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Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) Agricultural Innovation
Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) Agricultural Innovation

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) Agricultural Innovation

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

English Requirements

  • IELTS Academic, IELTS score of 6.0 in the academic module (with no individual band below 5.5). IELTS Online is also accepted.

  • Internet-based TOEFL, Score of 80 (writing 20) TOEFL iBT Home Edition is currently accepted for applications for intakes commencing semester 2 2022 and 2023 intakes. The University of Otago TOEFL institution code is: 9483 (Please note we do not accept MyBest TOEFL scores).

  • Paper-based TOEFL, Score of 550 (TWE 4.5) The University of Otago TOEFL institution code is: 9483

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169)

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169)

Course Information

Food production has increased by more than 300% since the advent of the Green Revolution in the 1940s. Nature has productive limits, so it has been necessary to develop alternative but complementary strategies to feed the world’s increasing population. The innovative technologies that produce alternative foods require natural resources that are renewable and sustainable.

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.

Why study Agricultural Innovation?

Agricultural Innovation focuses on the major issues in agriculture that impact food production, security, safety and quality. The programme explores the innovative changes in agriculture required to mitigate the impact of extreme weather events, greenhouse gas emissions, and degradation of soil and water quality.

Teaching focuses on the agricultural and industrial processes that drive food production systems necessary to guarantee food security in a world with ever-increasing demands for food.

You will learn how innovation is used to advance economic, societal, and ethical goals, such as increasing the monetary and nutritional value of food while reducing the negative environmental impacts.

Māori perspectives relating to agriculture and the importance of Māori throughout the primary sector will be woven into the fabric of the course, providing students with an ethical framework and guidelines for engagement.

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  • 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:

Natural world papers:

  • BIOC 192  Foundations of Biochemistry

  • BIOL 112  Animal Biology

  • BIOL 123  Plants: How They Shape the World

  • ECOL 111  Ecology and Conservation of Diversity

  • GEOG 101  Physical Geography

Human world papers:

  • BSNS 111  Business and Society

  • BSNS 113  Economic Principles and Policy

  • ENVI 111  Environment and Society

  • FOSC 111  Food Principles

  • GEOG 102  Human Geography

  • MART 112  Marketing Management

  • PHIL 103  Ethical Issues

  • POPH 192  Population Health

Technical world papers:

  • BSNS 115  Accounting and Information Systems

  • COMO 101  Modelling and Computation

  • COMP 101  Foundation of Information Systems

  • COMP 151  Programming for Scientists

  • COMP 161  Computer Programming

  • COMP 162  Foundations of Computer Science

  • MATH 130  Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics 1

  • PHSI 191  Biological Physics

  • STAT 110  Statistical Methods

  • STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics

  • SURV 102  Geospatial Science

Recommended: complete at least one paper from all three lists., 18


  • AGRI 221  New Zealand Agricultural Systems

  • 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


  • AGRI 321  Agricultural Production and Food Security

  • AGRI 322  Innovation and Healthy Soils

  • AGRI 323  Agricultural Genetics and Breeding

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

  • 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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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

After graduating with a BAppSc majoring in Agricultural Innovation, you will have the expertise to enable employment in the agricultural and food sector.

You’ll have the opportunity to work in many sectors of our economy:

  • Biosecurity

  • Central government

  • Environment protection agencies / ERMA

  • Farming or horticulture

  • Food manufacturing

  • Food assurance programmes (AgriQuality)

  • Organic nutrient and fertiliser companies

  • Regulatory agencies (regional government)

  • Research and development within scientific or corporate entities

  • Rural financial service agencies / banking / insurance / accountancy

  • Synthetic food production

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Health Insurance: 600 per year

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