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Help to solve 2 of the biggest problems facing humans today: food security and our dependency on fossil fuels.

In this major, you’ll learn and apply the science behind breeding high-yielding, pest-resistant crops to help farmers increase their productivity.

You'll study ecology, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant biotechnology, and apply your knowledge to use plant-based sources to develop biofuels, medicines or healthier food products.

Studying plant science can lead to rewarding career opportunities as a researcher, consultant or teacher with multinational companies, universities or government departments.

Highlights

57 in the world for biological sciences

QS World University Rankings 2023

20 in the world for environmental sciences

QS World University Rankings 2023

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Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Environmental engineer
  • Agricultural engineer
  • Environmental scientist
  • Agronomist
  • Plant biotechnology researcher

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)

$40K–$85K

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Graduate salary

Agriculture & environmental studies (undergraduate)

$50K–$59K

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How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Biodiscovery from Plants
  • Plant Diseases
  • Plant Biology
  • Advanced Plant Biology and Biotechnology
  • Plant Identification and Vegetation Classification

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