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Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Science)
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
The US $8 trillion agrifood sector is the largest contributor to economic development globally. In Ireland, the agrifood sector is a rapid-growth sector extensively providing food, employment and livelihoods.
The dynamic agrifood sector requires multidisciplinary skills to advance both agricultural productivity and sustainability, from production to consumption. This degree has a major focus on agricultural sustainability and innovation. Graduates will be equipped with practical multidisciplinary skills to pursue vibrant careers across all areas of agriculture and agrifood. To make a difference in the agrifood sector, you should choose this exciting new course.
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Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e., Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint), Computer Science or Agricultural Science) and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Next start date
A Level Grades (2023)
QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes
Mode of study
• Key concepts in Agricultural Science and Agrifood Technology
• Biological and Chemical Sciences
• Sustainability and Business
This year is taught through lectures, labbased practical classes, interactive online assessments and AgSci tutorials and seminars.
• Rural Environments
• Animal Nutrition
• Sustainability & Management
• Food Chemistry
• Agrigeography and Geographical Information Systems
• The practical Fieldwork and Skills Development module is a particularly important part of Year 2.
• Agrisciences for Global Development
• Soil Sciences
• Forestry Systems
• Organic Farming
You will specialise further in your academic training and spend a semester on a work placement within a leading and dynamic agricultural or agrifood enterprise.
You will select from a range of tailored modules to provide you with the skills needed for your future career. These will support your Final Year Project Thesis, a 20 ECTS project within University of Galway research groups (e.g, of the Ryan Institute) or a research placement at Teagasc or other leading agri-institutions in Ireland and globally. The taught 4th year module options include:
• Advanced Livestock Science
• Sustainable Grassland Systems
• Crop Science & Agronomy
• Crop Genetics
• Climate Change & Agriculture
• Agriextension & Communications
• Agricultural Biotechnology
• Project & Financial Management & Structures
• Food Innovation Systems & Value Chains.
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (60 Credits)Required DEV1102: Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CH130: Chemistry: The World of the Molecule - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required BO101: Biology - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required AG1101: Introduction to Agricultural Science - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PH101: Physics - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required DEV1100: Introduction to Sustainable Development I - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Year 2 (60 Credits)Required AG2103: Animal Health, Welfare and Quality Assurance - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required AG2102: Farm safety and on-farm Risk Assessment - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required AG2101: Livestock Animal Nutrition - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required TI2102: Introduction To GIS - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Required DEV2101: Sustainable Agriculture - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required TI230: Economic Geography - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required AG2105: Farming for a Circular Bioeconomy - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required AG2104: Animal Breeding and Reproductive Physiology - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required PAB2101: AgriBiosciences - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required TI258: Rural Environments: Sustainability & Management - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required DEV2100: Comparative Rural Business Development - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Year 3 (60 Credits)Optional DEV1103: Introduction to International Development - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional AG3102: Alternative placement report - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional BO2101: Scientific Writing Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required DEV3100: Farm Financial Management and Planning - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required AG3101: Grassland & Forage Production - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required PAB3101: Soil Science - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required PAB3102: AgriBiosciences for Sustainable Global Development - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required TI369: Geographical Perspectives on Rural Change - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required AG3104: Farm practice and performance benchmarking - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Required AG3103: Agri-food Placement - 20 Credits - Semester 6
Year 4 (60 Credits)Required PAB4103: Climate Change, Plants & Agriculture - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required TI3126: Geographies of Tourism: Planning, Development and Sustainability - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required DEV2104: Food Systems and Geographies - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required AG4101: Animal Systems I (dairy) - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required AG4102: Animal Systems II (beef) - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required AG4104: Farm Planning - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional AG2105: Farming for a Circular Bioeconomy - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional DEV2103: International Development Seminar - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional PAB3103: Plant and Agricultural Genetics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required AG4105: Animal Systems III (sheep, pigs & poultry) - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required PAB4104: Plant and Agri-Biotechnologies - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required AG4103: Agronomy of Crop Production - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required DEV4100: Farm Business Planning - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required DEV4101: Whole Farm Planning - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Graduates will be extremely well positioned to pursue postgraduate programs at Masters or PhD level. In particular, graduates will be eligible to pursue more specialised agri-related Masters degree programs at University Galway, including:
As the largest Research Institute in University of Galway, whose sustainability mission is focused on agriculture and bioeconomy, the Ryan Institute (www.ryaninstitute.ie) maintains a list of all available postgraduate programs in University of Galway which maybe of Interest to the graduates of the BSc Agricultural Sciences program at University of Galway: www.universityofgalway.ie/ryaninstitute/ postgraduateprograms/.
Why Choose This Course?
The University of Galway BSc Agricultural Science degree is designed to meet the demand from agrifood employers in Ireland and globally for graduates with the interdisciplinary skills and depth of knowledge of the agrifood sector that can effect positive change within the institutions and in the sector.
The top 1000 agrifood companies in Ireland are listed on: http://www.top1000. ie/industries/agribusiness. At the global level, agrifood companies feature very strongly in the Forbes 2000 list of the largest companies globally: https://www. forbes.com/global2000/#4cc0efed335d. In addition to careers in existing companies, graduates with interests in entrepreneurship and self-employment will be facilitated to pursue the establishment of their own enterprises. TheUniversity of Galway BSc Agricultural Science degree has extensive contacts with public sector and NGO institutions that can also provide excellent career pathways for our graduates.
Who’s Suited to This Course
Transferable Skills Employers Value
In Year Three, students spend a semester on a work placement within a leading and dynamic agricultural or agrifood enterprise.
The BSc Agricultural Science degree will encourage and facilitate study abroad opportunities for students as they arise and where they are high-quality and consistent with the mission and quality education outcomes mission of the BSc Agricultural Science degree at University of Galway.
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