• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Forestry, Geography
  • Major code AGIN-MAJ

With a major in Agricultural Innovation you will have the skills required to solve the complex challenges facing society. Globally agriculture will need to feed over nine billion people by 2050. With a changing climate and increasing competition for land, water and energy resources, the agricultural sector will need to find innovative ways to do more with less. To achieve this, interdisciplinary and co-innovation approaches to problem solving will be required.

By completing courses in agricultural systems, environmental management, sustainability, innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking, engineering and systems design, you will have the skills to integrate and adapt knowledge from different disciplines to design novel solutions to complex problems.

You will learn from world-leading experts from across ANU, and its industry partners, through initiatives including the Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology (CEAT), a joint ANU-CSIRO initiative. In partnership with government and industry, CEAT brings together research and technology to address industry challenges, cutting across traditional discipline boundaries.

Through integrated industry projects and placements, graduates will gain applied industry relevant skills and a deep understanding of the challenges faced by industry and society. By working with industry stakeholders on applied problems, graduates will develop the skills needed to translate research and theory into real-world outcomes and impact.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of agricultural systems and value chains.

  2. Critically analyse published literature of relevance to agricultural innovation systems in the context of resilience to environmental, economic and social drivers of change.

  3. Apply knowledge of innovation systems to identify emerging opportunities and solve challenges in the agricultural sector.

  4. Integrate and adapt appropriate knowledge and problem-solving methods to co-design novel solutions with stakeholders and clients effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.

  5. Clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats.

Other Information

Which courses should I enrol in: Most courses do not require prerequisites outside of the major. However, you are strongly advised to enrol in ENVS1003 Intro to Environmental and Social Research and ENVS1004 Australia's Environment in your first year, as these courses are prerequisites for several later courses in the major and therefore will provide you with more options as you progress through the major.

Additional information:

  • For students taking ENVS3016, SCNC3000 and SCNC3022 as part of this major, the internship or special topic must be in the field of Agricultural Innovation.
  • Students should note that this major only requires 2 x 3000 level coded courses. In order to complete the overall Science degree requirements of 5 x 3000 level course from the Science course list, students will need to complete another 3 x 3000 level Science courses.
  • As an exception, courses listed in this major but not listed in the Science course list will contribute towards the 96 unit Science requirement for students completing the major.

Students with any questions should seek further advice from the academic convener of the Agricultural Innovation major.

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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

12 units from the completion of the following Agricultural Systems courses:

ENVS2023 - Sustainable Agricultural Systems (6 units)

ENVS3042 - Agricultural Innovation (6 units)

A minimum of 6 units from the completion of Systems Thinking courses from the following list:

ENGN3410 - Engineering Sustainable Systems (6 units)

MGMT2009 - Design Thinking: Entrepreneurial Innovation (6 units)

ENVS3040 - Complex Environmental Problems in Action (6 units)

6 units from the completion of a Quantitative Skills course from the following list:

ENVS1003 - Introduction to Environmental and Social Research (6 units)

STAT1003 - Statistical Techniques (6 units)

STAT1008 - Quantitative Research Methods (6 units)

ENVS2002 - Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring (6 units)

ENVS2018 - Environmental Science Field School (6 units)


6 units from the completion of a Research and Professional Practice course from the following list:

ENVS3016 - Special Topic (6-12 units)

SCNC3000 - Science Internship (6-12 units)

SCNC3022 - Special Topics in Science (6-12)

A minimum of 6 units from the completion of Science and Society courses from the following list:

ENVS1004 - Australia's Environment (6 units)

ENVS2007 - Economics for the Environment (6 units)

ENVS2011 - Human Ecology (6 units)

ENVS2015 - GIS and Spatial Analysis (6 units)

ENVS2024 - Agricultural Systems (6 units)

ENVS3004 - Land and Catchment Management (6 units)

ENVS3019 - Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS (6 units)

ENGN1211 - Discovering Engineering (6 units)

ENGN2300 - Engineering Design 2: Systems Approaches for Design (6 units)

MGMT2001 - Corporate Sustainability (6 units)

MGMT3021 - Leadership (6 units)

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