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Faculty of Arts & Science

Agricultural Studies

Does farming or ranching define who you are? Do you long for a career that will enable you to enjoy a rural agricultural lifestyle? Do you want to be the one to make a difference in resolving global problems in agri-food production, marketing and trade? Cultivate your passion in Agricultural Studies. Faculty of Arts & Science

What is Agricultural Studies?

This unique program focuses on both the art and the science of agricultural practices from theoretical and applied perspectives, including extensive lab experience and a special emphasis on current issues and cutting-edge research. As an Agricultural Studies student, you will develop an expansive breadth and depth of knowledge in all things agriculture. Firmly grounded in the humanities and natural and social sciences, this liberal education approach ensures comprehensive, multi-faceted exposure to the study of agriculture and agri-food. As a multidisciplinary major, Agricultural Studies takes full advantage resources and course offerings in the Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Geography and Economics Departments. This broad the range of perspectives will expand your understanding of issues such as policy development, the farm as a production unit and the environmental implications of land use. You’ll also be exposed to the latest developments in genetic engineering, precision farming and animal nutrition, to name just a few.

Student Clubs

The Agricultural Students’ Society has an active presence on campus, organizing a number of events including tours of local ag-based businesses and research facilities—offering you invaluable fellowship and learning opportunities.

Agricultural Studies Programs

You can complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Agricultural Studies in one of two ways: by direct enrollment in the program or as a PostDiploma BSc. Bachelor of Arts: The BA program is a theory-based, 40-course degree with two sub-fields: Agricultural Economics or General Studies. This program focuses on topics like agricultural economics, agricultural geography, regional development, rural communities, public policy and environmental issues. You may also opt for a Concentration in Agricultural Business.

Bachelor of Science: The BSc program is a comprehensive, science-based 40-course degree focusing on topics such as soils, irrigation, climate and Geographical Information Science (GIS), as well as the sub-fields of Biology or Geography. You can also declare a Concentration in either GIS or Agricultural Business in the BSc program. In either program, you will be required to attend a Technical Studies Semester at Olds College (or an approved equivalent). This is typically taken in the spring of your third year and will include courses in soil, plant and animal science, as well as agricultural management. Post-Diploma Degrees: If you already have an approved college diploma, this two-year BA or BSc program will enhance your previous training with extensive theoretical knowledge. You may also declare a Concentration in Agricultural Business (BA or BSc) or GIS (BSc only). Contact your program Coordinator for information on approved diplomas.

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 your program Coordinator early in your degree for further information.

Agricultural Studies Courses

Course selections for the program will vary, but may include: • Animal & Plant Physiology • Agricultural Geography • Genetics • Soils & Irrigation • Agricultural Policy • Environmental Economics • Ecology • Resource Management • Microbiology • Geographic Information • Economic Geography Systems • Biotechnology • Agricultural Markets • Weather & Climate For more information refer to your Program Planning Guide or speak to your program Coordinator or an Academic Advisor.

Agricultural Studies delves into the relationships between the social, economic, political and environmental factors that affect the agricultural sector—from farm level production to international policy.

Originally, I didn’t think my classes would be directly useful. But now that I’m running my own business, I’m applying a lot of my skills and knowledge learned in the classroom. Justin Duban

What Are Your Future Prospects? Skills Acquired

In addition to developing exceptional communication skills, you will develop critical and analytical problem-solving skills, as well as research and information management skills. You will also improve your attention to detail, increasing your ability to read and discern important yet subtle differences in information. You will leave the program with a strong ability to summarize research findings, excellent fieldwork and risk assessment techniques, as well as in-depth knowledge of agricultural issues.

Graduate Studies

Research is traditionally undertaken by those holding a Master’s Degree (MA or MSc) or a Doctorate (PhD). Your undergraduate degree will prepare you for post-graduate studies, whether you choose to do your Master’s here at the University of Lethbridge or other institutions around the world.

Related Fields Graduates of the program may pursue careers in areas such as: BA Program BSc Program • Marketing & Technical Advisory • Entomology Services • Plant Science • Farm Commodity Marketing • Agricultural Engineering Services • Horticulture • Animal & Plant Production • Animal Science Management • Agricultural Product Inspection • Resource Management • Trade Development • Agribusiness Consultation • Agronomy • Land Development Industries

Professional Disciplines

Your BA or BSc in Agricultural Studies provides an excellent foundation for Environmental Law, Management or Education.

Our Faculty Members & Their Research Faculty members in all participating departments are happy to involve undergraduate students in their research, using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Our faculty members often collaborate with other departments, community members and employers on research projects—giving you the opportunity to get additional hands-on experience. Our location’s strong farming and ranching economy offers the opportunity to experience the practical application of agricultural research and methodology. You may have the opportunity to participate in field studies or gain employment with local researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge Research Centre, the Animal Disease Research Institute, Lethbridge College and numerous agriculturally based businesses throughout Southern Alberta.

Current Research & Areas of Interest: • • • • •

Livestock Production, Marketing & Trade Grain & Oilseed Production, Marketing & Trade Property Rights & Natural Resource Stewardship Water Supplies & Competing Demands Farm Business Management

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Government Interventionism in Agri-Food Markets Economics of Food Safety, Quality & Health Agriculture, Development & Food Security Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Agri-Business Agricultural Bio-Technology

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Put Your Knowledge to Work

Whether you’re looking for a more in-depth learning experience by assisting with research projects or by testing your knowledge in a real-life setting, we can help. Combined with your required coursework, the programs and courses outlined below will provide you with a solid foundation for further studies and an excellent framework for a challenging and rewarding career—whatever direction you decide to go.

Research & Independent Studies

In addition to your regular courses, you have the opportunity to participate in Independent Studies. You’re able to contribute to program study activities by volunteering on research projects or through employment as a Research Assistant.

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Applied Studies

Applied Studies is another special opportunity offered to all Arts & Science students as a way to earn course credit for career-related paid, volunteer or Community Service work experience. This program is specially designed to allow you to integrate principles learned in the classroom in a practical work setting. For more information on Applied Studies, visit:

Co-operative Education & Internships

You may also be able to enrol in undergraduate thesis-based courses where research is a component of your studies. There are field school opportunities available in some disciplines, as well as many opportunities to study abroad.

The Faculty of Arts & Science is proud to offer you the chance to participate in our award-winning Co-op Program—the only one of its kind in Alberta. Co-op allows you to gain work experience directly related to your studies and make invaluable contacts in the workforce, all while earning a competitive salary. Completion of the program allows you to receive a Co-op designation on your degree and, most importantly, a kick-start to your career the minute you graduate.

For current Research or Independent Studies opportunities, contact the Program Coordinator directly.

For more information on Co-operative Education & Internships, visit:

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*This brochure should be used in conjunction with the University of Lethbridge calendar, which is the final authority regarding program requirements and academic regulations.

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