Information for students in the Agricultural Economics Major

Newly-admitted students

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Academic Advisor: Dr. Julie Major

As Academic Advisor it is a pleasure for me to help you get a good start in your program, and make sure you understand how it works. This page provides a wealth of information which will be directly useful to you now as well as in the coming years.

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Agricultural Economics is a key component of agricultural development, food system management and natural resource use. The program offers a scientific foundation to look at economics, marketing, finance, and public policy.

Agricultural Economics Handbook for students entering the program in 2016-2017 (PDF)

Agricultural Economics Handbook for students entering the program in 2015-2016 (PDF)

Recommended Courses

Find out when to register for your courses: go to “when to register” on this page:

Find out how to use Minerva for course registration:

The recommended courses for first year students are shown below. I highly recommend you follow these recommendations, to ensure that you make adequate progress in your degree and avoid potentially serious scheduling difficulties in the coming years. If you leave any of the courses below for later, you may be prevented from taking courses which have these as pre-requisites. Also, schedules are made in order for students to be able to complete their program in 3 years assuming they follow recommendations. So if you leave any of these for later there is a considerably high probability that they will conflict with other courses you want to or must take at that time. If you are missing any Freshman-level courses, please talk to me directly

Most students take five 3-credit courses per term (15 credits total), but some select to take four courses (12 credits total) because of language difficulties, easing the transition to university studies or due to other complications with carrying a full course load.  For most students the overall program can be completed in three years if a full course load (i.e., 15 credits) is taken each term.  You are considered a full-time student if you register for at least 12 credits in a given term.

Fall Term

AEBI 210 – Organisms 1 (3 credits)*
AEMA 310 Statistical Methods 1 (3 credits)
AGEC 200 – Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
ENVB 210 The Biophysical Environment (3 credits)

*for students intending on taking the Agribusiness Specialization, others can replace this course by another, please consult me.

Winter term

AEMA 310 – Statistical Methods 1 (3 credits) (if not already taken)
AGEC 231 – Economic Systems of Agriculture (3 credits)
AGEC 320 – Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (3 credits)
AEHM 205 – Science Literacy (3 credits)

For students intending on taking the Environmental Economics Specialization:
ENVB 305 – Population and Community Ecology (3 credits)

For students intending on taking the Agribusiness Specialization:
AEBI 212 – Evolution and Phylogeny (3 credits) (this is a complementary course, and other options are available)

For full program requirements for the Agricultural Economics Major:

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Major Agricultural Economics (42 Credits)


As soon as you accept your offer of admission from McGill, you should begin to check your McGill email account regularly. If I need to contact you, this is the email address I will use.

Important note for students entering the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences with completed French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate Diplomas:

Due to the Faculty’s Freshman year requirements for the Agricultural Economics Major, which include two semesters of Calculus and one semester each of Biology,  Chemistry and Physics, you may be required to follow some of these basic courses before or during your progression to your Major in Agricultural Economics. The list of basic math and science prerequisite courses for the Major in Agricultural Economics can be found at

Your record will be evaluated once your official examination results are received by McGill. Should you be missing and/or not have achieved the minimum required score for exemption in the equivalent basic pre-requisites, these courses will be added to your program and the adjustment will appear on your record in Minerva. As a result, your Major may be changed to Freshman. If this is the case, the courses you will be taking in your first year will be different from the above. Your Academic Advisor will contact you with suggestions for course choice, depending on your specific situation.