Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

This is one of the only agriculture degrees in Australia with a vocational focus. You'll develop knowledge of the science, business and environmental aspects of agriculture, alongside a major in their chosen field: agribusiness, crop and pasture agronomy, viticulture and winemaking, or aquaculture. We'll prepare you to take on a variety of roles in agriculture including working as an agronomist, agri-business manager, aquaculture producer, winemaker or vineyard manager. This degree is delivered in partnership with Melbourne Polytechnic. where students you'll study through a combination of online lectures and tutorials, field studies, lab work and practical placements at various Melbourne Polytechnic campuses. The Epping campus is equipped with energy efficient laboratories and facilities to study fish and algae, while Ararat has 28 hectares of vineyards. Farms at Yan Yean and Northern Lodge, 12 kilometres north of Epping, are used for applied research and practical experience. In first year students take core subjects covering agricultural systems and technology, rural business management, and food production. You'll also choose electives such as international wine styles, biology of fish, animal anatomy and physiology, and agrieconomics. In second and third year students take on specialised study in their chosen major as well as participate in an industry placement program. You'll also develop an understanding of the effects of factors such as climate change, biotechnology and a growing population. La Trobe works closely with industry professionals to make sure course content is current and relevant. You'll have the opportunity to complete work placements with La Trobe's partner organisations including Environmental Earth Sciences, Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association, Ecovinia International and individual wineries such as Plunketts.

Structure

Students complete 360 credit points over three years of full-time or equivalent part-time study. In first year students take core subjects covering agricultural systems and technology, rural business management, and food production. Students also choose electives such as international wine styles, biology of fish, animal anatomy and physiology, and agrieconomics. In second and third year students take on specialised study in their chosen major as well as participate in an industry placement program. Students also develop an understanding of the effects of factors such as climate change, biotechnology and a growing population.

Subjects

  • Agribusiness
  • Aquaculture
  • Crop and Pasture Agronomy
  • Viticulture and Winemaking

Standard entry requirements

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Further information

Students will need to purchase textbooks and notes. Book lists will be available upon enrolment.

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