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Study Agricultural Innovation at Otago

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Overview

Agricultural Innovation is a major in the Bachelor of Applied Science programme. It is a three-year degree that includes a compulsory second subject in a related area – either as a minor or as a double major.

The Agricultural Innovation programme is designed to develop future leaders in agriculture. The focus is on science and technology, but you will also gain an understanding and appreciation for agriculture in broader contexts including economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects.

Government projections are that there will be 50,000 additional skilled jobs generated within the agricultural sector by 2050. Agricultural Innovation has been developed to produce graduates with specialist but diverse skills for a career in agriculture or the rural sector.

Background required

During the first year at university you will be required to take 100-level papers in Agricultural Innovation, Biology and Chemistry. Taking Year 13 NCEA papers in Agricultural and Horticultural Science, Agribusiness, Biology and Chemistry before entering university will be helpful. While Agribusiness is only available at a small number of secondary schools it is anticipated it will be available in the majority of schools in the immediate future. During your first year at university it is important to consider registering for other papers that are required to obtain a second major or minor in: Business, Economics, Marketing, and Biological, Environmental, Physical or Social Sciences.

Career opportunities

After graduating with a BAppSc in Agricultural Innovation you will have the expertise to gain employment in the agricultural and food sectors, such as research and development within scientific or corporate entities; central government or rural financial service agencies; and banking, insurance and accountancy.

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Contact details

Emeritus Professor Frank Griffin
Email frank.griffin@otago.ac.nz

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Qualifications

*It is a requirement that every Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) normally includes an approved minor subject or an approved second major subject. Usually such a minor or second major subject must be selected from the approved combinations of major subjects with minor or second major subjects. Some exceptions may apply. For details see:

Full list of available approved minor and second major subject areas

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Programme requirements

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) in Agricultural Innovation

Year Papers Points
100-level

AGRI 101  Agricultural Innovation

CELS 191  Cell and Molecular Biology

One of:

  • CHEM 111  Molecular Architecture
  • CHEM 191  The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health

at least one paper from at least two of the following lists of 100-level natural, human, or technical world papers:

a. Natural world papers:

a. Human world papers:

a. Technical world papers:

Recommended: complete at least one paper from all three lists.

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200-level

AGRI 221 New Zealand Agricultural Systems (to be introduced 2021)

GENE 223  Developmental and Applied Genetics

MICR 222  Microbes in Action

One natural, human, or technical world paper from the following list *: BIOC 221, BTNY 201, CHEM 206, ECOL 211, ENVI 211, FOSC 202, GENE 221, GENE 222, GEOG 216, GEOG 282, GEOG 283, GEOG 284, GEOG 286, GEOG 287, GEOG 288, GEOG 289, GEOG 290, GEOG 298, GEOG 299, MART 211, MATS 204, MICR 221, STAT 210, SURV 206, SURV 208

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300-level

AGRI321  Agricultural Production and Food Security (to be introduced 2022)

AGRI322  Innovation and Healthy Soils (to be introduced 2022)

AGRI323  Agricultural Genetics and Breeding (to be introduced 2022)

One natural, human, or technical world paper from the following list *: BIOC 352, BTNY 301, BTNY 302, BTNY 303, CHEM 306, ENVI 311, ENVI 312, FOSC 301, FOSC308, GENE 312, GENE 314, GENE 315, GEOG 388, GEOG 389, GEOG 390, GEOG 392, GEOG 393, GEOG 394, GEOG 395, GEOG 397, GEOG 398, GEOG 399, MART 306, MICR 331, MICR 332, MICR 335, MICR 336, PLBI 301, PLBI 302, SOCI 319, STAT 310, SURV 306, SURV 309

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Plus 

126 further points, including either requirements for an approved minor or approved second major subject or other approved papers.

*Students should examine prerequisites for their selected 200-level and 300-level papers when choosing their 100-level and 200-level options.

With approval from the Programme Director, other papers relevant to Agricultural Innovation may be substituted for one of the optional natural, human, or technical world papers at 100-level, one optional paper at 200-level and for one optional paper at 300-level.

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Total   360

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Minor subject requirements

Agricultural Innovation as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

AGRI 101  Agricultural Innovation

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200-level

AGRI 221 New Zealand Agricultural Systems*

One of natural world, human world, and technical world papers BIOC 221, BTNY 201, CHEM 206, ECOL 211, ENVI 211, FOSC 202, GENE 221, GENE 222, GENE 223, GEOG 216, GEOG 282, GEOG 283, GEOG 284, GEOG 285, GEOG 286, GEOG 287, GEOG 288, GEOG 289, GEOG 290, GEOG 298, GEOG 299, MART 211, MATS 204, MICR 221, MICR 222, STAT 210, SURV 206, SURV 208

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300-level

One of:

  • AGRI 321 Agricultural Production and Food Security*
  • AGRI 322 Innovation and Healthy Soils*
  • AGRI 323 Agricultural Genetics and Breeding*

One of AGRI 321, AGRI 322, AGRI 323 or natural world, human world, and technical world papers BIOC 352, BTNY 301, BTNY 302, BTNY 303, CHEM 306, ENVI 311, ENVI 312, FOSC 301, FOSC 308, GENE 312, GENE 314, GENE 315, GEOG 388, GEOG 389, GEOG 390, GEOG 392, GEOG 393, GEOG 394, GEOG 395, GEOG 397, GEOG 398, GEOG 399, MART 306, MICR 331, MICR 332, MICR 335, MICR 336, PLBI 301, PLBI 302, SOCI 319, STAT 310, SURV 306, SURV 309

Note: Students should check the prerequisites for their selected 300-level papers when choosing their 200-level options.

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Total   90

*To be introduced in 2021.

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