Associate Degree in Horticulture (Production) [exit point only]
About the course
The Bachelor of Horticulture course at CSU offers two specialisations:
Technical and business management training for the fruit, nut, vegetable and flower industries. This specialisation includes an Associate Degree exit point.
The Bachelor of Horticulture (Production) places an emphasis on the integration of the science and technology of horticulture with business management capability. This integration of production technology with business skills in finance, marketing, people management and law, aims to develop a multi-skilled professional capable of fulfilling a range of management and leadership roles in these industries.
Production Horticulture is offered from the Orange Campus by both full-time on campus study and distance education. Residential schools may be required at mostly Orange (or Wagga Wagga) for subjects taken by distance education. Regular field trips are made to rural businesses. The Campus has well established facilities for horticultural education including plant propagation and glass houses within a horticulture centre. Orange is located in close proximity to major fruit, vegetable, nut, flower and grape industries.
This specialisation focuses on technical and applied science training for the amenity, landscaping and environmental horticulture industries.
The environmental consequences of urbanisation are immense and environmental horticulture can play a major role in improving the quality and amenity of urban environments. Environmental horticulture graduates could be involved in the design, construction and management of landscapes for councils, corporations, public spaces, or domestic properties as well as plant propagation and nursery production. Graduates with management training are in demand to develop and maintain landscapes for an increasingly environmentally conscious population.
Environmental Horticulture is only offered by distance education at the Wagga Wagga Campus. Some Orange based subjects may require attendance at residential schools at Orange.
The latest facilities
Theory and practice are combined in the University's various on campus facilities that include an irrigation demonstration area, nursery production area, horticultural plantings and the unique nature of Wagga Wagga and surrounds.
Where it will take you
Horticulture covers a wide range of industries and activities that are increasingly important to Australia and the world.
Production Horticulture graduates could be involved in the production, postharvest and marketing of horticultural products. These industries increasingly need managers and technical people who can service corporate horticulture, service and advisory businesses, the marketing chain and family farms.
Environmental Horticulture graduates could be involved in the design, construction and management of landscapes for councils, corporations, public spaces, or domestic properties as well as plant propagation and nursery production. Graduates with management training are in demand to develop and maintain landscapes for an increasingly environmentally conscious population.
Articulation and Credit
The Bachelor of Horticulture is well suited to TAFE graduates who wish to upgrade their existing qualifications and to those in, or wishing to enter, these exciting industries. Arrangements are in place to assist with this articulation.
CSU's Science Scholarships are available for on campus applicants to this course, providing $4000 per annum for up to four years (subject to satisfactory progress). Once awarded the Scholarship, the money is the student's to spend in the way that assists them most.
Applicants must achieve a University Admissions Index (UAI)(NSW) or ENTER(VIC) of 80 and above (inclusive of the Regional Bonus) to be eligible to receive the Scholarship.
To apply, download the Science Scholarships application form, complete all sections, then return the form to the Scholarships Officer before the end of October in the year prior to commencing your studies.
To graduate with the award Bachelor of Horticulture students must complete 24 subjects.
Students also need to undertake six weeks of Industry Practice within an approved horticultural business.
Students will graduate from the Bachelor of Horticulture with the award BHort.
Geoff Burrows (BSc. PhD Qld)
Geoff is the Coordinator for the Environmental Horticulture option. He is a botanist with expertise in plant structure, plant propagation and the design of online interactive teaching materials. Geoff has been teaching at CSU for the past twenty years, and teaches in plant identification, taxonomy and plant propagation subjects. He has studied remnant vegetation in the Murrumbidgee catchment and has published widely on seed, cuttings and tissue culture propagation.
Peter Mills (MScAgric)
Peter is the Coordinator for the Production Horticulture option. He has an industry and teaching background, having consulted throughout Africa and the Middle East in export horticulture and stewardship of crop protection products. He has taught at several universities, across a wide range of subjects, and this together with his extensive consulting and practical background, helps build the integrated knowledge of students, preparing them for the real world of production horticulture.