Providing food and fibre for the planet's growing population is vital, and demands graduates who are capable of understanding and integrating whole agricultural systems.
Our research and teaching of Rural Science is focused on many aspects of agriculture, agronomy, and management of the rural environment, with established strengths in agricultural, soil and plant sciences.
A three hour drive from Armidale allows you to see 90% of the food types produced in Australia.
For people who work, or plan to work, in farm management, agricultural consulting/extension/advisory roles or other jobs that require professional farm management knowledge.
An integrative discipline that tries to combine our understanding of the parts of the farm into a larger understanding of how the parts interact with each other and the wider worlds of nature and economics.
Agronomy is the applied aspects of both soil and plant sciences dealing with field crops and pastures.
Learn about the interactions between disease, other environmental influences and host animal genes, and thus develop a holistic approach to maintaining animal health and wellbeing.
The nutrition group offers units of study dedicated to animal nutrition, particularly beef, sheep and poultry, as well as contributing to other units that cover a broader range of animal production issues.
The 'Cotton Production Course' is a set of four units that cover the production, crop protection, and environmental management of cotton crops in the Australian industry.
The field of genetics is multifaceted, covering animal and plant breeding, molecular genetics, population and evolutionary genetics, assessment of biodiversity and breeding systems as well as the management and conservation of total genetic resources.
This course provides specialist training in modern grain production and marketing.
The Meat Science course gives an overview of the development of beef and sheep meat industry systems and an up-to-date status on the research.
Specialist units in poultry science include physiology, production issues, and feed science and technology.
Discover the latest developments in Precision Agriculture, gaining hands on experience in the technologies that are revolutionising the way we farm.
UNE is the leading centre for the study of wool science in Australia with the most comprehensive range of sheep and wool units.
The thin skin of soil that mantles the land surface of the earth is a complex and fascinating chemical, physical and biological system. Our lecturers have expertise in soil chemistry, soil physics, soil biology and pedology.
Studying units which have a focus on sustainable farming will equip you to better cope with the ever-changing demands of farming in the 21st century.
Topics include agricultural weed identification, ecology and adaptation; ecological, physical, biological and chemical control techniques; the main groups of weeds and their impact; chemical resistance in weeds; and plant biosecurity.
In addition to the areas of study listed above, many of those in the environmental sciences will also improve your capacity to understand, manage and improve agricultural systems.