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Agro-Environmental Sciences

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).


Suggested Specializations

  • What specializations are recommended for this major?

  • May I take any other 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.

    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.

Course Requirements

  • What courses would I be taking?

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

Career Paths

  • What career paths can I follow after graduation?

    Career paths include:
    • Livestock management
    • Veterinary science
    • Farm management
    • Sustainable development
    • Agrology
    • Soil and water management
    • Pest and disease management

Professional Accreditation

  • Will I be eligible for professional accreditation after graduation?

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.