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Ecological Agriculture Specialization

Ecological AgricultureThe Ecological Agriculture specialization provides a holistic understanding of how agroecosystems work and the science of sustainable agriculture. It emphasizes the interrelationships among soils, plants, insects, animals, humans and other components of agroecosystems. As well the specialization applies ecological concepts and principles to the design and management of sustainable agroecosystems.

This specialization is where agriculture and ecology/ environment interact. Ecological agriculture addresses both the practical and theoretical issues that arise from this interaction including ecosystem dynamics, agroecology of food crops, and the role of agriculture in rural and urban landscapes. The specialization strives to view agroecosystems as a whole in the context of today’s global economy, social systems and environment. Through coursework and the possibility of internships students will learn about both the environmental and social context of agriculture and be able to develop workable solutions to the challenge of sustainable food production.

If you have an interest in agriculture and the environment, the Ecological Agriculture Specialization could be right for you!

THIS SPECIALIZATION MAY BE TAKEN WITH ONE OF THE FOLLOWING MAJORS: Agro-Environmental SciencesInternational Agriculture and Food Systems

For questions about the Ecological Agriculture Specialization, please contact the caroline [dot] beggatmcgill [dot] ca (Specialization Co-ordinator)

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits

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

CAREER PATHS CAN INCLUDE:

  • Environmental and regulatory organizations which monitor best management practices
  • International development and agriculture
  • Agronomic and horticultural crop specialists with local, national, and international businesses and organizations
  • Positions in the management and operation of agronomic and horticultural crop production farms
  • Sales and marketing careers for seed and other agricultural supply industries
  • Agroecosystem scientists and research
  • Small scale farming – community supported agriculture
  • Coordinators of community and collective gardens
  • For more career paths, please visit the Career Planning Service (CaPS) website.