate enterprises supply most of the world’s food and fibre needs. Producers require production systems that allow them to remain financially viable while maintaining or enhancing the environment and meeting the challenges of climate change and the emerging global food crisis.

Our research institute, TIA, is a centre of excellence in cool temperate agricultural research, development and extension, provides outstanding opportunities for research training as well as giving students access to world-class researchers in the Dairy, Extensive Agriculture, Food Safety, Perennial Horticulture and Vegetable Centres.