X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.)

Food and Agricultural Business (Co-op) (FAB:C)

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.

A principal aim of the Co-op program in Food and Agricultural Business is to facilitate the transition of students from academic studies to a professional career by enhancing the integration of theory and practice.

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.

Program Requirements

The Co-op program in Food and Agricultural Business is a five year program, including five work terms. Students must complete a Fall, Winter and Summer work term and must follow the academic work schedule as outlined below (also found on the Co-operative Education website: https://www.recruitguelph.ca/cecs/). Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to adjusting this schedule.

Food and Agricultural Business Academic and Co-op Work Term Schedule
Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Academic Semester 1 Academic Semester 2 Off
2 Academic Semester 3


Academic Semester 4 COOP*1000 Work Term I
3 COOP*2000 Work Term II Academic Semester 5 COOP*3000 Work Term III
4 Academic Semester 6 COOP*4000 Work Term IV COOP*5000 Work Term V
5 Academic Semester 7 Academic Semester 8 N/A

To be eligible to continue in the Co-op program, students must meet a minimum 70% cumulative average requirement after second semester, as well as meet all work term requirements. Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to work term performance grading, work term report grading and program completion requirements.

For additional program information students should consult with their Co-op Co-ordinator and Co-op Faculty Advisor, listed on the Co-operative Education web site.

Credit Summary (22.00 Total Credits)*

15.50 - Required Core Courses

1.00 - Restricted Electives (from lists)

1.50 - Liberal Education Electives

2.00 – Free Electives

2.00 Co-op Work Terms

Note: A minimum of four Co-op work terms including a Summer, Fall, and Winter are necessary to complete the Co-op requirement. *A fifth Co-op work term is optional and if completed the total number of credits will equal 22.50.

The recommended program sequence is outlined below.


Semester 1 - Fall
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 - Winter
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 - Fall
COOP*1100 [0.00] Introduction to Co-operative Education
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
0.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 4 - Winter
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
Summer Semester
COOP*1000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term I
Fall Semester
COOP*2000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term II
(Eight month work term Summer/Fall)
Semester 5 - Winter
ECON*2560 [0.50] Introduction to Finance
ECON*3740 [0.50] Introduction to Econometrics
FARE*3310 [0.50] Operations Management
FARE*4240 [0.50] Futures and Options Markets
MGMT*3320 [0.50] Financial Management
Summer Semester
COOP*3000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term III
Semester 6 - Fall
MGMT*3020 [0.50] Corporate Social Responsibility
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Winter Semester
COOP*4000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term IV
(Eight month work term in conjunction with COOP*5000)
Summer Semester
COOP*5000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term V
(Eight month work term in conjunction with COOP*4000)
Semester 7 - Fall
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 - Winter
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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