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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Degree of Bachelor of Horticultural Science

Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, and Graduate Certificates.

Part II


1. Admission to the Degree of Bachelor of Horticultural Science requires that the candidate will meet the University admission requirements as specified.

2. In all cases, if English is not the applicant's first language and the admission requirements were not completed at an educational institution where English is the medium of instruction, the applicant shall have achieved an IELTS of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.

Qualification Requirements

3. Candidates for the Degree of Bachelor of Horticultural Science shall follow a flexible programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 360 credits, comprising:

(a) not more than 165 credits at 100 level;

(b) at least 75 credits at 300 level;

and including:

(c) the courses defined by the Schedule for the Qualification;

(d) the remaining courses selected from any undergraduate courses offered by the University;

(e) attending contact workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.

4. Candidates who, in the opinion of the Academic Board, have passed with sufficient merit subjects for either a New Zealand University Diploma in Farm Management or a New Zealand Diploma in Horticultural Management or subjects for some other recognised tertiary qualification may be cross-credited with specified or unspecified courses not exceeding a total of 120 credits.


​5. The Degree of Bachelor of Horticultural Science is awarded without specialisation.

Academic Requirements

6. Candidates must complete to the satisfaction of the Academic Board two 13-week periods of practical work experience and a total of not less than 26 weeks of approved practical work experience in accordance with the following courses:

119.150 Practicum I 0 credits

119.250 Practicum II 0 credits
P 119.150

Completion Requirements

7. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, and Graduate Certificates will apply.

8. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes; candidates who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Diploma in Science and Technology should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

9. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Transitional Provisions

10. Students who transferred from the Bachelor of AgriScience to the Bachelor of Horticultural Science prior to 1 January 2019 may substitute a course or courses already taken towards the Horticultural major within the Bachelor of AgriScience, for courses at the same level in the Bachelor of Horticultural Science schedule in order to fulfil the requirements of the qualification, until 31 December 2021.

11. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree, all candidates who have passed at least 15 credits towards the Bachelor of Horticultural Science prior to 1 January 2020 will be permitted the following course substitutions:

(i) 119154 Molecules to Ecology for 247111 Science and Sustainability for Agriculture and Horticulture;

(ii) 119158 Physics and Chemistry for Applied Sciences for 123103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences;

(iii) 284101 Production Horticulture for 119120 Plants for Agriculture and Horticulture; and

(iv) 285301 Controlling Plant Pests and Diseases for 199310 Entomology.

These transition arrangements expire 31 December 2023.

Schedule for the Bachelor of Horticultural Science

Core courses (315 credits from)

112.248 Food and Agribusiness Value Chains 15 credits
P 119.180

112.301 International Food and Agribusiness Strategies 15 credits
P 112.248

115.113 Economics for Business 15 credits
R 115.106

119.150 Practicum I 0 credits

119.180 Introduction to Agribusiness 15 credits

119.250 Practicum II 0 credits
P 119.150

119.270 Policy, Regulation and Government in Primary Industry 15 credits

119.281 Decision Tools for Primary Industries 15 credits
P 119.180 and 161.140 and one of 117.152, 117.153, 119.120189.151, 283.101, 284.101, 286.101 R 111.231, 111.251, 111.252

119.373 Integrative Studies 15 credits
P 119.250

119.381 Decision-Making in Primary Industry 15 credits
P 1 of 119.281, 111.251, 111.231 R 111.351

120.101 Plant Biology 15 credits

123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences 15 credits
R 119.153, 119.158. 123.103 may not be taken after 123.101, 123.102, 123.104, 123.105, 123.171 or 123.172 have been passed.

138.301 Precision Agriculture Technologies 15 credits

161.140 Agri-Statistics 15 credits
R 161.100, 161.101, 161.111, 161.120, 161.122, 161.130, 115.101, 195.101

189.151 Principles of Soil Science 15 credits
P One of 119.153, 119.158, 123.101, 123.103 or 123.104

189.251 Soil Fertility and Fertilisers 15 credits
P 189.151 or 189.142

199.310 Entomology 15 credits
P 196.201 or 196.205 or 199.206 or 199.211 or 283.201 or 285.201

247.111 Science and Sustainability for Agriculture and Horticulture 15 credits
R 247.177, 141.111, 141.112, 228.111, 228.112, 247.155, 119.155, 246.102, 247.112, 247.113, 247.114

284.201 Horticultural Production Systems 15 credits
P 119.120 or 284.101

284.301 Horticultural Crop Development & Yield 15 credits
P 284.201 R 171.327, 171.328

284.342 Horticultural Productivity and Quality 15 credits
P 171.227 or 284.201 R 171.328, 171.329, 171.352

285.201 Understanding Plant Protection 15 credits
P 119.120 or 120.101 or 283.101 or 284.101 R 171.284

15 credits from

114.241 Principles of Human Resources Management 15 credits

115.212 Fundamentals of Leadership and Teamwork 15 credits
P 90 credits at 100 level

120.219 Plants and People 15 credits