Program Spotlight: Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

Posted on Monday, November 25th, 2019

BSc Ag

At U of G, we believe that agriculture is about so much more than just feeding people, it’s also about responsible resource use and the stewardship of planet, animal, and human health.  If you agree, then a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture B.Sc. (Agr.) degree from the University of Guelph may be the perfect fit for you!

Why B.Sc. (Agr.) at the U of G?

  1. As a B.Sc. (agr.) student, you’ll be joining The Ontario Agriculture College (OAC), which is recognized worldwide for its research accomplishments and has a 145-year legacy of excellence in agricultural education.
  2. An OAC study shows that there are currently 4 jobs for every OAC graduate entering Ontario’s food and agriculture sector.  Surveyed employers also communicated a strong demand for co-op programs and experiential learning, of which B.Sc. (Agr.) students at the University of Guelph have extensive options.
  3. The common first year core courses for all B.Sc. (Agr.) students allows students to explore the program to the fullest.  It also makes it easy to transfer between majors if you discover your passions lie beyond your current selection!
  4. Students within the OAC are known throughout campus as “Aggies”.  Aggies enjoy a special sense of class spirit and even have their own set of traditions.  From their famous leather jackets, to the Tractor Tug for Tots charity event, to the Good Times Banquet, Aggies are sure to make enduring memories with lifelong friends.

What majors are there to choose from?

Honours Agriculture

Prepare for a rewarding future in one of Canada’s largest industries.   Customize your degree according to your unique career goals, combining core agricultural science courses with a wide range of electives focusing on agrifood business, animal and plant production, land management and sustainability.  Sample careers include agriculture consultant, educator, government regulator/advisor, or agriculture journalist.

Animal Science

Learn how to produce quality products efficiently using humane animal production systems.  Explore animal nutrition, welfare, genetics and biotechnology, and prepare for various rewarding careers in animal production, health, and sales.  Sample Careers include livestock nutritionist, genetics consultant, marketing coordinator, or sales representative.

Crop, Horticulture and Turfgrass Sciences

Explore the production of field crops for food, fuel, and biomaterials and learn how to breed improved crop varieties.  Discover the horticultural production methods that will shape the future, including advanced commercial greenhouses and vertical farms.  Sample careers include plant breeder, research associate, sales manager, or golf course superintendent.

What will I study in first year?

Sample courses for first-year B.Sc. (Agr.) students include:

  • Introduction to Agri-Food Systems
  • Biology of Plants and Animals in Managed Ecosystems
  • Elements of Calculus I
  • Economics of the Agri-Food System
  • Agroecology
  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology


Where can I go with a B.Sc. (Agr.) degree?

Here’s just a few of the places that employ our grads:

  • Corteva Agriscience
  • Farm Credit Canada
  • Syngenta
  • RBC Royal Bank
  • Semex
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs

B.Sc. (Agr.) students are also prepared to enter a variety of policy and research roles.  Our grads have also went on to pursue veterinary medicine, especially those from the Animal Science major.


Did You Know?

The OAC attracts about $45 million in research funding annually!


Ready to learn more?

  1. Visit the OAC website to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program and admission requirements.
  2. Get a sneak peek of life in the OAC by checking out the Students of OAC Instagram page and the OAC Aggies Instagram page!  
  3. Watch the following video to hear from one of our talented B.Sc. (Agr.) students! 

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