Agricultural Biotechnology

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Credentials available

  • Bachelor of Science


  • Lethbridge


Fall & Spring

Program description

Agricultural biotechnology examines agriculture and the natural world, emphasizing the relationships between food production, the environment, science and society.

The program focuses on the life sciences, with prominence given to the application of biotechnology in agriculture. It also delves into agriculture’s associated sectors including: government, policy development, farm production, environmental implications and agricultural sciences.

Studying agricultural biotechnology will give you a strong science and economics background rooted in both theoretical knowledge and practical experience, and focusing on the issues, research and course materials relevant to agriculture.

In this lab-extensive, hands-on learning environment, you will concentrate on the physiology of microbes, plants and animals, as well as the systems they thrive in — helping you build technical skills in areas such as biochemistry and molecular biology.

As a multidisciplinary major, agricultural biotechnology takes full advantage of resources and course offerings in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry and Economics. This multi-faceted approach allows you to explore new applications in science and develop fresh perspectives about how to address challenges in food production through changes in economics, production or diversification.

Student clubs | The Agricultural Students’ Society has an active presence on campus, organizing a number of events including tours of local agriculturally based businesses and research facilities.

Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA). Once you have completed your degree, you may apply to the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) to be registered as a Professional Agrologist within Alberta. Contact us early in your degree for further information.

Concentration (Optional) | Students in the BSc in agricultural biotechnology degree program may declare a concentration in agricultural business.

Minors | Adding a minor to your degree is a great way to explore academic interests beyond your major. A minor is a set of courses comprising a secondary focus of interest. It is generally not related to your major. A minor may be required or optional. Pursue a second passion by adding a minor to your degree.

Honours thesis | If your GPA is high enough in your fourth year, you can opt to complete an undergraduate thesis course. This is an excellent opportunity for you to earn an “Honours Thesis” designation on your degree.

Experience learning | Our students have a number of experiential learning opportunities available to them including co-operative education, international exchanges, independent and applied studies as well as volunteer opportunities. uLethbridge is the only university in Alberta to offer co-operative education to all majors in the arts & sciences, at both the undergrad and grad level. Transfer students can actually head out on their first work term before ever stepping foot on campus! For example, many transfer students have completed a summer work term before starting classes in September.

Skills acquired | In addition to developing exceptional written and oral communication skills in this program, you’ll also develop strong critical and analytical thinking skills, advanced information acquisition and management skills, as well as precise attention to detail. All of these abilities are highly sought after in the business world and can be applied to practically any scenario.

Possible careers

  • Plant Pathology
  • Immunology
  • Medicine
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Cellular Biology
  • Farm Consulting
  • Animal Science
  • Rangeland Evaluation & Management
  • Agrology
  • Sales & Business
  • Resource Economy
  • Entomology
  • Horticulture
  • Forestry
  • Animal Health Inspection
  • Agronomy
  • Water Resource Management
  • Pest Management & Biocontrol
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Waste & Compost Management

Professional disciplines & graduate studies. Your undergraduate degree in agricultural biotechnology provides an excellent foundation for work in environmental law, management and the veterinary sciences. The University of Lethbridge School of Graduate Studies offers programs at the master's and doctoral levels, in more than 60 disciplines — so why not consider pursuing grad school right here in Lethbridge! Whether you choose to do your advanced studies at uLethbridge or another institution, know that your undergraduate degree has set you on the path to post-graduate success.

The University of Lethbridge has provided me with the skills necessary to be successful after graduation. I'm learning dynamic skills across a variety of disciplines that are applicable to the job market post-grad. I'm learning information that is relevant to the continually changing and evolving world external to the university. I am confident that through my experience at the University of Lethbridge, I will be prepared with sufficient knowledge of the current industry I'll be working in.
- Cassandra, Agricultural Biotechnology (Co-op)

Sample classes

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

  • Evolution of Agriculture
  • Principles of Genetics
  • Biostatistics
  • Cell Biology
  • Advances in Biotechnology
  • Experimental Methods in Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Economics of Agricultural Issues

Additional information

For current information on admission and program requirements, visit the Registrar's Office website.
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Why take your next step to uLethbridge?

Experience. Expand your knowledge, gain practical hands-on experience and learn from an expert in your field of study by participating in co-operative education, applied or independent studies and our international exchange programs — explore your interests while connecting with employers and putting future career opportunities to the test. Co-op students can actually head out on their first work term before ever stepping foot on campus! For example, many transfer students have completed a summer work term before starting classes in September.

Research. Opportunities to work on research projects with world-renowned professors — uLethbridge actively engages students at the undergraduate, graduate and PhD level.

Transferability of courses. Students with transferable post-secondary courses may be able to get course credit for courses already completed.

Ease of transition. Transferring from college to a smaller university pretty much guarantees that you’ll get to know your professors.