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Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) – B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)

General rules for the following B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) programs

General rules for the following B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) programs

Students register in one major and at least one specialization.They may design their own program by choosing one of the four majors and at least one of the 23 specializations. By choosing two different specializations, students have the option of developing their own interdisciplinary interests. The multidisciplinary specializations are designed for those interested in broad training.

All the required and complementary courses for the major must be completed in full. Within each specialization, at least 18 credits must be unique: that is, they only count for that specialization and do not overlap with either the major or a second specialization. At least 54 credits of the 90 credits required for the degree (120 for students admitted to the Freshman year) must be from 300-level courses or higher; of this at least 12 credits must be from 400-level courses or higher.

Note: Below the program description for each major is a suggested list of specializations that complement the major.

Majors:

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agro-environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Biology
  • International Agriculture and Food systems
  • Life Sciences (Biological and Agricultural)

Specializations:

B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) – Life Sciences (Biological and Agricultural) Major

B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) – Life Sciences (Biological and Agricultural) Major

Program Director
  • Professor Brian Driscoll
  • Macdonald-Stewart Building, room 3-035
  • Telephone: 514-398-7887

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

For more information, see Major Agricultural Economics (42 credits).

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

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 ...

For more information, see Major Agro-Environmental Sciences (42 credits).

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

The Environmental Biology Major is about the biology, diversity, and ecology of a broad range of organisms, from plant and vertebrate animals to insects, fungi, and microbes. This Major places a strong emphasis on the ecosystems that species inhabit and the constraints imposed by the physical environment and by environmental change. Environmental Biology has ...

For more information, see Major Environmental Biology (42 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Major International Agriculture and Food Systems (42 credits)

This program is directed at students who seek conceptual understanding of the scope of and inter-relationships among the environmental, economic and socio-cultural factors that shape the nature of developing country food systems as well as scientific competence in the ways in which agriculture can help define sustainable solutions to critical problems defined by ...

For more information, see Major International Agriculture and Food Systems (42 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Major Life Sciences (Biological and Agricultural) (42 credits)

The Life Sciences (Biological and Agricultural) Major provides a strong foundation in the basic biological sciences. It will prepare graduates for careers in the agricultural, environmental, health, and biotechnological fields. Graduates with high academic achievement may go on to postgraduate studies in research, or professional programs in the biological, ...

For more information, see Major Life Sciences (Biological and Agricultural) (42 credits).

Specializations

Specializations

B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) – Specializations to be taken with one of the B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) majors

B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) – Specializations to be taken with one of the majors for the B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) degree

Each specialization consists of 24 credits of courses (required and complementary) that provide a coherent package designed to prepare students for a future in a given discipline. Students will select at least one specialization. However, students wishing to broaden their training have the option of choosing to do two. Although the list of suggested specializations appears under each major in the programs section, students interested in other specializations should consult with their academic adviser/specialization coordinator.

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Agribusiness (24 credits)

The development of commercial agriculture relies on a large supporting sector of manufacturing and service companies involved in the supply of inputs to farming and the transportation, processing, and marketing of agricultural and food products. This 24-credit specialization includes courses in agricultural sciences, agribusiness, and courses at the Desautels ...

For more information, see Agribusiness (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Agricultural Economics (24 credits)

A specialization in Agricultural Economics will complement a student's education in four ways. First, as a social science, Economics will provide an alternative perspective for students in the Faculty. Second, the specialization will provide an excellent foundation of the workings of the economy at large. Third, it will aid students to understand the business ...

For more information, see Agricultural Economics (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Agriculture and Food Systems (Multidisciplinary) (24 credits)

This flexible specialization offers a balance between food systems and consumption and agricultural production. It provides students with an opportunity to select courses in the economics, nutrition, and ethical and environmental implications of food systems and in the fundamentals of animal and plant production. The specialization is designed for students in the ...

For more information, see Agriculture and Food Systems (Multidisciplinary) (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Animal Biology (24 credits)

The specialization in Animal Biology is intended for students who wish to further their studies in the basic biology of large mammals and birds. Successful completion of the program should enable students to qualify for application to most veterinary colleges in North America, to post-graduate studies in a variety of biology programs, and to work in many ...

For more information, see Animal Biology (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Animal Health and Disease (24 credits)

This specialization is offered for students wishing to understand general animal physiology and function, the susceptibility of animals to various diseases, methods for limiting and controlling potential outbreaks, and the resulting implications for the animal, the consumer and the environment. It is an ideal choice for students interested in the care of animals, ...

For more information, see Animal Health and Disease (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Animal Production (24 credits)

This specialization will be of interest to students who wish to study the improved efficiency of livestock production at the national and international levels. Students are exposed to animal nutrition, physiology, and breeding in a context that respects environmental concerns and animal-welfare issues. When taken in conjunction with the Major Agro-Environmental ...

For more information, see Animal Production (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Applied Ecosystem Sciences (24 credits)

The goal of this specialization is to provide students with an opportunity to further develop their understanding of the ecosystem processes, ecology, and systems thinking necessary to understand, design and manage our interaction with the environment. Specialization Adviser: Professor James Fyles Macdonald-Stewart Building, Room 2-063 Telephone: 514-398-7758

For more information, see Applied Ecosystem Sciences (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Ecological Agriculture (24 credits)

This specialization focuses on the principles underlying the practice of ecological agriculture. When coupled with the Major in Environmental Biology, agriculture as a managed ecosystem that responds to the laws of community ecology is examined; when combined with the Major Agro-Environmental Sciences and the specialization in Professional Agrology, this ...

For more information, see Ecological Agriculture (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Entomology (24 credits)

This specialization offers students expertise in insect biology, ecology, evolution and behaviour. Applied entomology is included, as insects are key pests in various ecosystems, and insect pest management is and will continue to be a global priority. Insect taxonomy and systematics will be studied both in the field and in the classroom. Through careful selection ...

For more information, see Entomology (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Environmental Biology (Multidisciplinary) (24 credits)

This is a flexible specialization offering a balance between organisms, their ecology, and ecosystem processes and applications. Biology and ecology of a variety of taxonomic groups and the ways the organisms interact with and affect ecosystem processes will be examined. Students are exposed to ecosystem management and issues related to environmental change. The ...

For more information, see Environmental Biology (Multidisciplinary) (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Environmental Economics (24 credits)

This specialization integrates environmental sciences and decision making with the economics of environment and sustainable development. It is designed to prepare students for careers in natural resource management and the analysis of environmental problems and policies. This specialization is intended for students in the Major Agricultural ...

For more information, see Environmental Economics (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Health and Nutrition (24 credits)

This specialization offers students a foundation in nutrition with respect to health and disease. A focus on nutrition and health through the lifespan examines nutrient requirements and their relationship with health and disease prevention. Through careful selection of complementary courses, students can study about health and disease in various contexts ranging ...

For more information, see Health and Nutrition (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - International Agriculture (24 credits)

This specialization will provide the student with coursework and hands-on experience of techniques and issues related to agriculture in a tropical setting. Theoretical courses on the policies and practice of agriculture in an international context are complemented by participation in one of the international field semesters. Note that there is a selection process ...

For more information, see International Agriculture (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - International Development (IAFS) (24 credits)

The specialization provides a focus on social science offerings from the International Development Studies program offered by the Faculty of Arts for students in the International Agriculture and Food Systems (IAFS) major. The program combines an overview of development and social science course options with opportunity for field experience. Specialization ...

For more information, see International Development (IAFS) (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Life Sciences (Multidisciplinary) (24 credits)

Students taking this specialization have a wide variety of life sciences course offerings to choose from to allow them to target their program to their own interests in the field. Course choices are balanced between "fundamentals" and "applications". Depending upon the courses chosen, the resulting program may be relatively specialized or very broad, spanning ...

For more information, see Life Sciences (Multidisciplinary) (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Microbiology (24 credits)

Students following this specialization receive education and training in fundamental principles and applied aspects of microbiology. Complementary courses allow students to focus on basic microbial sciences or applied areas such as biotechnology. Successful graduates may work in university, government, and industrial research laboratories, in the pharmaceutical, ...

For more information, see Microbiology (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Molecular Biotechnology (24 credits)

Students following this specialization receive education and training in fundamental principles and applied aspects of molecular biology and biotechnology. Complementary courses allow students to focus on basic molecular biology or aspects of biotechnology such as bioinformatics. Successful graduates may work in university, government and industrial research ...

For more information, see Molecular Biotechnology (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Plant Biology (24 credits)

This specialization emphasizes the study of plants from the cellular to the organismal level. The structure, physiology, development, evolution, and ecology of plants will be studied. Most courses offer laboratory classes that expand on the lecture material and introduce students to the latest techniques in plant biology. Many laboratory exercises use the ...

For more information, see Plant Biology (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Plant Production (24 credits)

The goal of this specialization is to give students an excellent background in the knowledge and skills relating to the biology and physiology, breeding, propagation, and management of domesticated plants. The plant industry, in both rural and urban settings, is a sector of growing importance to Canadian and global economies. Graduates may find employment directly ...

For more information, see Plant Production (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Plant Protection (24 credits)

This specialization is recommended for students with a strong interest in the complex field of plant protection in both urban and agricultural settings. The biology of herbivores, of pathogenic organisms, and of plant competitive interactions and defense mechanisms as well as the interactions of plants with their environment will be studied. Students interested in ...

For more information, see Plant Protection (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Professional Agrology (21 credits)

This specialization is required for students who wish to qualify for membership in the Ordre des agronomes du Québec (OAQ). It cannot be taken alone; it must be taken with the Major Agro-Environmental Sciences and a second specialization in Animal Production, Ecological Agriculture, Plant Production, or Soil and Water, or with the Major Agricultural Economics and ...

For more information, see Professional Agrology (21 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Soil and Water Resources (24 credits)

This specialization will interest students who want to understand how soils and water interact within managed ecosystems such as urban or agricultural landscapes. The conservation and management of agricultural soils, issues affecting watershed management and decision making, and the remediation of contaminated soils will be examined. When taken with the ...

For more information, see Soil and Water Resources (24 credits).

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Wildlife Biology (24 credits)

This specialization focuses on the ecology of vertebrate animals, their biological and physical environment, and the interactions that are important in the management of ecological communities and wildlife species. Students have access to local wildlife resources including the Avian Science and Conservation Centre, the McGill Arboretum, the Stonycroft Wildlife ...

For more information, see Wildlife Biology (24 credits).

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