Crop, Horticulture and Turfgrass Sciences

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This major focus of the Crop, Horticulture and Turfgrass Sciences (CHATS) major of the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree program is on the science of plants, whether for food and fibre production or for urban landscapes. You can develop expertise in the science of plant agriculture with specific training in areas appropriate for traditional crop production or more specific urban agricultural applications. You will learn to apply your knowledge in ways that maintain biodiversity, protect environmental quality, address public and scientific concerns and provide aesthetic, cultural and recreational opportunities.

This program is offered and administered by the Department of Plant Agriculture.

Admission Requirements

Ontario students applying to the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - Crop, Horticulture and Turfgrass Sciences program require 4U English; Advanced Functions; two courses from 4U Biology, Chemistry and Physics; two additional 4U or 4M courses. Students who are lacking a specific 4U subject requirement but who have a high overall academic standing are encouraged to apply for admission.
Full information on admissions requirements can be found here in the Undergraduate Calendar.

How to Apply

This program is for you, if:

  • You enjoy working in a variety of settings (lab, office, field)
  • You like plant biology
  • You want a career that will adapt to societal needs

Sample First Year Courses

Full course descriptions and a listing of second, third and fourth year courses, can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Life as a CHATS Student

Sometimes the best way to learn about a program is through meeting a current student. Read about student experiences through the following student profiles:  

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Mehrdad Behzadian
CHATS student
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Caleb Niemeyer
CHATS student
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Christopher Olbach
CHATS student

Career Opportunities

  • Agricultural consultant
  • Agronomic Advisor
  • Assistant Golf Course Superintendant
  • Crop Production Specialist
  • Golf course superintendent
  • Grounds and Facilities Crew Member
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Pest Management Specialist
  • Product Representative with an Agri-business firm
  • Research associate
  • Sales manager
  • Sod Farmer