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Major in Agricultural Economics

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Agricultural Economics is a key component of agricultural development, food system management and natural resource use. The Major incorporates agri-business that addresses food and resources, from the economics of agricultural enterprises to global trade and policy development. Students will benefit from courses that focus on economics, marketing, finance and public policy built on a science foundation. This includes ecology, environmental issues, and natural resources, for a wide range of future careers including but not limited to, the multi-billion dollar agri-food industry and international development.

Specializations

Suggested Specializations

Agri-business*: Solid financial and market analysis and appropriate policies of agriculture and food systems. Broad understanding of agriculture and food systems and specialized skills in business management.

Environmental Economics: Environmental economics integrated with biological and environmental sciences. Environmental policies and management of natural resources.

Professional Agrology: Agrology encompasses the science and technology required for agricultural production.  Membership to the Order of Agrologists of Quebec (OAQ) requires students to take this specialization along with a second designated specialization, marked with an asterisk.

* Combine with the Professional Agrology specialization for eligibility in the Order of Agrologists of Quebec (OAQ).

Courses

You will be required to take the following core courses:

AGEC 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer



AGEC 231 Econ Systems of Agriculture 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer



AGEC 320 Intermed Microeconomic Theory 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer



AGEC 333 Resource Economics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer



AGEC 330 Agriculture and Food Markets 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer



AGEC 425 Applied Econometrics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer



AGEC 430 Agric, Food & Resource Policy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer



AGEC 442 Econ of Int'l Agric Dvlpmnt 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer



AGEC 491 Research & Methodology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer



ENVB 210 The Biophysical Environment 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer



AGEC 200 Principles of Microeconomics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

Plus: Students must take one three-credit course in Accounting, Statistics, and Communications (with Advisor approval), and take 24 credits of elective courses for a total of 90 credits for the major.

For students interested in membership in L’Ordre des agronomes du Québec (OAQ), there are specific courses you must take as part of your program. These courses are provided through the specialization in Professional Agrology.This specialization must be taken together with the specialization in Agri-Business.

To view the complete list of courses, please see the Electronic Course Calendar

Careers

■ Management of natural resources
■ Environmental policy analyst
■ Farm and agri-business management
■ Banking, finance, marketing (agri-food industry)
■ Economist
■ Professional Agrologist