Major in Agricultural Economics


 Economic systems touch our lives in many ways every day, and are central to society at home and around the world. Agricultural Economics is a field of applied economics. This major is offered within a science degree, and is both flexible and interdisciplinary. As part of your program you will do courses in economics, marketing, finance, resource economics and public policy. You may also choose to take a number of courses in other McGill faculties on the downtown campus, such as the Desautels Faculty of Management, or the Faculties of Arts and Science. This program is designed to give you a basic foundation in areas such as agriculture and international development, food systems, trade and natural resource management and policy.

There is a wide range of future career options in many sectors. Our graduates work for government and in the private sector, for non-profit organizations, environmental organizations and in international development, as well as in the multibillion dollar agri-food industry.


Suggested Specializations

Agri-business*: Financial and market analysis, and the appropriate policies for agriculture and food systems; Understanding of agriculture and food systems, and specialized skills in business management

Environmental Economics: Environmental economics integrated with biological and environmental sciences; Environmental policies and management of natural resources

Professional Agrology*:  Agrology encompasses the science and technology required for agricultural production

* Membership in the Order of Agrologists of Quebec (OAQ) requires students to take both of the specializations marked with an asterisk. It is also possible to qualify for membership through the Agro-Environmental Sciences major, or through the program in Bioresource Engineering.


To view required courses:

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

For students interested in membership in L’Ordre des agronomes du Québec (OAQ), there are specific courses you must take as part of your program. These courses are provided through the specialization in Professional Agrology.This specialization must be taken together with the specialization in Agri-Business.


■ Agri-business management
■ Farm management
■ Management of natural resources
■ Environmental Economist
■ Policy Analyst
■ Banking, finance, marketing (agri-food industry)
■ Economist
■ Professional Agrologist

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