BSc(AgEnvSc) Global Food Security Major

Global food insecurity and hunger takes place everywhere, from urban slums and isolated communities in the developing world, through big city suburbs and food deserts in industrialized countries to indigenous territories in Canada and abroad. Work to solve these issues is done at both the governmental and non-governmental level and in private and public sectors. The new leadership in Global Food Security will be built by trained individuals able to think, assess, analyze and propose action, while connecting multiple disciplines and sectors. The Global Food Security program at McGill is a multidisciplinary program that offers students a unique opportunity to combine studies in public health and food safety, international development and environmental sciences with agriculture and nutrition, providing them with the skills they need to build successful careers in this challenging and rewarding environment. The Global Food Security program combines comprehensive course work with hands-on experiences through structured internships and study abroad opportunities. The field experience (in Canada or abroad) includes project development in local communities, observing subsistence agriculture on site, and participating in a variety of activities designed to sensitize future graduates to the challenges facing countries in achieving food security.

Specializations

You will need to take at least one Specialization with this Major - the suggested Specialization is International Agriculture. However, if you wish to broaden your training, you have the option of choosing to do two specializations.

Each specialization consists of 24 credits of courses (required and complementary) that provide a coherent package designed to prepare you for a future career in a given discipline.

Courses

The Global Food Security Major consists of a core of 42 credits plus a 24-credit Specialization.

Required Courses (33 credits)

 

AEBI 210 Organisms 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


AEMA 310 Statistical Methods 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


AGEC 200 Principles of Microeconomics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


AGEC 442 Econ of Int'l Agric Dvlpmnt 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


AGRI 411 Global Issues on Dev, Food&Agr 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


AGRI 493 International Project Mgmt 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ANSC 250 Principles of Animal Science 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ENVB 210 The Biophysical Environment 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


INTD 200 Intro to Int'l Development 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


NUTR 207 Nutrition and Health 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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NUTR 341 Global Food Security 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

Complementary Courses (9 credits)

AGRI 215 Agro-Ecosystems Field Course 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


AGRI 340 Princ of Ecological Agricult 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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AGRI 499 Agri. Development Internship 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ANSC 420 Animal Biotechnology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


BREE 217 Hydrology and Water Resources 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


FDSC 310 Post Harvest Fruit&Veg Technol 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


NRSC 221 Environment and Health 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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NUTR 501 Nutrition in Dev Countries 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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PLNT 300 Cropping Systems 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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PLNT 435 Plant Breeding 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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SOIL 315 Soil Nutrient Management 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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SOIL 326 Soils in a Changing Environ 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

Specialization (24 credits)

Students must also complete at least one Specialization of 24 credits.

Career Paths

  • International development;
  • International research and project management;
  • Food security and agriculture policy analysis;
  • Food safety and public health policies;
  • Agri-business management;
  • Federal and Provincial food security programs;
  • Careers in government, non-government and international institutions

Field Experience

Field experience (short courses, internships or full semester) includes project development in local communities, observing subsistence agriculture in situ and participating in various activities which sensitize students to the challenges that countries face to feed their people. Students will have the opportunity to develop the knowledge base needed for successful careers in government, non-government and international institutions in the areas of international and sustainable development, international research and project management, agri-business, and food and agriculture policy analysis.

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