Crop Science

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Propose solutions to production challenges and improve agronomic cropping systems.

The Crop Science major of the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree program is designed for students who want to apply the latest scientific advancement to solving current problems in agronomy and cropping. This is the major for you, if you want to focus on the production of field crops for food, fuel or biomaterials, and breeding improved crop varieties.

You will also have the option to learn through a variety of field trips, experiential learning in the workplace and independent study projects. Graduate with knowledge in genetics and biotechnology, biochemistry, crop protection, crop physiology, crop ecology, economics, and soil science.

This new major, offered and administered by the Department of Plant Agriculture, replaces the previously offered Crop, Horticulture and Turfgrass Sciences (CHATS) major. You may also be interested in the Horticulture major. Program format: on-campus, in-person. 

Admission Requirements

Ontario secondary school students applying to the program require English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), 2 courses from  Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), Physics (SPH4U), and 2 additional 4U or 4M courses. Students that are mature, transfer, or applying from outside Ontario should visit the admission requirements page to learn about their requirements.

Plant Program Information Night

Join us virtually on October 5th at 7:00 PM to learn about OAC plant programs! The event will include a program presentation and a panel of current students, recent alumni, and faculty to answer all your questions. Register for the Plant Program Information Night here.

Unique Courses

  • Cropping Systems
  • Precision Techniques for Plant Agriculture
  • Tropical and Sub-Tropical Crops
  • Protein and Oilseed Crops
  • Managed Grasslands
  • Grain Crops

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

Career Opportunities

  • Agricultural consultant
  • Agronomic advisor
  • Crop production specialist
  • Pest management specialist
  • Plant breeder
  • 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 2020, 687 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? Check out the following pages to learn more: