What’s it like to study Agricultural Science?

Herd of cows and calves

There has never been a more important time to study a Bachelor of Agricultural Science.

Did you know that by 2050, a mindboggling 70 per cent more food will be needed to feed the world’s growing population? And the livestock industry has set a target for Australian beef, lamb and goat production to be carbon neutral by 2030 whilst also committing to world-leading animal welfare standards? 

These are just some of the many challenges facing our food systems globally.

Instead of looking to others to make a difference, you could be one of the professionals leading the charge in solving our most pressing issues.

When it comes to the most critical factors in sustaining life on earth, we can all agree that safe and sustainable food production is up there alongside water and shelter.

Welcome to agricultural sciences, humanity’s unsung hero.

What can I do with an agricultural science degree?

Probably a lot more than you’d first assume. The Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Murdoch has three majors: Crop and Pasture Science, Animal Science, and Animal Health. Broadly, if you’re considering heading down the route of food production, then Crop and Pasture Science or Animal Science could be suitable. On the other hand, Animal Health may be more appropriate for those who want to focus on issues impacting the health of domestic animals and wildlife.

Here are just a few of the many career opportunities for graduates: 

  • Agricultural scientist working with plants, animals or farm environments
  • Animal health consultant working with livestock, pets or wildlife
  • Animal nutritionist
  • Agronomist
  • Farm manager
  • Scientist in a veterinary lab
  • Farm consultant
  • Biosecurity officer, or
  • A corporate job in the Department of Agriculture, insurance, or banking.
  • Potential to transfer into the veterinary training program

Hear from Wendy Vance, Lecturer in Crop and Pasture Science on why she loves agricultural sciences, what kind of career you can look forward to, and what the course is actually like. And hear from Animal Science and Veterinary Science student Maria as she walks you through the world-class facilities at Murdoch.

What’s involved in a Bachelor of Agricultural Science?

This is a three-year course, if completed full-time. Whatever you decide to major in, your experience at Murdoch is guaranteed to be hands-on with plenty of unique opportunities. You’ll be exposed to what a career in agriculture is actually like, and you’ll be able to make industry contacts and learn from leading experts.

Murdoch University Farm and Veterinary Hospital

Students have opportunity to gain hand-on experience at Murdoch University’s farms located at the South Street campus and Whitby Falls Farm.

Murdoch University has the only metropolitan on-campus farm in Australia. However, it’s not just for training; the research carried out here solves real-world problems for farmers, veterinarians, communities, and many other industries. And you have a chance to be a part of it.

The South Street Campus is also home The Animal Hospital, one of Australia’s busiest veterinary teaching hospitals staffed by world-leading veterinarians.

Thanks to the resources at at South Street campus and Whitby Farm, students will have opportunity to work with range of different animals and specialised equipment, and learn about farm management and animal health by world-leading experts.

On any given day, Murdoch University students can be:

  • Assisting with cattle and sheep research projects that are improving the productivity and welfare of sheep and cattle
  • Learning about management of performance horses in our equine facility
  • Reviewing real cases from the veterinary clinic
  • Developing innovative strategies to protect Australia from introduction of diseases that affect animals and food crops
  • Monitoring wildlife populations in local reserves
  • Visiting working farms and workplaces throughout WA, Australia and overseas
  • Learning at the innovation precinct in food and animal production.

Food Futures Institute

This is where our experts explore new technologies and investments in crop agriculture and livestock and figure out how to increase productivity without further degrading the water, land, and soils. This innovative institute is somewhere you might see yourself working in the future.

The Food Futures Institute has three arms: The Centre for Crop and Food Innovation, Centre for Animal Production and Health, and the Centre for Sustainable Farming Systems. Murdoch researchers were recently named in the global top 1 per cent by Clarivate. Those recognised include Professor Rajeev Varshney, Director of the Centre for Crop and Food Innovation, and Professor of Soil and Environmental Science, Davey Jones.

The Institute’s accomplishments include MSA certification of beef and lamb quality, double cropping, creating better Wagyu marbled beef and better malting barley for beer. And you get to learn from the very people who are at the forefront of these developments.

Can you see yourself at Murdoch? Learn more about a Bachelor of Agricultural Science.
Posted on:

9 Dec 2022

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