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Information for students in the Global Food Security Major

Newly-Admitted Students

Welcome to Macdonald campus!

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.

View a video about what your Academic Advisor can do for you.

Questions? Check the FAQs for AgEnvSc Students.


Checklist for new students:

  • Check your McGill email account. You will receive important information and potentially personalized advice at this address, before classes start.
  • Check your unofficial transcript on Minerva. You should get in to the habit of checking it regularly, to make sure your courses, credits and grades are in order. Between the time of admission and the start of classes, Admissions will add to your record the credit you were given upon admission, and any missing program pre-requisite courses will also be listed. Your unofficial transcript also indicates what year you are coded as (U0, U1, etc).
  • Become familiar with your academic program. To do this:
    • Watch the video below that explains how your program works
    • Carefully read the current version of the Handbook for your program, which contains important rules and regulations as well as program requirements. Note that academic programs change over time – the version of the program that is in effect now is the one you must complete, no matter how your program changes in future years. It is important to realize this. You have the option of switching into an eventual newer version of your program, if you so choose.
    • Make sure you are comfortable using McGill’s eCalendar to find program information. Always check that you are looking at the correct version of the calendar (look at the years at the top). When arriving to the eCalendar from Google, for example, it is usually NOT the most recent version that is displayed.
      Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Major Global Food Security (42 Credits)
  • if you still have questions, contact your academic advisor.

The Global Food Security Major is a multi-disciplinary program that gives students a strong foundation in both natural sciences and social sciences. The courses you take as part of the program will let you develop skills and acquire tools that are needed to understand and address the many complex global development challenges. Due to the unique nature of Macdonald Campus, you will have close contact with your professors many of whom have ongoing international research projects. You will also have many opportunities to get hands on experience, whether in the lab or field, on campus or abroad.

The following video briefly explain how your program works:


Recommended Courses

Find out when to register for your courses: go to “when to register” on this page: http://www.mcgill.ca/accepted/preparing-register

Find out how to use Minerva for course registration: https://www.mcgill.ca/students/courses/add/register

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)
AGEC 200 Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
AGRI 215 Agro-Ecosystems Field Course (3 credits)
ANSC 250 Principles of Animal Science (3 credits)
ENVB 210 The Biophysical Environment (3 credits)

Winter Term

AEMA 310 – Statistical Methods 1(3 credits)

plus complementary courses in your Major, for example

BREE 217 – Hydrology & Water Resources (3 credits)
AGRI 340 – Principles of Ecological Agriculture(3 credits)

Or courses in your Specialization.

See me if you need help planning your Winter term courses.

Full program requirements for the Global Food Security Major are available in the Program Handbook (Global Food Security Handbook for newly admitted students 2016-2017.pdf) or in the eCalendar

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


IMPORTANT NOTES

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 BSc (Ag.Env.Sc), which include one semester of Biology and two semesters in each of Chemistry, Physics and Calculus, you may be required to follow some of these basic courses before or during your progression to your Major in Global Food Security. The list of basic math and science prerequisite courses for the Major in Global Food Security can be found at www.mcgill.ca/macdonald/prospective/freshmanyear/courses.

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.

Returning students

Academic Advisor: Dr. Julie Major

As Academic Advisor it is a pleasure for me to help you navigate your program, and make sure you understand how it works.

View a video about what your Academic Advisor can do for you.

Questions? Check the FAQs for AgEnvSc Students.


The Global Food Security Major is a multi-disciplinary program that gives students a strong foundation in both natural sciences and social sciences. The courses you take as part of the program will let you develop skills and acquire tools that are needed to understand and address the many complex global development challenges. Due to the unique nature of Macdonald Campus, you will have close contact with your professors many of whom have ongoing international research projects. You will also have many opportunities to get hands on experience, whether in the lab or field, on campus or abroad.

How does my program work?

View the video or download the Handbook. If your Specialization does not appear in the Handbook for your Major, look in other Handbooks.

 

Global Food Security Handbook for students entering the program in 2016-2017 (PDF)

Global Food Security Handbook for students who entered the program in 2015-2016 (PDF)

Global Food Security Handbook for students who entered the program in 2014-2015 (PDF)

Global Food Security Handbook for students who entered the program in 2013-2014 (PDF)

International Agriculture and Food Systems Handbook for students who entered the program in 2012-2013 (PDF)

International Agriculture and Food Systems Handbook for students who entered the program in 2011-2012 (PDF)