Conventional, intensive agricultural approaches have left in their wake a growing number of serious environmental issues, degrading soils and reducing landscape water holding capacity. Looking to the future of food production demands that we rethink our approach to farming systems.
Drawing on the University’s specialist expertise in plant science, agronomy, ecology, agroforestry, environmental chemistry, and socio-ecological systems, this major delves into the emerging practices of, and growing evidence-base for regenerative agriculture, examining human ecology, agroecology, regenerative agronomy, and soil management as well as the planning of rural landscapes.
The Bachelor of Science with a major in regenerative agriculture develops specialist knowledge in a whole-of-system approach to food production and farm management. It is designed for students who want to be a part of a new way of farming that better supports and is supported by natural processes, building more resilient farms and farmers in a future of increased seasonal and weather variability.
Developed with leaders in regenerative agriculture:
This degree is a world first and was championed by the Regenerative Agricultural Alliance (RAA) and members of its Industry Advisory Group. RAA exists to improve the holistic health and wellbeing of Australian landscapes, farmers and communities through research, education, and collaboration. Extensive consultation was undertaken with Southern Cross University to develop a regenerative agriculture degree that builds ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking to improve agricultural resilience and address complex real-world challenges.
Students select four core units including an integrated project or internship. These double-weighted units allow students to either complete an on-farm research project or an internship based on their area of interest. These study options provide students with an opportunity to focus on a project of personal interest, supporting the implementation of real and practical change in a farming context.
The course starts:
- February 2020
- July 2020
- Farming systems
- Alternative farming systems
- Regenerative agriculture: strategies and practices
- Soil management
- Regenerative agronomy
- Planning rural landscapes
- Ecological perspectives: human ecology
- Most domestic undergraduate fees are Commonwealth-Supported Places (CSP)
- For more information about course fees visit: https://www.scu.edu.au/current-students/student-administration/fees-and-charges/domestic-fee-information/undergraduate-domestic-tuition-fees/