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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.


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   Major    Honours
- Life Sciences (Multidisciplinary) Specialization      
- Microbiology and Molecular Biotechnology Specialization      
- Animal Biology Specialization   Minor  
- Animal Health and Disease Specialization   Minor  
- Wildlife Biology Specialization      
- Animal Production Specialization      
- Environmental Biology   Major    Honours
- Applied Ecology Specialization  
- Environment   Major Minor Honours
- Biodiversity and Conservation Domain      
- Ecological Determinants of Health Domain      
- Environmetrics 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 Biology Specialization      
- Plant Production Specialization      
- 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   Major Minor  Honours
- Environmental Economics Specialization      
- Agri-business 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 Major  Honours
- Freshman Program   Freshman Program
- Bioresource Engineering - Professional Agrology Major  
- Environmental Engineering   Minor

B.Sc. (F.Sc.): Bachelor of Science in Food Science

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 Chemistry Option Major  
- Food Science - Food Science Option Major  Honours
- Freshman Program   Freshman Program

B.Sc. (Nutr.Sc.): Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences

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    
- Dietetics Major  
- 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

Diploma in Environment

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.

Farm Management and Technology

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.

Learning outside the classroom

  • 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

Degrees offered                                    

  • 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
  • M.Sc.
  • Ph.D.

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Enrolment - Fall 2013

Canadian 977
International 288
Male 333


Canadian 286
International 251
Male 201
Female 336


Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Student Affairs Office
21,111 Lakeshore Road
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec (Canada)
H9X 3V9

Tel.: 514 398-7925
Fax: 514 398-7968
studentinfo [dot] macdonald [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

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