Our Commitment to you

The four pillars of our Commitment are foundational to your McGill experience. As a student in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, you will be immersed in a culture grounded in your program’s unique perspectives, approach and curriculum.

The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES), located on the beautiful Macdonald Campus of McGill, is a close-knit community of world-class researchers, staff, and students who care deeply about the world they live in. All of our academic programs (Environment, Food and Health, Nutrition, Bioresource Engineering, and Agriculture) provide opportunities for students to undertake hands-on learning and research projects, to access local or international internships and exchanges, and to take part in entrepreneurial initiatives. The FAES commits to providing a learning environment that creates an interdisciplinary approach to solving today’s complex and important global challenges. We commit to giving our students the tools and opportunities to become innovative thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders.

Experiential Learning

Our instructors are innovators commited to enhancing the student experience by removing the boundaries between lecture halls and real-world problems. They embrace the concepts of active and experiential learning. Macdonald students “learn by doing,” through courses and laboratories that use both on and off-campus resources to enhance the educational experience.

Internships, Exchanges and Field Studies

The FAES provides opportunities for Macdonald students to participate in field study semesters, field courses, internships, and international student exchanges, both domestically and abroad.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program

The Macdonald Campus is located within one of the largest high-tech hubs in Canada. Student entrepreneurs from the FAES are at the forefront of business development in the agri-food, bioresource engineering, biotech, health, and environmental sectors. The Program harmonizes rigorous academic training with unique co-curricular opportunities and resources to support student entrepreneurs across the Faculty.

  • Academic Minor: The Faculty offers an 18-credit Academic Minor in Agribusiness Entrepreneurship in partnership with McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management. Students develop the knowledge and skills required to start and grow businesses, social enterprises, and cooperatives in the Faculty’s areas of expertise. Students may complement the minor with an internship.
  • Competitions: Annual entrepreneurship competitions allow students to pitch their business ideas to investors at local, regional and international entrepreneurship events to seek start-up funding. Competitions include: the Macdonald Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition, McGill’s premier Dobson Cup Entrepreneurship Competition, and the Hult Prize Competition.
  • Workshops and Seminars: Entrepreneurs and business leaders are involved with the program through seminars, guest lectures, and our mentorship program. We bring together leaders from both academia and business, including everyone from investors to policy entrepreneurs, to help students to gain enriched knowledge, a sense of social responsibility, and full confidence in their abilities to solve problems.
  • Student Experience Enhancement Fund: As of Fall 2014, full-time students of the Faculty are eligible to apply individually or as a group for funding to support experiential non-academic learning initiatives. Examples of opportunities which may be eligible for funding include: Non-Credit Internships, Independent Research, International Volunteering or Internships, and Academic Conferences where students are making significant presentations.

Research Experience

Active engagement in the research process brings immense benefits to an academic program. Students have the opportunity to participate in Honour’s programs, special projects and design courses integrated into their curricula, and in competitive summer research programs. Students develop transferable skills that are useful both in academic and professional spheres, while applying their theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

  • Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in research with a supervising professor in a variety of fields, including animal science, parasitology, food science, dietetics, wildlife biology, plant science and bioresource engineering. Awards are made available through NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards, with donors offsetting possible associated costs.
  • Of course, research is not only for undergraduates! Our graduate programs (M.Sc., Ph.D.) are research-based. Macdonald Campus professors are world-renowned researchers, working on projects as wide ranging as plant genetics and food security in Canada's North, to sustainable agriculture and biotechnology. Graduate students work both in the lab and field and receive advanced training to help solve the planet's most pressing challenges.

Beyond the Transcript

Students are encouraged to develop leadership skills through participation in student-led initiatives and clubs at the undergraduate and graduate level, in on-campus projects and events, or by volunteering for community organizations on both university campuses.