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.

Unique Courses

  • Agriculture and Food Issues Problem Solving
  • Grain Crops
  • Plant Genetics
  • Pesticides and the Environment
  • Weed Science
  • Medicinal Plants
  • Agricultural Communication

Full course descriptions and a listing all courses, can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Career Opportunities

  • Agricultural consultant
  • Agronomic Advisor
  • Assistant Golf Course Superintendant
  • Crop Production Specialist
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Pest Management Specialist
  • Product Representative with an Agri-business firm
  • Research associate

What Students are Saying

Sometimes the best way to learn about a program is through meeting a current student. Meet them here:

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"The best part about my program is the people! With everyone having a similar interest in agriculture, there is always lots to talk about and you are constantly learning from one another." -Gloria Walch, CHATS student

Read the rest of Gloria's profile here.

Learn about other student experiences through the following student profiles:

What Grads are Doing

Want to know what types of exciting careers our graduates have? Meet Meagan Griffiths:

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"A main part of my role is to oversee our crop scouting program. This involves training and guiding university students who are my eyes in the fields and following up with reports that come from their findings and the making recommendations to our customers. In the off-season, I also deal with yield data cleanup, zone management, soil sampling and create variable rate prescriptions for inputs such as lime, seed and fertilizer."-Meagan Griffiths, Precision Agronomist

Read the rest of Meagan's profile here.

Learn About the Perks

Join a dynamic industry.

Careers in agriculture are unique, flexible and in high demand. OAC graduates become leaders in the agriculture and food sectors.

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Find your

Join one of U of G's unique clubs like the OAC Soil and Crop Club that brings together everyone with a passion for the cropping aspects of agriculture.

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Access funding support. 

OAC offers a range of scholarships, bursaries, awards and travel grants. In 2019, 433 student awards were given out totaling over $1.5 million!

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Our OAC Student Liaison team is here to help! Have you applied to or are you considering this program, but have some questions? Not sure who to ask? Ask us! Our team of program experts will happily answer your questions or direct them to the people who can. Ask your questions here.