The Ecological Agriculture specialization provides a holistic understanding of how agroecosystems work and the science of sustainable agriculture. It emphasizes the interrelationships among soils, plants, insects, animals, humans and other components of agroecosystems. As well the specialization applies ecological concepts and principles to the design and management of sustainable agroecosystems.
This specialization is where agriculture and ecology/ environment interact. Ecological agriculture addresses both the practical and theoretical issues that arise from this interaction including ecosystem dynamics, agroecology of food crops, and the role of agriculture in rural and urban landscapes. The specialization strives to view agroecosystems as a whole in the context of today’s global economy, social systems and environment. Through coursework and the possibility of internships students will learn about both the environmental and social context of agriculture and be able to develop workable solutions to the challenge of sustainable food production.
If you have an interest in agriculture and the environment, the Ecological Agriculture Specialization could be right for you!
For questions about the Ecological Agriculture Specialization, please contact the bsc-advisor.agenvsc [at] mcgill.ca (student advisor.)
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
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Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Ecological Agriculture (24 Credits)
Offered by:Plant Science
Degree:B SC Agricu and Environm Sc
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 specialization focuses more directly on the practice of ecological agriculture and conforms with the eligibility requirements of the Ordre des agronomes du Québec. It is suitable for students wishing to farm and do extension and government work, and those intending to pursue postgraduate work in this field.
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Required Courses (12 credits)
Complementary Courses (12 credits)
Minimum of 6 agronomic credits from:
Other complementary courses:
For more information, see Programs, Courses and University Regulations.
CAREER PATHS CAN INCLUDE: