Agricultural Studies


Welcome to Agricultural Studies

Agricultural studies delves into the relationships between the social, economic, political and environmental factors that affect the agricultural sector.

Located in Southern Alberta, the University of Lethbridge is an ideal location to select a major in Agricultural Studies. Farming and ranching activities are among the most important regional sources of wealth and of direct and indirect employment. The diversity of landscapes provides the foundation for a wide variety of productive activities related to livestock (primarily cattle, hogs and poultry), grains, oilseeds, pulses and numerous specialty crops. In this setting, aspiring agriculturalists learn about the physical and economic interrelationships between agricultural production, marketing, trade and nutrient management, water, grazing, rangeland and riparian management. This unique program focuses on both the art and the science of agricultural practices from theoretical and applied perspectives, including extensive lab experience and special emphasis on current issues and cutting-edge research. As a multidisciplinary major, agricultural studies take full advantage of resources and course offerings in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Geography & Environment and Economics. This broad range of perspectives helps expand the understanding of issues such as policy development, the farm as a production unit and the environmental implications of land use.

Program Highlights


New Course Offering Fall 2019: GEOG4030

Insect Biogeography and Ecology is a new course offered in Fall 2019. We will discuss aspects of the distribution, diversity, and activities of this large portion of biodiversity, and impacts on human wellbeing.

There is still room in the course. An interest in the topic as well as general background in geography and environmental science, or other sciences, is sufficient to take the course.
The lectures are MWF 9:00-9:50, WE1001.

Insects and their relatives form one of the largest, most diverse, oldest, and most ecologically active groups on the planet. The course will begin with a traditional survey of the taxonomic orders and examples of key families of terrestrial arthropods. Biogeography, evolution, diversity, movement, life cycles, dispersal, ecological relationships, relationships to weather and climate, food webs, migration, changes in abundance, ecosystem services, and interactions of insects with humans are some of the topics to be covered in the first half of the course. In the second half, we will discuss regional, national, and international case studies, and investigations selected by students.

Instructor: Dan Johnson
(, @DanJohnsonAB)

Don't miss out on this important course for agricultural students! Newly offered in Fall 2019.

Geography 3850B
The Palliser Triangle: A Region in Space & Time

Dr. René Barendregt

A survey of the Physical, Agricultural and Non-Agricultural Resources of the Palliser Triangle Region of Western Canada. Topics will include: a definition of the Palliser Triangle region, providing a brief historic and socio-economic overview of its settlement and development; climate and paleoclimate of the region, including evidence for substantial climatic variability throughout the Holocene (dendrochronology, palaeolimnology of saline and hypersaline lakes, aeolian activity); bedrock and surficial geology and associated resources (hydrocarbons, evaporites, surface and groundwaters); soils and land use, including adaptive strategies used in the past and present to cope with drought (changing farming practices over time, and the role of irrigation and agricultural research in western Canada).

Cor Van Raay

Creating student opportunities such that the University of Lethbridge educates future generations in agribusiness practices that enable students to successfully operate wide ranging business in the agricultural sector

Cor Van Raay of Iron Springs, Alberta, emigrated from the Netherlands to Canada in 1959 and, after working in a variety of jobs, landed in Alberta where he embarked on a lifelong career in agriculture. Through his generousity, the following funding opportunities are available:

  • Cor Van Raay Innovation Fund: open to all faculty, instructors, academic assistants, librarians, and student teams with a faculty supervisor to apply. The fund will provide up to $5,000 for projects that have an agriculture or agribusiness focus.
  • Cor Van Raay Agility Award in Agriculture: is available to continuing undergraduate students with an interest in agriculture or agribusiness innovation and entrepreneurship. Up to five $1,500 scholarships are awarded annually. Applications are due November 1.


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