Organic Agriculture

Four students work in rows of green lettuce

Students entering into the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program share a common first year of core courses. During the first year, students are encouraged to discuss their future plans with staff and faculty to help them decide on one of the four majors, Organic Agriculture being one of them.

The Organic Agriculture major offers students an integrated approach to learning in the rapidly expanding world of organic agriculture. Courses encompass food production, food security, organic processing and marketing, environmental health and rural community sustainability. How various factors influence one another is considered in the design and operation of crop and livestock production systems that are socially responsible, ecologically sound, agronomically feasible and economically sustainable.

This major is offered and administered by the Department of Plant Agriculture and the School of Environmental Sciences.

Admission Requirements

Ontario students applying to the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - Organic Agriculture 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: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/undergraduate/current/c04/index.shtml

Sample First Year Courses

Semester 1

  • Introduction to the Agri-Food Systems
  • Biology of Plants & Animals in Managed Ecosystems
  • General Chemistry I
  • Elements of Calculus I

Semester 2

  • Agroecology
  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • General Chemistry II
  • Economics of the Agri-Food System

For full course descriptions and a listing of second, third and fourth year courses, check out the undergraduate calendar here: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/undergraduate/current/c10/c10bsc_arg-oagr.shtml

Life as an Organic Agriculture Student

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

Career Opportunities

  • Organic/Ecological farmer
  • Organic marketing coordinator
  • Government advisor
  • Organic certification officer