Agronomy is the study of management in crops and pastures with a focus on sustainability and agricultural production. The world’s agriculture industry faces many challenges in the future with climate change, a growing world population, new technologies and changing resource conditions.
Our Agriculture and Technology degree majoring in Agronomy will give you a leading edge in plant production industries. Agronomy is the management of plants, which are produced or used for; food, fuel, fibre or land reclamation. We will teach you all aspects of the industry from the paddock to the plate.
The Agronomy program provides a unique hands-on experience covering every aspect of commercial plant production. You will gain extensive knowledge of;
- Growing plants to commercial specifications
- How to identify and manage key weeds, pests and diseases
- Understanding plant nutrient requirements and fertilizer management
- How to class soils, and manage soils and water for production outputs
with all these areas contextualised across the agricultural and rural business industries.
An agronomist specialises in commercial plant production along with understanding animal production, cultivation techniques and technology to improve productivity and sustainability of farms and agricultural industries. This qualification will help you achieve your career as an agronomist where you might be an independent consultant for farmers and small businesses. Employment opportunities are wide ranging and include jobs as a farm manager, crop scientist, plant pathologist, plant entomologist, plant breeder and geneticist, soil scientist and extension worker. If your ambition is to own your own farm or a mixed enterprises operation in Agriculture, this qualification will provide essential knowledge and skills.
Major topics include:
- Agronomy and Advanced Agronomy (includes cropping and pasture management)
- Plant Physiology, Applied Genomics and Plant Breeding
- Pestilence and Plague: Integrated Pest Management; Integrated Crop Management
- Ecological Systems (soil and water), Environmental Management
- Animal Management and Nutrition
- Plant and Animal Sensing
- Agribusiness, Agricultural Marketing and Commodity Trading and Applied Plant Research
The Agronomy major in the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology degree, offers a distinctive vocationally focussed training program in Agriculture that has been designed with industry input to meet industry needs. The world’s agriculture industry faces many challenges in the future; with a growing world population, climate change, new technologies and altering resource conditions. The Agricultural and Technology component of this degree coupled with an agronomy specialisation; will provide you with strong business principles, access to state-of–the-art technology and a “hands on approach” to your learning.
Learn In Australia’s World Class Agricultural Facilities
At the Melbourne Polytechnic Yan Yean and Eden Park farms you can;
Gain insights to a 600 ha mixed farming commercial operation where mixed pasture and broadacre cropping are demonstrated. Experience cattle, sheep and pasture production facilities. We also have a butchery and meat processing facility.
Melbourne Polytechnic has recently been awarded a Victorian Government-funded, “Specialised Teaching Equipment Program”. This will allow students access to a state-of-the art, commercial, wireless farm/digital homestead that will measure plant, animal, microclimate and soil parameters both on the ground and via aerial monitoring platforms on our farms. Digital technology platforms will assist the Agricultural industries to drive increases in efficiency and generate greater profitability; as well as using this information in smarter ways to consider the environmental and social drivers.
How Do You Study
Study either full-time or part-time. “Study while you work”, with our blended delivery program that has been developed to facilitate work experience while you study. Blended delivery is a mix of learning about the theoretical concepts via our self-directed online learning and virtual evening classes; with workshops that teach you practical skills in managing plants.
Choose eight subjects from our elective portfolio enabling you to expand your depth of knowledge in your career pathway. Specialise in pasture management or gain knowledge about animals by enrolling in subjects like ‘Animal Anatomy and Physiology’ and ‘Animal Management and Nutrition’, ‘Animal Welfare’, ‘Stud and Stable Management’ and ‘Applied Equine Practices’. If you want to gain experience in horticulture related industries enrol in ‘Vineyard Management’, ‘Vine Physiology and Grape Production’, ‘Turf Management’, ‘Agrostology’ (study of grasses), ‘Turf Construction and Drainage’, ‘ Turf grasses for Sports’, and ‘Sensing Technologies’.
The enormous range of elective options enable you to design your own bespoke agronomy or agricultural industry course. This will ensure you can easily adapt to changes in the workplace.
To ensure you have the practical competencies to work on a farm and can evidence these competencies, we offer a suite of short courses. Some of these courses like ‘Farm Chemical Users’, are embedded in the program and some are voluntary and can give you skills outside your specialisation. (Link to URL “OPTIONAL Short Courses available for Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology students)
A partnership for success
This degree is offered through Melbourne Polytechnic, in partnership with La Trobe University. Graduates will have their degrees conferred by La Trobe University, and degree testamurs will feature the La Trobe emblem and common seal.
See the La Trobe program here and ask us how to enrol.
How to Apply?
Applications for the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology degree can be made via VTAC code 2100322791 or by direct entry through La Trobe University (code: SBATE). Once students have been accepted into the program, they can chose to study any of the majors thus providing students with a fulfilling and professional career across all sectors of agronomy.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature, have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to Academic Credit policy and associated procedures.
VTAC CodeCommonwealth Supported Places 2100322791 - La Trobe University See the La Trobe program here and ask us about enrolling
CampusesEPPING, Yan Yean
DepartmentAgriculture and Animal Studies - HE
Modes of DeliveryBlended, Face-to-face, Blended online
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Assessment MethodsAssessments are a mixture of essays, reports, problem solving tasks, quizzes, case studies, oral presentations, group activities, practical competencies, reflective journals, tutorial tasks, literature reviews and examinations.
Entrance RequirementsATAR 50.
A study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or Interview
- SBATE - La Trobe University - Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology
- to start this course, apply directly to La Trobe University - here
- if you have any questions, or you need our help - please contact an ECA by phone, 03 9269 8400, or by email
Pathways to further studyHonours, applied research, masters, PhD.
Career PathwaysAgronomist, Farm Manager, Industry Applied Research Manager, Soil Scientist, Expert in mixed agricultural enterprises.
Units Of Study
Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.
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|AGR2IPM||PESTILENCE AND PLAGUE:INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT|
|AGR3IPM||INTEGRATED CROP MANAGEMENT|
|AGR3MCT||AGRICULTURE MARKETING AND COMMODITY TRADING|
|AGR3RP1||APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 1|
|AGR3RP2||APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 2|
|SCI1LS1||LIVING SYSTEMS 1|
|SCI1LS2||LIVING SYSTEMS 2|
|SCI2GPB||APPLIED GENOMICS AND PLANT BREEDING|
|SCI2SED||STATISTICS AND EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN|