Agricultural Studies Undergraduate Courses

In addition to courses in biological sciences, economics, and geography among others, students are required to take some or all of the following specific Agricultural Studies courses, depending on their chosen degree. Please always refer to the current year's academic calendar for the most accurate list of courses offered. The courses listed below are not offered every semester. Please refer to the Bridge for current offerings and to register for courses.

Credit hours: 3.00
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
A survey of the major achievements in agriculture, spanning its origins until the present. Particular emphasis on agricultural-related activities in Europe and North America. The role of Indigenous peoples and women in agriculture, world food issues, and the environmental consequences of modern agriculture.
Lib Ed Req: Fine Arts and Humanities

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-2-0
Modelling biological, economic, social and ecological components of agricultural systems. The quantitative methods of economic analysis of agricultural systems are introduced. Application of linear algebra and linear programming to farm management problems. Use of computer software.
Prerequisite(s): Economics 1010; Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Lib Ed Req: Science or Social Science

Credit hours: 0.00
This is a placeholder registration for students admitted to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) with a major in Agricultural Studies who are enrolled in the Technical Studies Semester at an associated college.
Note: No fees are assessed for this registration.

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Capstone seminars in agricultural issues. Offerings may include guest lectures from prominent administrators and researchers in agriculture, field trips, readings and papers.
Prerequisite(s): Will be specified (including any recommended background) for individual offerings.
Lib Ed Req: Science or Social Science

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-2-0
Applied decision analysis with an agricultural focus. Mathematical techniques for solving optimization and constrained optimization problems in agriculture: linear programming, quadratic programming, integer programming, dynamic programming and simulation. Case studies.
Prerequisite(s): Agricultural Studies 3300.
Lib Ed Req: Science or Social Science

Credit hours: 6.00
Contact hours per week: Variable
This is a challenging, work-intensive, research-oriented course in which students will conduct fieldwork, text, library-based or empirical research, submit a report in the form of an Undergraduate Thesis which will be made publicly available, and report orally on the work. In consultation with their Thesis Supervisor, students will define a research problem and formulate a research plan.
Prerequisite(s): Fourth-year standing (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours) AND A cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher
Note: Contact hours will vary. Students should be aware that this course involves regular contact with the Thesis Supervisor as well as considerable independent work.

Course selections for the program will vary, but may include:

  • Animal & Plant Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Agricultural Policy
  • Ecology
  • Microbiology
  • Economic Geography
  • Biotechnology
  • Weather & Climate
  • Agricultural Geography
  • Soils & Irrigation
  • Environmental Economics
  • Resource Management
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Agricultural Markets