Program Spotlight: Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management

Posted on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Are you passionate about environmental stewardship and the responsible use of our planet’s living resources? Do you want an interdisciplinary program that combines science, technology, and business management? Are you looking to combine theoretical learning with hands-on, career-oriented training and take advantage of experiential learning opportunities? A Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management may be the perfect degree option for you!

What is bio-resource management? What makes the U of G’s Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management (BBRM) program unique?

Bio-resource management involves the responsible use of the natural environment, animals and plants for both traditional and new applications.

The first of its kind in Canada, the U of G’s BBRM program is designed for students committed to renewable resource management in the urban, regional or rural sectors. The program combines advanced studies in science, technology and business management with hands-on training in bio-resource management. Two of the majors within the BBRM program are either the first or only one of their kind in Canada!

Which majors can I choose between?

This 4-year Honours BBRM degree program offers 3 majors: Environmental Management, Equine Management (the first specialization of its kind in the country!), and Food Industry Management (a one-of-a-kind major in Canada!).

Environmental Management

Do you want a career where you can make a real difference? In the Environmental Management program, you'll gain the knowledge and experience you'll need to play a significant role in protecting the environment. The program combines environmental science and technology with extensive business training focused on leadership in environmental health, maintenance, and regulation.

Environmental Management

Equine Management

This unique program combines learning the biology, physiology and behaviour of horses while also covering horse handling, routine care, and the economic and managerial aspects of the equine industry. It features a hands-on approach to managing horses and provides a solid foundation in business principles and ethics with a focus on the environment and sustainability. Students graduate with the hands-on experience and knowledge they need to become leaders in equine-associated industries and businesses.

Equine Management

Food Industry Management

Created in response to the ever-growing food science and manufacturing industry, the Food Industry Management major combines food science, economics, and business, using a mix of theoretical and hands-on learning. Students will graduate with the knowledge, skills, and professional network needed to succeed in careers related to research, food product development, food production, operations management, food safety management, logistics and more.

Food Industry Management

What kinds of careers can I pursue with a BBRM degree?

Our BBRM degree can prepare you for a variety of careers in management, research, advising, and policy-making. Check out some sample careers below for each major:

Environmental Management

  • Eco-tourism Planner
  • Emergency Response Coordinator
  • Environmental Protection Advisor
  • GIS Technician
  • Sustainability Consultant

Equine Management

  • Breeding Supervisor
  • Equine Nutritionist
  • Racetrack Manager
  • Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Food Industry Management

  • Research and development manager in food manufacturing
  • Food safety manager
  • Logistics/supply chain manager

What classes will I take as a BBRM student?

Environmental Management sample courses: Pesticides in the Environment, Microbiology, Ecology, Communications, Biodiversity, Canadian Business Management, Financial Accounting, Environmental Economics, Environmental Law & Policy

Equine Management sample courses: Accounting, Event Management, Equine Industry Trends & Issues, Microeconomics, Financial Accounting, Principles of Animal Care & Welfare, etc.

Food Industry Management sample courses: Food Processing, food Microbiology, Nutrition, Math, Communications, Ethics, Financial Accounting, Operations Management, Marketing, Biological Concepts of Health

*** All majors take foundational courses in biology, chemistry, and business/management!

What experiential learning/extracurricular opportunities do I have as a BBRM student?

  • 200+ clubs including Equestrian Club, Guelph Wildlife Club, Outdoors Club, and the BBRM Student Council
  • Experiential learning opportunities including exchanges, volunteer opportunities, field trips, clubs and student organizations, and workstudy placements.
  • Environmental Management students can take a 3rd year course in which they work in teams on an integrated project creating a detailed environmental report with policy recommendations and action plans.
  • Equine Management students have exclusive access to experiential learning courses like Equine Event Management I & II and an Equine Integrated Project. In these courses you will get the chance to work with and learn from industry professionals and worldrenowned riders.
  • Food Industry Management majors can take advantage of coop placements. Visit for more information on co-op placements.
  • Field Courses: The BBRM program offers many opportunities to complete investigations and analysis in a field location for full and partial semesters.
  • Applied Research: Courses such as Advanced Independent Research and Research in Food Science are available to students within certain BBRM majors. Courses like these allow students to conduct research under faculty guidance in an academic or industry setting.

Next Steps

  1. Visit the BBRM program website to learn more about the program, admission requirements, student opportunities and accomplishments, and where a BBRM degree from the U of G can take you.
  2. Follow the BBRM Student Council on Instagram to get a sneak peek of what student life is like in this degree program!

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