Bachelor of Natural Science (Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security)

Approved Abbreviation: BNatSc(SustAg&FdSec)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3669.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 074710B

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2014 onwards.

Commencement Year 2013 - 3669.1 Bachelor of Natural Science (Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security)

By 2050 global food demand is forecast to be 70% greater than current demand. This increasing demand must be achieved from a degraded natural resource base and with a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. To effectively address these issues will require a fundamental shift in the way we view and manage the environment, agriculture, food and health. A Bachelor of Natural Science (Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security) will explore the interconnections between food security, agriculture and the environment, social stability, health, plants and animals, and the sustainable use of resources (including energy and water and the management/reuse of "wastes"). You will gain critical thinking skills and the ability to contribute innovative solutions to the complex challenges of future sustainable agriculture and food security. The program embeds an integrated suite focussing on sustainable agriculture and food security including crop and animal production, agronomy, animal science, soil and water in the landscape, plant health and biosecurity, post harvest, global nutrition, food and community. There are a range of majors and sub-majors (agricultural economics and environmental sustainability and management) offered in Natural Science and Science that can add diversity and/or focus to your degree, to help match your studies to your career aspiration.

Study Mode
Three years full-time.


Assumed Knowledge: One or more units of Agriculture, Business Studies, Geography, Society and Culture, and any two units of Mathematics and any two units of Science.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.


International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Recommended Sequence

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequences below.

Year 1

Autumn session

300811Scientific Literacy
300804Feeding the Planet
300808Introductory Chemistry

Spring session

300810Resource Sustainability
300831Quantitative Thinking
300815Crop Production
300805Food Science 1

Year 2

Autumn session

300931Integrated Science
301389Agriculture, Food and Health

And one elective

Spring session

300932Natural Science Research Methods
300875Landuse and the Environment
300791Sustainable Food Production

Year 3

Autumn session

300913Field Project 1
300921Plant Health and Biosecurity

And two electives

Spring session

300914Field Project 2
300870Water in the Landscape
300917Global Nutrition, Food and Community

Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points) including the sub-majors listed below.


SM3048Climate Change

Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for sub-majors

Students who maintain a GPA of 5 or higher may use elective units toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major in Critical Thinking.

SM3083.1 Critical Thinking

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

MyStudentRecords (MySR)

Replaced Units

The units listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in 2020 or earlier.

300790 - Agriculture, Food and Health

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