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Fact Fridays - Episode 5: Why U of G's Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Can't be Beat

Posted: Friday, December 1, 2017 - 11:00

Are you passionate about solving the world’s problems? Want to help create a better future for yourself and everyone around you? Our Bachelor of Science in Agriculture might be the program for you!

Here are 5 facts to show you why our BSc in Agriculture program can’t be beat!

Fact #1: 4 Jobs for Every BScAg Grad

The Food and Agriculture industries are booming right now and have more job openings than people qualified to fill them! Graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program are qualified for jobs in various fields including livestock nutrition, research, agricultural consulting, and agricultural journalism to name a few.

Fact #2: Be Involved in Feeding the World’s Growing Population

By 2050 there will be nine billion people in the world… That’s a lot of mouths to feed! As a result, the U of G is focused on improving the food system. In the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program, you will develop solutions to this challenge using science, ingenuity and a combined passion for plants, animals and the land.

Fact #3: 3 Unique Majors

In our common first year you will take courses on plants, animals, agri-food systems and agroecology so you can get a taste of what interests you. You then have the flexibility to select one of the following 3 majors in your second year:

Honours Agriculture: Combine agricultural sciences with agri-food business courses and tailor your degree to your interests.

Animal Science: Focus on animal nutrition, welfare, genetics and biotechnology.

Crop, Horticulture and Turfgrass Sciences: Learn about the production of field crops for food, fuel or biomaterials, and breeding improved crop varieties.

Fact #4: Be Part of Canada’s Most Renowned Agricultural College

The Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) is the University of Guelph’s founding college. It is also Canada’s largest and most renowned Agricultural College and is recognized internationally. As global leaders in education and research, there is no better choice for Agricultural studies than the U of G.

Fact #5: You’ll be Part of Major Industry Advancements

Our OAC receives more than 40% of the U of G’s research funding; meaning that students within the college are involved in some major industry advancements. The University of Guelph recently received a $20-million donation from the Arrell Family Foundation to transform the global food economy and further strengthen U of G and Canada as agri-food leaders.

Join one of the largest industries in Canada and take on the agri-food revolution. Apply to our Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program today.

Fact Fridays – Episode 4: Improve Outdoor Spaces with a BLA

Posted: Friday, November 24, 2017 - 09:00

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

Landscape Architecture is about developing an understanding of natural and social systems and using this to design attractive, functional and sustainable outdoor spaces.

If you want to become a key player in the way our cities, suburbs and wilderness areas are designed and managed, you’re definitely going to want to keep reading…

Fact #1: Become a Designated Landscape Architect

Our BLA program is fully accredited by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and is fully recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

What does this mean? When you graduate from our BLA program, you’ll hold a professional degree that meets entry requirements into professional associations across North America and abroad. There aren’t many degree programs where you graduate with an official title, so this is pretty cool.

Fact #2: Classmates = Community

Our BLA students spend a lot of time together, both in and out of the studio. You’ll feel a strong sense of community the moment you arrive! Develop lifelong friendships and networks in this small, close-knit program.

Fact #3: You Can Study abroad

In third year, our BLA students are encouraged to do an international exchange at one of our 20+ partner programs.

You can dive into this amazing opportunity and be inspired by landscapes and designs outside of Canada.

Fact #4: A Place to Call Home

Our BLA students have their own building, and as the years go on you may find yourself spending more time there than in your own home!

Students can access to the building and studios 24/7 to work on projects, study and find inspiration.

Fact #5: You’ll Celebrate Your Accomplishments

The LaBash is an annual gathering of over 600 BLA students from around the world! It’s hosted by a different university every year and was founded by the University of Guelph so you KNOW it’ll be a blast.

More reasons to choose LA @ U of G? Check out the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development.

When it comes to unique degree programs, the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture takes the cake! Visit the program page for more information and pay close attention to the deadline for submitting your Background Information Form.

Happy designing, #futuregryphons!

Improve Human Life with a Bachelor of Applied Science

Posted: Friday, November 17, 2017 - 09:00

We get it; you enjoy science but don’t want to spend all of your time in a lab or memorize the periodic table. We have good news; our Bachelor of Applied Science program integrates theory and research to inform current scientific practices meant to improve human life.

Choose from one of our 3 majors and get a combined understanding of the biological, psychological and social sides of human development and behaviour.

Adult Development

  • Investigate the influences of psychological, biological, social and economic factors on adult development;
  • Learn how to apply this knowledge to promote both individual and family well-being;
  • Practice applying your skills in a work setting through co-op;
  • Potential future careers: adult educator, elder caregiver, health promotor, counsellor or social worker.

Applied Human Nutrition

  • Do you want to become a registered Dietician? This program is for you.
  • Explore healthy lifestyles, how individual factors influence eating habits and how poor eating habits contribute to illness;
  • U of G offers an accredited area of emphasis in Dietetics;
  • Students can pursue careers in fitness consulting, public health, research and more.

Child, Youth and Family

  • Study the growth and development of children from infancy to adolescence and examine challenges like behavioral and learning difficulties, parent-child conflicts and substance abuse;
  • Gain valuable work experience through co-op
  • Apply for a membership in the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE);
  • Go on to pursue careers in areas such as early childhood education, mental health services, teaching, or social work.

If you are interested in exploring the factors that influence human development, including lifestyle, biology, psychology, and parenting; Applied Science at the U of G is a perfect fit for you!

Visit the program page to learn more.

Fact Fridays – Episode 3: Improve Society with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:36

Choosing what to study in university can be tough, especially if you excel in both the Arts and the Sciences. We got your back at the University of Guelph. We offer a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree program so you don’t have to choose!

Here’s what you need to know:

Fact 1: You’ll Select 2 Unique Minors

BAS students will chose two minors, one in the sciences and another in either the arts or social sciences. These don’t need to be declared until your second semester, so take your time to figure out where your passions lie. Checkout our list of minors to see your options.

Fact 2: Integrate Your Minors with ASCI courses

ASCI (Arts and Science) courses are taken throughout all four years of the program to help students build confidence in their research and writing skills. You’ll study how the Arts and Sciences intersect in society and look at case studies to learn about past and current global issues.

Fact 3: Design Your Own Course

Dreaming of designing a course of your own? BAS students will do just that during their Independent Study course.

You’ll work with a faculty advisor and determine the required coursework, test weightings, assignment due dates and you can even add volunteer or research requirements into the mix!

Fact 4: Endless Career Options

With the multitude of minor combinations, you really can find your perfect niche. For example:

  • Computing + Psychology = A career in Gaming Research
  • Biochemistry + Criminal Justice and Public Policy = A career in Forensic Science
  • Physics + Theater Studies = A career in Theatre Lighting and Sound Technology

Many of our BAS grads also go on to a variety of post-graduate studies including medical school, veterinary school and teacher’s college to name a few. The flexibility in BAS allows students to complete the specific subject requirements for professional school without having to enroll in additional semesters.

If you’re looking for an interdisciplinary program, look no further than Arts and Sciences at the University of Guelph, Future Gryphons!

Come check out our science facilities this Sunday for Science and Engineering Sunday and see if you can picture yourself at the U of G!

Fact Fridays - Episode 2: Improve Business with a Bachelor of Commerce

Posted: Friday, November 3, 2017 - 09:17

Don’t let our program name fool you; when we talk about the Bachelor of Commerce Program at the U of G, we mean business! Get it?

We take a unique approach to business emphasizing collaboration and team work to transform students into leaders of Canadian and global economies.

With 8 different majors – there’s truly something for everyone:

  • Accounting: complete the requirements to become a CPA.
  • Food and Agricultural Business: prepare for a career in Canada’s second largest industry; agriculture and food.
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management: choose an area of emphasis in Hotel and Lodging, Restaurant and Foodservice or Tourism management.
  • Leadership and Organizational Management: get your CHRP designation after graduation.
  • Management Economics and Finance: specialize in Management or Finance.
  • Marketing Management: explore topics related to consumer psychology and product development.
  • Public Management: combine politics, law and business.
  • Real Estate and Housing: examine real estate studies and develop management skills.

Here’s some quick facts:

Fact # 1: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Our students work together to develop new business ventures and participate in national and international business competitions – many of which they have won!

Fact #2: We Offer Flexibility

In your first year you’ll learn the essential skills and knowledge of business management, giving you a solid foundation for the years ahead. Students can apply Undeclared from high school and determine their interests before selecting a major in their 2nd semester.

Fact #3: CBaSE - Your new BFF

The Centre for Business and Student Enterprise is where Commerce students can apply their business knowledge and gain work experience while earning credit! Through CBaSE students can apply for start-up funding, consult on local business projects and even receive support to attend industry events.

Fact #4: Endless Co-op Options

With the exception of Leadership and Organizational Management, co-op is offered for all of our Commerce majors. Gain work experience and build your professional network while attending university. Students can complete their co-op terms anywhere in Ontario, Canada or even internationally!

Fact #5: Lots of Student Work Space

Macdonald Hall was recently transformed into the College of Business and Economics. This updated building features tons of student work space, “break out” rooms for studying and presentations, modern classrooms and a place to grab a snack or coffee before getting down to business!

Visit our website for more detailed information on each of our Commerce majors. AND come see the home of Business at U of G this Sunday November 5th at Fall Preview Day!

Fact Fridays - Episode 1: Improve Technology with Computing at U of G

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017 - 09:00

Want to be involved in pushing the limits of technology and exploring new ways of thinking, imagining and creating? Our Bachelor of Computing program could be the perfect choice for you!

Since you’re probably reading this from a computer screen or phone, we don’t need to tell you why technology is important. What we WILL tell you is why you should study Computing at U of G.

Fact #1:  Unique Majors with Co-op

Students in Computer Science explore problems and build solutions while focusing on programming.

Software Engineering students focus more on the design, development, implementation and evolution of software.

An added bonus, both majors offer the chance for experiential learning, networking, skill development and hands-on experience through co-op.

Fact #2: You’ll choose an Area of Application

Choose a secondary area of interest where you can apply the concepts learned in your Computing major. You will take 8 courses from your area of application throughout your degree.

For example, you can combine areas such as:

  • Computing + Psychology: explore human-computer interaction and build more user-friendly hardware and software
  • Computing + Biology: explore bioinformatics and support cutting-edge biological research
  • Computing + Business: many opportunities to explore e-commerce and develop inventory management systems or create electronic business applications

Fact #3: Your Classmates are Your Support System

Computing students form a very supportive family throughout their degree.

U of G even has a community of female computer scientists and software engineers called CISters!

Check out our Youtube channel to meet Mark and Madison, both computer science students, and their friends/peers talking about their experience(s) in the program.

Fact #4: The Computing “Home” is Getting a Serious Upgrade

Renovations are underway in the Reynolds building, creating a new home for the School of Computer Science. Once complete in 2018, the School of Computer Science will feature state-of-the-art spaces for student collaboration and research! You’ll want to be a part of this; trust us.

If you want to solve problems and improve life with technology, we highly recommend our Bachelor of Computing Program.

You should also attend Fall Preview Day on November 5th. This is your chance to tour campus, meet current computing students and faculty and ask your questions. See you there Future Gryphons!

Tips Tuesday – Episode 2: Science & Engineering Sunday

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 09:00

Attend our event made just for future scientists and engineers.

Here’s our tips for when you attend Science and Engineering Sunday:

Tip #1: Simply, You Should Be Here.

Interested in cancer research, forensics, genetics, diseases and the human body?

Fascinated by food and nutrition or plants and the environment? Do you want to be a vet, dentist or doctor?

Does thinking about designing solutions for computing, biomedical or environmental problems thrill you?

A hard YES to any of these? See you at SES.

Tip #2: Do Your Research

We’ve broken down both of our Science and Engineering programs. Read, find your interests and bring your questions!

Tip #3: Attend the Academic Resource Fair

This is your opportunity to meet current students, staff and faculty from our science and engineering programs, as well as Co-op & Career Services, Housing, Athletics, Hospitality Services, Student Accessibility Services…and SO. Many. More.

Tip #4: Drop-in to the Academic Buildings

See our science labs, recently upgraded engineering facility, greenhouses, anatomy display, and Ontario Veterinary College first-hand. Watch as students and faculty perform demonstrations, and partake in activities relating to your area of interest.

You will also get to explore lecture halls, the Athletic Centre, dining facilities and student study spaces on a guided walking tour.

Tip #5: Attend the Vet Info Session

Questions about the Ontario Veterinary College? You’re in luck, future vets. You’ll meet the Manager of Student Affairs and current vet students to learn more about the admission requirements and the program.

Tip #6: Make Yourself at Home

Visit our residences and grab a bite to eat at one of our many dining halls.

Explore the areas of campus that you’ll be spending a lot of time in if you choose the U of G!

If Science or Engineering (or both) is your thing, register now - you won’t regret it! See you there #FutureGryphons!

Improve The Ecosystems of Life at U of G

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017 - 12:59

Science and Engineering Sunday is quickly approaching, so it’s time to break down our Bachelor of Science Program at the U of G.

We offer 27 Bachelor of Science majors, which encompass the Biological Sciences and the Physical Sciences.

The Biological Science programs explore all living things, from tiny organisms to large ecosystems and everything in between.

The Physical Science programs provide you with an understanding of the universe as a whole. You’ll look at the nature, substances, energy and matter surrounding living organisms.

Need more clarification? Let’s think end-goals for a minute. Are you thinking the environmental industry, veterinary school, dental school or healthcare? Biological sciences are where it’s at. Or, are you thinking you’d like to be in the pharmaceutical industry or continuing research in physics, chemistry or nanoscience? The Physical sciences are a great place to start to help you answer important questions about the universe!

Now that we’ve defined our two Science streams, let’s go over some “need-to-knows” about Science at U of G.

We Have a Common First Year

...We start you in the basics in biology, chemistry, physics and math to bring everyone to the same level of understanding before getting more specific in upper years.

Science at U of G is flexible

...The common first year makes it easy to switch majors as you discover your true passions; trust us, it happens all the time!

We offer Co-op

...10 of our Science Majors give you the option to get some real-life work experience and make valuable contacts.

Our Physics professors are STELLAR

...First-year professor Jason Thomas tests the laws of physics and recently broke 24 world records as his alter ego, The Great Orbax. Another physics prof, Martin Williams, was recently recognized for excellence in teaching undergraduate physics! That’s just to name a couple…

We Offer Hands-on Learning Experiences

...From experimenting in the lab to on/off campus research and volunteering positions, there is no shortage of hands-on learning opportunities at the U of G! For example, our Human Anatomy course gives Human Kinetics and Biomed students the opportunity to dissect human cadavers; which are donated from the local community.

With so many options available in Science at U of G, we recommend visiting the Programs of Study page to research each major individually.

And again, you should probably visit us at Science & Engineering Sunday to have your questions answered, tour campus, residence and educational buildings, and meet faculty and students within your program(s) of interest. Register today!

2017 Road Warrior Series: Nick

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 11:40

Nick PankerichanNick Pankerichan, one of the truest Guelph gryphons you will ever come across! His feet have been planted on the university campus for many years, having completed an undergrad degree in Geography, then almost immediately joining the Liaison Officer team. Now the head Liaison Officer - Secondary School Recruitment, he refuses to leave his Guelph family, and his 'home'. 

What is your favourite thing about UofG?

From the moment I stepped foot on campus, I felt a part of a caring and supportive community - it was my home away from home. Little did I know; I would soon call it my home. There is a feeling on this campus that you can’t really explain until you visit.  And once I was here, it was really hard for me to leave.  Everyone is not only passionate about the University of Guelph, but every student and employee takes pride in making a difference by trying to change lives and improve life around them!

Please describe your campus & community involvement while at UofG.

Most of my time was spent in the W.F Mitchell Athletic Centre - I played on the varsity basketball team for 5 years and had the honour of being named team captain for 4 of those years. For me, it wasn’t just about winning games; it was about the effort and dedication that my teammates, my brothers, made day in and day out to reach a common goal. And although we never won a championship, the memories and friendships I built will last forever. Guelph meant so much to me, that not only do I get to travel across Canada to speak to students about the possibility of living and learning at the University of Guelph, but I am also entering my 7th year as an assistant coach with the Varsity Men’s basketball team.

What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer?

My entire life has revolved around working with people, more specifically, students! This job not only provides me with the opportunity to guide students and their families during an important stage of their life, but I also get to talk to them about one of my favourite places in the world, the University of Guelph! I believe education is the most powerful tool to solve all of our problems. Our students are our future and they hold the keys to help make the world a better place!

What advice would you offer to potential UofG students?

Your university days will be the best days of your life. There are so many different universities to choose from and degree programs to study. The most important thing to consider is finding a place where you will not only learn for the next 4 years, but live as well. Make sure you go to as many presentations and ask as many questions as you can!  But most importantly, visit the campus!  There is not one best university out there, but there is one best university for you!  Make sure you embrace and enjoy every minute of this process and I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors!

He's already busy on the road telling high school students why U of G is right for them, so keep an eye out for his Gryphon vibe, he could be coming your way!

Tips Tuesday – Episode 1: Make the Most of Fall Preview Day

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:28

We definitely think that you should apply to the U of G – but you need to experience it to believe it. Join us Sunday, November 5th for Fall Preview Day and witness the U of G community first-hand.

Here’s some tips on how to live life to the fullest on Fall Preview Day:

Tip #1: Become a Gryphon for a Day

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, visiting a campus is the best way to picture yourself there for the next 4 years.

If you ask a Gryphon, chances are they will say the energy on campus when they visited had them hooked. At the Academic and Student Services resource fair, you will meet with students, faculty and staff and hear their stories of why they chose the U of G, their involvement and all that U of G has to offer.

Tip #2: Go On a Walking Tour

Our walking tours and building drop-ins are arguably the most important part of Fall Preview Day.

Explore campus and experience what it would be like to call the U of G home. You will have the opportunity to visit residences, check out student spaces and take a look inside many of our academic buildings including Macdonald Hall (our Business hub), Thornbrough (the Engineering complex), Zavitz Hall (home of Studio Arts) and more!

Tip #3: Attend an Info Session

There will be 20-minute information sessions on various topics throughout the day. Topics include:

  • Living in residence
  • Co-operative Education
  • Our Admission plan
  • Financing your education

There will also be 45-minute general presentations that cover everything from our academic programs to our many student services. This presentation will get into the nitty gritty of life at the U of G!

Tip #4: Take in Fall on Campus

The U of G campus is beautiful in every season – but the colours of the leaves in autumn are enough to make you “fall” in love. You might even witness some grads taking their photos in the leaves!Slack Line

So we’ve either convinced you to visit U of G or you’re still on the fence. Either way, registration for Fall Preview Day is now open and we recommend you register now! See you there, #futuregryphons!

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