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Major in Agro-Environmental Sciences

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The Agro-Environmental Sciences Major is about sustainable agriculture and food systems, and focuses on the biology of cultivated plants and animals and how to grow food while maintaining a healthy environment.This Major is focused on the idea that agricultural landscapes are managed ecosystems, and that humans engaged in agriculture must maintain the highest possible environmental standards while providing food and other bioproducts to the marketplace. The major core focuses on the basic and applied biology of cultivated plants, domestic animals, arable soils, and the economics of agriculture. Students then choose one or two Specializations in these or connected disciplines that reflect their interests and career goals.

The program has a strong field component which includes hands-on laboratories, visits to agricultural enterprises, and opportunities for internships. Classes and laboratories exploit the unique setting and facilities of the Macdonald Campus and Farm, which is a fully functioning farm in an urban setting that exemplifies many of the issues at the forefront of modern agricultural production. Graduates of this program are eligible to become members of the Ordre des agronomes du Québec.

For more information, please contact the bsc-advisor [dot] agenvscatmcgill [dot] ca (student advisor).

Specializations

Each specialization consists of 24 credits of courses (required and complementary) that provide a coherent package designed to prepare you for a future career in a given discipline.

Suggested Specializations

  • Animal Production*: Livestock production and effi ciency at the national and international levels. Animal nutrition, reproduction and breeding in a context that respects environmental concerns and animal welfare issues.
  • Ecological Agriculture*: Integrates agricultural production and sustainability. The interrelationships among soils, plants, insects, animals, and humans.
  • Plant Production*: Biology, physiology, breeding, propagation and management of domestic plants.
  • 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. Choose from those marked with an asterisk.
  • Soil and Water Resources*: Management and conservation of soil and water including methods for predicting and decreasing the degradation of these resources.

May I take any other specializations?

You will need to select at least one specialization. However, if you wish to broaden your training, you have the option of choosing to do two specializations. Click here to view the complete list.

Courses

The Agro-Environmental Sciences Major consists of a core of 42 credits plus a 24-credit Specialization.

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

Careers

Career paths include:

  • Livestock management
  • Veterinary science
  • Farm management
  • Sustainable development
  • Agrology
  • Soil and water management
  • Pest and disease management

Professional Accreditation

Students who wish to qualify for the admission exam of the Ordre des agronomes du Québec (OAQ) will need to do 2 specializations–Professional Agrology and one of Animal Production, Ecological Agriculture, Plant Production, or Soil and Water Resources. In the province of Québec, only members of the OAQ can legally call themselves agrologists and work as such. The practice of agrology is regulated differently in other Canadian provinces and countries.