Welcome to the agricultural studies program at the University of Lethbridge!
The agricultural studies program was introduced at the University of Lethbridge in the Fall of 1996. The program is multidisciplinary, including courses in agricultural studies, biological sciences, economics, and geography, among others. Students study in lab-extensive settings that combine practical experience with an emphasis on current issues and relevant research.
Students interested in agricultural studies have four-degree options from which to choose: two four-year majors (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science) and two Post-Diploma majors (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science). In addition to the courses required to satisfy the requirements of each of the majors, students must fulfill the Univerity's Liberal Education List Requirement (LER).
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. Students can enjoy the opportunity to acquire, enhance and apply their skills not only at the University of Lethbridge but also at the Lethbridge Research Centre, the Animal Disease Research Institute, and at the many agri-businesses located throughout Southern Alberta.
The combination of outstanding faculty, engaged students and the critical importance of agriculture and agri-food generates a lot of excitement on campus related to the agricultural studies program. It is a great environment for students – entering, continuing and graduating – because of the tremendous demand for their skills and the many opportunities for them.