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Freshman Program (30 credits)

Offered by: Agricultural & Env.Sc.-Dean     Degree: Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)

Program Requirements

(All majors except Agricultural Economics - see Advising Notes below*)

If you are entering university for the first time from a high school system, outside of the Quebec CEGEP system, you will be required to complete a Freshman year of at least 30 credits as listed below.

Normally, students registered in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Freshman program may take a maximum of 8 credits outside the Faculty offerings to meet the requirements of the program. Permission to exceed this limit must be received from the Associate Dean (Student Affairs) prior to registration.

Note: If you are not certain that you have adequate math and/or physics skills to commence the freshman year you may wish to take preparatory courses prior to the normal Fall semester. You are encouraged to discuss your potential need with your academic adviser. Mathematical skill level will be determined during the first week of classes. Your freshman adviser may recommend that you register for an additional weekly Pre-Calculus Lab, of one credit, which may be applied towards the required credits of the degree program.

For information on academic advising, see: http://www.mcgill.ca/macdonald/studentinfo/advising

Required Courses - Fall (15 credits)

  • AEBI 120 General Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Natural Resource Sciences (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Biology (Agric & Envir Sc) : An introduction to the structure, function and adaptation of plants and animals in the biosphere.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Gary Brian Dunphy (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2 lectures and one 3-hour lab
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have passed CEGEP objective 00UK or equivalent (formerly Biology 301)
  • AECH 110 General Chemistry 1 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Chemistry (Agric&EnvirSci) : The course will be a study of the fundamental principles of atomic structure, valence theory and the periodic table.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Alice Cherestes (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 lectures, one 3 hour lab, and one tutorial hour
    • Restriction: Note open to students who have taken FDSC 110.
  • AEMA 101 Calculus 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Animal Science (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Mathematics (Agric&Envir Sci) : A review of functions and graphs. Limits, continuity, derivatives. Differentiation of elementary functions. Anti-differentiation. Applications.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: John F Hayes (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 lectures
    • Prerequisite: a course in functions
  • AEPH 112 Introductory Physics 1 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Physics (Agric & Envir Sci) : Accelerated motion. Newton's Laws. Force, work and energy, power; momentum. Conservation principles. Circular motion. Simple harmonic motion. Waves and sound.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Farhang Daneshmand (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 lecture hours, 2 lab hours, 2 tutorial hours
    • Prerequisites: AEMA 100 (or MATH 112) and AEPH 110, or equivalents, or permission of instructor
    • Corequisite: AEMA 101 (or MATH 139) or higher level calculus course or CEGEP objective 00UN, or permission of instructor
    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken PHYS 101 or PHYS 131 or AEPH 113 or CEGEP objective 00UR or equivalent. Not open to students in Bioresource Engineering.
  • AGRI 195 Freshman Seminar 1 (0.5 credits)

    Offered by: Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Agriculture : Members of the Faculty and/or Student Services will present seminars on resources available to help students develop the requisite skills to facilitate their transition into university life.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Alice Cherestes (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Restriction: Open only to Freshman Students. Not open to students who have taken BREE 187

Required Courses - Winter (13 credits)

  • AECH 111 General Chemistry 2 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Chemistry (Agric&EnvirSci) : Thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, aqueous solution chemistry including applications to acids, bases and buffers and selected topics in organic chemistry.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Alice Cherestes (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 lectures, one 3 hour lab, and one tutorial hour
    • Prerequisite(s): FDSC 110 or AECH 110
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken FDSC 111.
  • AEMA 102 Calculus 2 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Animal Science (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Mathematics (Agric&Envir Sci) : Integration, the indefinite and definite integral. Trapezoidal and Simpson's Rule approximations for the integral. Applications to areas between curves, distance, volume, length of a curve, work, area of a surface of revolution, average values, moments, etc. Improper integrals and infinite series.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: John F Hayes (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 lectures
    • Prerequisite: Calculus 1 or equivalent
  • AEPH 114 Introductory Physics 2 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Physics (Agric & Envir Sci) : Electric and magnetic properties of matter: electrostatics, electric currents, the link between electric and magnetic phenomena, geometrical optics, interference diffraction.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Winter
    • 3 lecture hours, 2 lab hours, 2 tutorial hours
    • Prerequisite: AEPH 112 or AEPH 113 or PHYS 101 or PHYS 131 or CEGEP objective 00UR or equivalents, or permission of instructor
    • Corequisite: AEMA 102 (or MATH 141 or higher level calculus course) or CEGEP objective 00UP, or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PHYS 102 or PHYS 142 or AEPH 115 or CEGEP objective 00US or equivalent. Not open to students in Bioresource Engineering.
  • AGRI 196 Freshman Seminar 2 (0.5 credits)

    Offered by: Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Agriculture : Member of the Faculty will present seminars on topical issues about their area of research.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Alice Cherestes (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Restriction: Freshman students

Elective - Winter (3 credits)

B.Sc. (Ag. & Env. Sci.) - Agricultural Economics Major - Freshman Program (30 credits)

If you are entering university for the first time from a high school system, outside of the Quebec CEGEP system, you will be required to complete a Freshman year of at least 30 credits as listed below.

Note: If you are not certain that you have adequate math and/or physics skills to commence the Freshman year you may wish to take preparatory courses prior to the normal Fall semester. You are encouraged to discuss your potential need with your academic adviser. Mathematical skill level will be determined during the first week of classes. Your freshman adviser may recommend that you register for an additional weekly Pre-calculus Lab, of one credit, which may be applied towards the required credits of the degree program.

Freshman Adviser: Dr. Alice Cherestes
Macdonald-Stewart Building, Room 1-023
Telephone: 514-398-7980

Required Courses - Fall (14 credits)

  • AECH 110 General Chemistry 1 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Chemistry (Agric&EnvirSci) : The course will be a study of the fundamental principles of atomic structure, valence theory and the periodic table.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Alice Cherestes (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 lectures, one 3 hour lab, and one tutorial hour
    • Restriction: Note open to students who have taken FDSC 110.
  • AEMA 101 Calculus 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Animal Science (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Mathematics (Agric&Envir Sci) : A review of functions and graphs. Limits, continuity, derivatives. Differentiation of elementary functions. Anti-differentiation. Applications.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: John F Hayes (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 lectures
    • Prerequisite: a course in functions
  • AEPH 112 Introductory Physics 1 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Physics (Agric & Envir Sci) : Accelerated motion. Newton's Laws. Force, work and energy, power; momentum. Conservation principles. Circular motion. Simple harmonic motion. Waves and sound.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Farhang Daneshmand (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 lecture hours, 2 lab hours, 2 tutorial hours
    • Prerequisites: AEMA 100 (or MATH 112) and AEPH 110, or equivalents, or permission of instructor
    • Corequisite: AEMA 101 (or MATH 139) or higher level calculus course or CEGEP objective 00UN, or permission of instructor
    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken PHYS 101 or PHYS 131 or AEPH 113 or CEGEP objective 00UR or equivalent. Not open to students in Bioresource Engineering.
  • AGEC 200 Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits) **

    Offered by: Agricultural Economics (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Agricultural Economics : The field of economics as it relates to the activities of individual consumers, firms and organizations. Emphasis is on the application of economic principles and concepts to everyday decision making and to the analysis of current economic issues.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Nicolas Kosoy (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 lectures

Required Courses - Winter (10 credits)

  • AEBI 122 Cell Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Biology (Agric & Envir Sc) : Chemical basis for cell biology; enzymes in biological reactions; membranes and the cell surface; cellular energetics; cell synthesis and growth; mitosis, meiosis and genetic consequences.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Alice Cherestes (Winter)

    • Provides a basis for later courses in cell biology.
    • Prerequisite: AECH 110
    • Restriction(s): Open only to Freshman students in FAES; not equivalent to LSCI 202; not open to students who have taken CEGEP competency OOXU or equivalent, or BIOL 112.
  • AEHM 205 Science Literacy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Agricultural & Env.Sc.-Dean (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    English (Agric & Envir Sc) : Development of English language and information literacy. Problem-based approach using science topics from specializations offered by the Faculty will be central to skill development. The course includes how to research and compose work in scientific format and will encourage a reader-oriented style.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Carole Newman, Natalie Heather Waters (Winter)

    • Students whose first language is not English are encouraged to register for CESL 299, ESL: Academic English Seminar, or equivalent, prior to starting their program.
  • AEMA 102 Calculus 2 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Animal Science (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Mathematics (Agric&Envir Sci) : Integration, the indefinite and definite integral. Trapezoidal and Simpson's Rule approximations for the integral. Applications to areas between curves, distance, volume, length of a curve, work, area of a surface of revolution, average values, moments, etc. Improper integrals and infinite series.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: John F Hayes (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 lectures
    • Prerequisite: Calculus 1 or equivalent

Complementary Courses - Winter (6 credits)

One of the following:

  • BREE 103 Linear Algebra (3 credits)

    Offered by: Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Bioresource Engineering : Systems of linear equations, matrices, inverses, determinants, geometric vectors in three dimensions, dot and cross product, lines and planes; introduction to vector spaces, linear (in)dependence, bases. lntroduction to computer-based mathematical tools.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • 3 lectures and 1 conference
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken Math 133 or CEGEP objective 00UQ or equivalent
    • Prerequisite: AEMA 100 or equivalent course in functions/precalculus
  • NUTR 301 Psychology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Dietetics & Human Nutrition (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Nutrition and Dietetics : A study of the general characteristics of physical, social, emotional and intellectual development, the psychology of learning, and the growth and development of personality.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Peter Bender (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 lectures and 1 conference

One of the following:

  • AGEC 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits) **

    Offered by: Agricultural Economics (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Agricultural Economics : The overall economic system, how it works, and the instruments used to solve social problems. Emphasis will be on decision-making involving the entire economic system and segments of it.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Winter
    • 3 lectures
    • Prerequisite: AGEC 200 or equivalent
  • AGEC 231 Economic Systems of Agriculture (3 credits) **

    Offered by: Agricultural Economics (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Agricultural Economics : The structure and organization of Canada's agriculture-food system, the operation, financing, linkages, and functions of its components. Focus to be on management of the various components and the entire system, types of problems confronted now and in the future.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Winter
    • 3 lectures
    • Prerequisite: AGEC 200 or equivalent

Advising Notes:

* Freshman students intending to major in Agricultural Economics in the B.Sc. (Ag. & Env. Sci.) degree program should note that the courses AEBI 120 (General Biology), AECH 111 (General Chemistry 2), and AEPH 114 (Introductory Physics 2) are required for all other majors in the B.Sc. (Ag. & Env. Sci.) degree. Students who are uncertain about their choice of major should be completing the "regular" Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Freshman program; the AGEC 200/201 courses would then be taken as part of the "regular" U1 curriculum should they ultimately decide on the Agricultural Economics Major.

** Freshman students planning to choose the Agricultural Economics Major will still be required to complete 90 credits in the Major. Since AGEC 200 and AGEC 201/AGEC 231 are normally required in the U1 year of the program, students who take these courses in their freshman year will be required to substitute 6 other credits. Students should discuss suitable replacement courses with their adviser.

Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences—2014-2015 (last updated Feb. 18, 2014) (disclaimer)