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Overview

New Zealand’s economy relies on productive primary industries, which generate more than $36 billion a year in export earnings. To support future export growth, it will be important to increase both the variety and the value of our primary products, while reducing the negative impacts agriculture has on our natural environment. The academic programme in Agricultural Innovation is designed to focus students’ learning on the major issues in agriculture which impact on food production, security, safety and quality. It will explore the innovative changes in agriculture that will be required to mitigate extreme weather events, greenhouse gas emissions, environmental degradation and the quality of soil and water. Teaching will focus on a combination of agricultural practices involving traditional and alternative farming, and food production systems, necessary to guarantee food security in the future to sustain increasing global populations.

The new major and minor in Agricultural Innovation are designed to capitalise on the extensive academic and research expertise in agriculture, food and the environment, at the University of Otago. The teaching programme is primarily science-focussed but also incorporates social, environmental, and economic aspects of agriculture, including traditional and contemporary Māori agriculture and Mātauranga Māori. Increased breadth is developed through optional papers, from multiple specialities, linked to study of the natural world, human world, and technical world. Each Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) student will add a minor or second major in an area that will allow further specialisation to produce professional graduates in AgriTech, AgriEnv or AgriBus.

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

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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.

18

18

18

 

 

36

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

18

18

18

18

300-level

AGRI321  Agricultural Production and Food Security (to be introduced 2021)

AGRI322  Innovation and Healthy Soils (to be introduced 2021)

AGRI323  Agricultural Genetics and Breeding (to be introduced 2021)

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

18

18

18

18

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.

126

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

18 

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

18

18

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.

18

 

 

 

 

 

18

Total   90

*To be introduced in 2021.

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