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The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is located on McGill University's Macdonald Campus, in the Montreal suburb of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. It's an oasis of green space in an urban environment, on a splendid waterfront setting connected by a free 40-minute shuttle ride to McGill's Downtown Campus. The Faculty emphasizes the thrill of scientific investigation through hands-on work, and it's a place where you'll gain the expertise you need to help feed the planet and protect the environment. You'll also benefit from smaller classes, personal attention from your professors and advisors and great internship and study abroad opportunities.
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS OF STUDY
B.Sc. (Ag.Env.Sc.): Bachelor of Science in Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
This degree offers programs in the biological sciences and agricultural sciences.
Students will choose a major and at least one specialization; each major has a number of recommended specializations although it is possible to do others. Students electing to do the Environment major will choose a domain instead of a specialization.
|+ FRESHMAN PROGRAM
- Freshman Program
|+ LIFE SCIENCES
|- Life Sciences||Major||Honours|
|- Life Sciences (Multidisciplinary)||Specialization|
|- Microbiology and Molecular Biotechnology||Specialization|
|+ ANIMAL SCIENCES
|- Animal Biology||Specialization||Minor|
|- Animal Health and Disease||Specialization||Minor|
|- Wildlife Biology||Specialization|
|- Animal Production||Specialization|
|- Environmental Biology||Major||Honours|
|- Applied Ecology||Specialization||
|- Biodiversity and Conservation||Domain|
|- Ecological Determinants of Health||Domain|
|- Food Production and Environment||Domain|
|- Land Surface Processes and Environmental Change||Domain|
|- Renewable resource Management||Domain|
|- Water Environments and Ecosystems||Domain|
|+ International Studies|
|- Global Food Security||Major||Honours|
|- International Agriculture||Specialization||Minor|
|+ PLANT SCIENCES
|- Plant Biology||Specialization|
|- Plant Production||Specialization|
|+ AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
|- Agro-Environmental Sciences||Major||Honours|
|- Animal Production||Specialization|
|- Animal Health & Disease||Specialization|
|- Ecological Agriculture||Specialization||Minor|
|- Professional Agrology||Specialization|
|- Agricultural Production||Minor|
|- Plant Production||Specialization|
|- Soil and Water Resources||Specialization|
|+ AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS
|- Agricultural Economics||Major||Minor||Honours|
|- Environmental Economics||Specialization|
B.Eng. (Bioresource): Bachelor of Engineering in Bioresource Engineering
Bioresource Engineering is an accredited, professional engineering program in which students learn to design, optimize and manage sustainable technological and biological systems in the service of society and the environment. There are five optional streams in the program (listed below) that students may follow:
- Bioenvironmental Engineering
- Ecological Engineering
- Food and Bioprocess Engineering
- Soil and Water Engineering
- Agricultural Engineering
|+ BIORESOURCE ENGINEERING|
|- Bioresource Engineering||Major||Honours|
|- Freshman Program||Freshman Program|
|- Bioresource Engineering - Professional Agrology||Major|
|- Environmental Engineering||Minor|
Discover how certain foods fight cancer. Understand why coloured fruits and vegetables have antioxidant properties. Find out which chemicals in foods cause certain physical reactions or why some foods taste so good.
Food Science integrates many of the natural sciences such as chemistry, physics and biochemistry with the principles of engineering to help understand many of the physical processes involved in new food product development, food processing, food analysis, manufacturing and storage. Food Scientists work on the discovery of new bio-active ingredients and their incorporation into functional foods and ensure that all new products are safe and free from contamination. They also study how flavours and colours develop when food is baked, roasted or fried.
This program will give you the skills and knowledge needed in developing scientific methods used in the field so you will be able to successfully and confidently take on the many roles of a Food Scientist.
|+ FOOD SCIENCE
|- Food Science - Food Chemistry Option||Major|
|- Food Science - Food Science Option||Major||Honours|
|- Freshman Program||Freshman Program|
Two programs are offered by the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition:
- Dietetics: a three-and-a-half-year program (plus a freshman year for students from outside Quebec). As part of their program, students will complete four stages (work placements). Graduates from the Dietetics program are qualified for membership in Dietitians of Canada and the Ordre professionnelle de diététistes du Québec.
- Nutrition: a three-year program (plus a freshman year for students from outside Quebec). This program covers the many aspects of human nutrition and food, providing an education in the scientific fundamentals of these disciplines. Students in Nutrition may choose to specialize in:
- Nutritional Biochemistry
- Global Nutrition
- Food Function and Safety
- Sports Nutrition
- Health and Disease
|+ Dietetics and Human Nutrition|
|- Human Nutrition||Minor|
|- Nutrition - Food Function and Safety Option||Major|
|- Nutrition - Global Nutrition Option||Major|
|- Nutrition - Nutritional Biochemistry Option||Major|
|- Nutrition - Sports Nutrition Option||Major|
|- Nutrition - Health and Disease Option||Major|
B.Sc. (F.Sc.) & B.Sc. (Nutr.Sc.): Concurrent Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences
Learn how food products low in fat, sodium or sugar are manufactured and at same time understand why too much of these products are not healthy. This unique concurrent degree program, the first of its kind in North America, offers a great education in these complementary fields. It can open the door to a multitude of career paths. The Food Science component of the program focuses on the chemistry of food and the scientific processes employed in processing and packaging food to provide consumers with quality foods. The Nutritional Sciences component deals with the science of the nutritional aspects of food and metabolism. Included in the program is an Industrial work experience (Stage) in either Food Science or Nutrition.
|+ Food Science and Nutritional Sciences
|- Concurrent Food Science/Nutritional Science||Major||Honours|
|- Freshman Program (Concurrent)||Freshman Program|
This undergraduate program is for students with an undergraduate degree (BSc, BA with science pre-requisites, or equivalent) who wish to enrich or reorient their training. It is a one-year program if taken full-time. See the McGill School of Environment.
A three-year, college-level academic and practical program designed to give students the skills they need to operate and manage an agricultural enterprise.
|+ Agriculture & Environmental Sciences|
|- Farm Management Technology||Diploma|
|- Ecological Agriculture||Certificate|
|- Food Sciences||Certificate|
- The Morgan Arboretum has over 245 hectares of managed and natural woodlands and tree plantations used for environmental research and teaching in a wide range of courses.
- The Avian Science and Conservation Centre was established in 1973 to foster a greater understanding of biology, conservation, and management of birds through a multipurpose program of research and education.
- The Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit is a unique facility in Canada which allows strict, in-house monitoring and testing of research subjects over prolonged periods while they consume diets prepared in-house.
- The Macdonald Campus Farm has modern commercial-scale dairy, swine and poultry operations and specialized facilities for animal research.
- The Brace Centre for Water Resources Management is a multidisciplinary and advanced research and training centre dedicated to solving problems of water management related to food production, the environment, and rural development.
- The Lyman Entomological Museum is Canada's second largest insect collection, with 2.8 million specimens.
- The Emile A. Lods Agronomy Research Centre/Horticultural Centre consists of research land, buildings and specialized equipment for agro-environmental field research.
- The Molson Reserve is located 10 minutes from the Macdonald Campus. The 51-hectare parcel of land consists of forest, woodland marshes, swamps and wetland, and provides habitat for wildlife and plant species, some of which are unique to the area.
- The Gault Nature Reserve, situated on Mont St. Hilaire about 40 km from Montreal is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
- Most undergraduate programs offered in the Faculty include the opportunity for a co-op work experience. Whether you wish to participate in the Biofutures program, work in product development or food safety within the food industry, work as a Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician or spend your summer working on a farm or agricultural enterprise, the Faculty has a wide range of internships for you to choose from. Internships and co-op experience both involve a work placement of at least 12 weeks, where students are exposed to the main areas of operation of their employer.
- The African Field Study Semester provides one term of integrated field study in East Africa with emphasis on environmental conservation. Starting every January, courses are taught on safari in environments ranging from desert to tropical rainforest.
- The Barbados Field Study Semester provides one term of integrated field study for students with an interest in global issues related to natural resource use as affected by socio-economic, management, urban and physical constraints.
- The Panama Field Study Semester is a joint venture between McGill University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Hands-on experience is gained through a research project which will centre on practical environmental questions important for Panama.
- The Desert Ecology Field Course is taught in Texas, Arizona and California.
Research centres and institutes
- Avian Science and Conservation Centre
- Brace Centre for Water Resources Management
- Centre for Host-Parasite Interactions
- Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment
- Institute of Parasitology
- Plant Productivity Research Network
- UNEP Collaborating Centre in Environmental Impact Assessment
- B.Sc. (Ag.Env.Sc.)
- B.Sc. (F.Sc.)
- B.Sc. (Nutr.Sc.)
- Concurrent B.Sc. (F.Sc.) & B.Sc. (Nutr.Sc.)
- B.Eng. (Bioresource)
- Cert. Ecological Agriculture
- Cert. Food Science
- Diploma in Environment
- Farm Management and Technology
- Animal Science
- Bioresource Engineering
- Dietetics and Human Nutrition, School of
- Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry
- Natural Resource Sciences
- Plant Science
Enrolment - Fall 2013
Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Student Affairs Office
21,111 Lakeshore Road
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec (Canada)
Tel.: 514 398-7925
Fax: 514 398-7968
studentinfo [dot] macdonald [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)