University of Guelph 1997-98 Undergraduate Calendar

X--Degree Programs

Program Information

Agricultural scientists must be effective communicators and problem solvers, self-directed in their learning, and have a global perspective on the agrifood systems. A series of 14 agricultural science (01-XXX) courses throughout the program enables students to further develop their abilities in communications, analysis and problem solving, computer applications and to increase their interpersonal skills. Students will be involved in cooperative group learning activities and will experience courses that are multidisciplinary and integrate the teaching activities of many faculty and departments.

Students will have the option of completing an unspecialized program or identifying one of five areas of specialization, or majors, in which they take a series of 8 courses.

The curriculum provides opportunities for students to select courses that will help them prepare for professional careers as entrepreneurs, scientists, marketing specialists, financial managers, technical advisors, or communications specialists. Students will have a comprehensive understanding of the food system when they graduate. They will be able to integrate their knowledge of production agriculture, environmental management, resource allocation and business management as it applies to the food system nationally and globally.

Students will be encouraged to integrate their academic program with a well-planned series of employment activities in the summer months and to develop their leadership and interpersonal skills in on-campus and community activities. There is a strong commitment in the curriculum to the philosophy of "whole person development" and students are encouraged to identify personal goals that they wish to accomplish in each of these areas of their development.

B.Sc.(Agr.) graduates meet the educational requirements for membership in the Ontario Institute of Agrologists. The Ontario Institute of Agrologists is the professional organization in agriculture in the Province of Ontario. Professional institutes in the various provinces in Canada and the scientific societies in agriculture collectively comprise the Agricultural Institute of Canada.

Students may graduate with a degree in agricultural science unspecialized. Courses are selected in consultation with a faculty advisor and must include 4 courses in the agricultural sciences at the 300 level or higher. Students who wish to specialize in 1 of the major areas of study may do so by completing the 8 courses identified for each major and taken in semesters 5 through 8, plus the 2 designated restrictive electives in semesters 3 and 4.

Majors are available in:

Students may, with appropriate approvals, elect to complete Minors associated with other degree programs as listed in the undergraduate calendar.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to participate in national and international study opportunities at other faculties of agricultural science in Canada and in selected countries around the world.

The B.Sc.(Agr.) degree program is similar in many respects to programs offered at faculties of agricultural science in other provinces in Canada. On occasion students may wish to consider taking a year of study at one of these other faculties or colleges. Students interested in a transfer program should consult the Dean's Office, O.A.C. to discuss their interest, and refer to the scholarship section for financial support. Students are also encouraged to consider studying for 1 or 2 semesters in a faculty or college of agriculture in another country.

For more specific information on these opportunities refer to Section V - Special Study Opportunities in this calendar, or contact the OAC Dean's Office.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Students in the B.Sc.(Agr.) program normally apply for admission to the Pre-Veterinary Year in semester 2. Applications must be submitted to the Admissions Services, Office of Registrarial Services. Students should consult the D.V.M. Section of the calendar. Students who do not gain admission to the Pre-Veterinary Year are eligible to continue in the B.Sc.(Agr.) program in subsequent years.

Students planning to enter the Pre-Veterinary Year must include biology, chemistry, and physics in addition to calculus in their OAC program if all of the subjects required for admission to the Pre-Veterinary Year are to be obtained in 2 semesters.

Normal Course Load

Five courses is a normal full-time course load in the B.Sc.(Agr.) program. Full-time students may, at their own discretion, register for 4 or 6 courses.

Continuation of Study

Students are advised to consult the regulations for continuation of study within the program which are outlined in detail in Section VIII, Undergraduate Degree Regulations & Procedures.

Conditions for Graduation

Schedules B and C

In order to qualify for graduation from the 8 semester honours B.Sc.(Agr.) program, the student must have completed successfully the stated course requirements for the program, and at least 60% of all course attempts must be at grade 60% or better.

1998-99 Undergraduate Calendar
X--Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - B.Sc.(Agr.)

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