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Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.)

Food and Agricultural Business (FAB)

Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Ontario Agricultural College

In this major, students will acquire the management education needed to succeed in the dynamic and innovative food and agribusiness industries. Building on an understanding of economic theory and applied methods in both the Canadian and the global context, the program prepares graduates with technical, entrepreneurial and leadership skills for a variety of professional opportunities in industry, government agencies and non-governmental organizations. The major provides a complete foundation for further studies leading to a graduate degree or professional accounting designation.

The major is administered by the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics in the Ontario Agricultural College and students are urged to consult the departmental advisor. For this major, 16.00 of the 20.00 credits are specified as core requirements, 2.00 are restricted electives, 1.50 are Liberal Education electives, and 0.50 are free electives.

Liberal Education Requirement

As part of the graduation requirement all students within the B.Comm. Program are required to complete 1.50 credits from at least two different subject prefixes as listed under the B.Comm. Program Information section of the undergraduate calendar.

Given the professional and applied nature of the program, there are no double majors or minors associated with the degree. Elective options enable students to select courses which support or complement their primary field of study. Students interested in earning the Certificate in Leadership can use a combination of restricted, Liberal Education, and free electives to do so. See http://www.leadershipcertificate.com/ for information regarding this Certificate and its course requirements.


Semester 1
ECON*1050 [0.50] Introductory Microeconomics
MATH*1030 [0.50] Business Mathematics
MCS*1000 [0.50] Introductory Marketing
MGMT*1000 [1.00] Introduction to Business
Semester 2
ACCT*2220 [0.50] Financial Accounting
ECON*1100 [0.50] Introductory Macroeconomics
FARE*1400 [1.00] Economics of the Agri-Food System
One of:
CIS*1200 [0.50] Introduction to Computing
FARE*1300 [0.50] Poverty, Food & Hunger
Semester 3
ECON*2310 [0.50] Intermediate Microeconomics
ECON*2740 [0.50] Economic Statistics
HROB*2100 [1.00] Managing People in Organizations
If CIS*1200 has not been taken in Semester 2:
One of:
CIS*1200 [0.50] Introduction to Computing
MCS*2020 [0.50] Marketing Information Management
If CIS*1200 has been taken in Semester 2:
0.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 4
ACCT*2230 [0.50] Management Accounting
ECON*2410 [0.50] Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECON*2770 [0.50] Introductory Mathematical Economics
FARE*2410 [0.50] Agrifood Markets and Policy
0.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 5
ECON*2560 [0.50] Theory of Finance
ECON*3740 [0.50] Introduction to Econometrics
FARE*2700 [0.50] Survey of Natural Resource Economics
FARE*3310 [0.50] Operations Management
MGMT*3320 [0.50] Financial Management
Semester 6
FARE*4240 [0.50] Futures and Options Markets
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Semester 7
FARE*3030 [0.50] The Firm and Markets
FARE*4370 [0.50] Food & Agri Marketing Management
MGMT*4000 [0.50] Strategic Management
One of:
HROB*3050 [0.50] Employment Law
MCS*3040 [0.50] Business and Consumer Law
REAL*4840 [0.50] Housing and Real Estate Law
0.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 8
AGR*4600 [1.00] Agriculture and Food Issues Problem Solving
FARE*4000 [0.50] Agricultural and Food Policy
FARE*4220 [0.50] Advanced Agribusiness Management
0.50 electives or restricted electives
Restricted Electives

A minimum of 2.00 credits from the following list:

FARE*1300 [0.50] Poverty, Food & Hunger
FARE*3170 [0.50] Cost-Benefit Analysis
FARE*4210 [0.50] World Agriculture, Food Security and Economic Development
FARE*4310 [0.50] Resource Economics
FARE*4360 [0.50] Marketing Research
FARE*4500 [0.50] Decision Science
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