X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture [B.Sc.(Agr.)]

Honours Agriculture (AGRS)

Departments of Plant Agriculture and Animal Biosciences

The Honours Agriculture major combines a core curriculum of agricultural science courses with a wide range of electives focusing on agri-food business, animal and plant production, land stewardship and sustainability. This major allows students to create a curriculum uniquely tailored to their career goals and provides diverse opportunities to explore international agriculture and leading edge agricultural research in animal production, plant biotechnology and pest management. The flexibility provided in semesters 5 and 6 permits students to participate in international exchanges and semesters abroad. Students can also incorporate a variety of field trips, experiential learning in the workplace and independent study into their program of studies. The combination of a solid understanding of life science and current agricultural practice with specialized skills and experience provided by this program is greatly valued by prospective employers in this essential sector of Canada’s economy.

Semester 1

AGR*1110 [1.00] Introduction to the Agri-Food Systems
BIOL*1050 [0.50] Biology of Plants & Animals in Managed Ecosystems
CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I
MATH*1080 [0.50] Elements of Calculus I

Semester 2

AGR*2050 [0.50] Agroecology
BIOL*1090 [0.50] Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
CHEM*1050 [0.50] General Chemistry II
FARE*1400 [1.00] Economics of the Agri-Food System

Semester 3

AGR*2320 [0.50] Soils in Agroecosystems
AGR*2350 [0.50] Animal Production Systems, Health and Industry
AGR*2470 [0.50] Introduction to Plant Agriculture
FARE*2700 [0.50] Survey of Natural Resource Economics
MBG*2400 [0.50] Fundamentals of Plant and Animal Genetics

Semester 4

ANSC*2340 [0.50] Structure of Farm Animals
ENVS*2040 [0.50] Plant Health and the Environment
STAT*2040 [0.50] Statistics I

1.00 electives or restricted electives

Semester 5 to 8

Students must choose either Option A (Production and Management) or B (Research).

Option A - Production and Management

Semester 5
FOOD*3090 [0.50] Food Science and Human Nutrition
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Semester 6
2.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 7
2.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 8
AGR*4600 [1.00] Agriculture and Food Issues Problem Solving
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Restricted Electives - Option A

Students should note that some restricted electives require other courses not included among the required courses for the major as prerequisites. Students should consult the most recent undergraduate calendar for specific requirements.

  • A minimum of 1.00 credits from the list of restricted electives below:

    AGR*2500 [0.50] Field Course in International Agriculture
    AGR*3010 [0.50] Special Studies in Agricultural Science I
    AGR*3450 [0.50] Research Methods in Agricultural Science
    AGR*3500 [0.50] Experiential Education I
    ANSC*4010 [0.50] Animal Welfare Judging and Evaluation
    ANSC*4230 [0.50] Challenges and Opportunities in Dairy Cattle Production
    ANSC*4610 [0.50] Critical Analysis in Animal Science
    CROP*4260 [0.50] Crop Science Field Trip
    EDRD*2020 [0.50] Interpersonal Communication
    EDRD*3050 [0.50] Agricultural Communication I
    EDRD*3140 [0.50] Organizational Communication
    FARE*3310 [0.50] Operations Management
    FARE*4220 [0.50] Advanced Agribusiness Management
    FARE*4310 [0.50] Resource Economics
    FARE*4360 [0.50] Marketing Research
    FARE*4550 [0.50] Independent Studies I
  • A minimum of 2.00 credits from the following lists:

    A minimum of 0.50 credits from the following list:

    CROP*3300 [0.50] Grain Crops
    CROP*3310 [0.50] Protein and Oilseed Crops
    CROP*3340 [0.50] Managed Grasslands
    ENVS*4090 [0.50] Soil Management
    ENVS*4160 [0.50] Soil and Nutrient Management
    HORT*2450 [0.50] Introduction to Turfgrass Science
    HORT*3150 [0.50] Principles and Applications of Plant Propagation
    HORT*4380 [0.50] Tropical and Sub-Tropical Crops
    PBIO*3110 [0.50] Crop Physiology
    PBIO*3750 [0.50] Plant Tissue Culture

    A minimum of 0.50 credits from the following list:

    CROP*4240 [0.50] Weed Science
    ENVS*3020 [0.50] Pesticides and the Environment
    ENVS*3210 [0.50] Plant Pathology
    ENVS*3230 [0.50] Agroforestry Systems

    A minimum of 0.50 credits from the following list:

    ACCT*1220 [0.50] Introductory Financial Accounting
    ECON*1050 [0.50] Introductory Microeconomics
    ECON*1100 [0.50] Introductory Macroeconomics
    ECON*2310 [0.50] Intermediate Microeconomics
    FARE*2410 [0.50] Agrifood Markets and Policy
    FARE*3170 [0.50] Cost-Benefit Analysis

    Students may also take any of the following courses as restricted electives:

    BIOC*2580 [0.50] Introduction to Biochemistry
    BOT*2100 [0.50] Life Strategies of Plants
    MBG*2040 [0.50] Foundations in Molecular Biology and Genetics
    MBG*3060 [0.50] Quantitative Genetics
    OAGR*2070 [1.00] Introduction to Organic Agriculture
  • A minimum of 7.00 credits must be at the 3000 level or higher, of which 5.00 credits must be in agricultural science and of which 3.50 credits must be at the 4000 level. Refer to Program Counsellor for list of agricultural science courses.

  • A humanities or social science courses (0.50 credits) at the 1000-level or above. See Program Counsellor for acceptable list of courses.

Option B - Research

Semester 5
AGR*3450 [0.50] Research Methods in Agricultural Science
FOOD*3090 [0.50] Food Science and Human Nutrition
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 6

2.50 electives or restricted electives

Semester 7
AGR*4450 [1.00] Research Project I
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 8
AGR*4460 [1.00] Research Project II
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Restricted Electives - Option B

Students should note that some restricted electives require other courses not included among the required courses for the major as prerequisites. Students should consult the most recent undergraduate calendar for specific requirements.

  1. minimum of 2.00 credits from the list of restricted electives below:

    A minimum of 0.50 credits from the following list:

    CROP*3300 [0.50] Grain Crops
    CROP*3310 [0.50] Protein and Oilseed Crops
    CROP*3340 [0.50] Managed Grasslands
    ENVS*4090 [0.50] Soil Management
    ENVS*4160 [0.50] Soil and Nutrient Management
    HORT*2450 [0.50] Introduction to Turfgrass Science
    HORT*3150 [0.50] Principles and Applications of Plant Propagation
    HORT*4380 [0.50] Tropical and Sub-Tropical Crops
    PBIO*3110 [0.50] Crop Physiology
    PBIO*3750 [0.50] Plant Tissue Culture

    A minimum of 0.50 credits from the following list:

    CROP*4240 [0.50] Weed Science
    ENVS*3020 [0.50] Pesticides and the Environment
    ENVS*3210 [0.50] Plant Pathology
    ENVS*3230 [0.50] Agroforestry Systems

    A minimum of 0.50 credits from the following list:

    ECON*1050 [0.50] Introductory Microeconomics
    ECON*1100 [0.50] Introductory Macroeconomics
    ECON*2310 [0.50] Intermediate Microeconomics
    FARE*2410 [0.50] Agrifood Markets and Policy
    FARE*3170 [0.50] Cost-Benefit Analysis

    Students may also take any of the following courses as restricted electives:

    BIOC*2580 [0.50] Introduction to Biochemistry
    BOT*2100 [0.50] Life Strategies of Plants
    MBG*2040 [0.50] Foundations in Molecular Biology and Genetics
    MBG*3060 [0.50] Quantitative Genetics
    OAGR*2070 [1.00] Introduction to Organic Agriculture
  2. A minimum of 7.00 credits must be at the 3000 level or higher, of which 5.00 credits must be in agricultural science and of which 3.50 credits must be at the 4000 level. Refer to Program Counsellor for list of agricultural science courses.

  3. A humanities or social science courses (0.50 credits) at the 1000-level or above. See Program Counsellor for acceptable list of courses.

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