X. Degree Programs

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 faculty advisor.

Degree Requirements (20.00 Total Credits)

15.50 - Required Core Courses

1.00 - Restricted Electives (from lists)

0.00 – MGMT*1100 (Business Career Preparation)

1.50 - Liberal Education Electives

2.00 - Free Electives


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*1220 [0.50] Introductory Financial Accounting
ECON*1100 [0.50] Introductory Macroeconomics
FARE*1400 [1.00] Economics of the Agri-Food System
0.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 3
ECON*2310 [0.50] Intermediate Microeconomics
ECON*2740 [0.50] Economic Statistics
HROB*2090 [0.50] Individuals and Groups in Organizations
MCS*2020 [0.50] Information Management
MGMT*1100 [0.00] Business Career Preparation
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*3310 [0.50] Operations Management
MGMT*3020 [0.50] Corporate Social Responsibility
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 1.00 credits from the following list:

FARE*1300 [0.50] Poverty, Food & Hunger
FARE*2700 [0.50] Survey of Natural Resource Economics
FARE*3170 [0.50] Cost-Benefit Analysis
FARE*3250 [0.50] Food and International Development
FARE*4210 [0.50] World Agriculture, Food Security and Economic Development
FARE*4290 [0.50] Land Economics
FARE*4310 [0.50] Resource Economics
FARE*4360 [0.50] Marketing Research
FARE*4500 [0.50] Decision Science
FARE*4550 [0.50] Independent Studies I
FARE*4560 [0.50] Independent Studies II
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