Department of Agricultural Science
The Department of Agricultural Science is one of three world-class departments within the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine.
The Department, formed in 2015, is unified by strong, collegial research units in the areas of
- farming systems (including weed science and agronomy)
- plant breeding and genetics
- entomology and plant pathology
- soil science.
Together, we combine basic research to deliver applied outcomes that are adopted by the scientific and/or farming communities in not only Australia but globally. As part of the largest agricultural research institute in the southern hemisphere, our Department also enjoys colocation with a diverse range of government agencies which affords us unique world-class research and teaching opportunities. Our extensive national and international network of collaborators, whether they be commercial or academic are testament to our continuing success.
The Department is underpinned by the School’s leading undergraduate program, the Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences. With more than 50 first year undergraduate students commencing their studies each year (on average), Agriculture has become a popular option for high school graduates, mature age students, and international students. There are four times as many career employment opportunities as graduates in Australia, providing our graduates with enviable opportunities. Two key highlights of our program are the compulsory internship, and the local, national and international field tours. Our department was also actively involved in developing the National Learning and Teaching Academic Standards for Agriculture. Our undergraduate program is quality assured, with it successfully benchmarked as meeting the Threshold Learning Outcomes.
The Department has over 45 academic teaching and research staff involved in mentoring our undergraduates and postgraduates across a range of academic programs, and leading world-class laboratories in their given area of research strength. With more than 75 higher degree research students and 150+ Agricultural Sciences undergraduates across the three-year program, we are a significant strength within the School’s structure.
If you would like further information on the Department and/or the staff, research and teaching programs within, contact the Head – Dr Jason Able.