Program information for students in

Agro-environmental Sciences

Agro-environmental Sciences

AGRO-ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES MAJOR

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Remember, your program requirements are those that were in effect when you started each component of your program. For example, you can be in the 2015-2016 version of your Major, and the 2016-2017 version of your Specialization. To see the term when you started a program component, look at your unofficial transcript on Minerva.

Find your program requirements, including complementary course lists, in the eCalendar:

2017-2018 version of the eCalendar

Previous versions of the eCalendar

Remember that if you click on individual courses in the eCalendar's program requirements, you can view pre-requisites and other restrictions. You can also search the eCalendar for courses.

View the full list of complementary courses for Professional Agrology

Are you an international student (i.e., do you hold a Study Permit issued by Immigration Canada)? If so and if you intend on completing the Professional Agrology Specialization, you must obtain a Co-op/Internship Work Permit in order to take the required internship, AGRI 410. Note that AGRI 410 is to be taken in your last summer, but there is a 6-month processing time for the work permit, so plan accordingly. You can request this permit from outside Canada at the same time as your Study Permit, or afterwards, from within Canada. See details here.

Note the following courses are offered only in alternate years:

Course   offered next offered
PLNT 312 Urban Horticulture Complementary in Eco. Ag., Plant Prod., Prof. Agrol. Odd-numbered Winters

Winter 2019, Winter 2021, Winter 2023

PLNT 322 Greenhouse Management Complementary in Plant Prod. Prof. Agrol. Even-numbered Winters Winter 2018, Winter 2020, Winter 2022
AGEC 330 Agricultural and Food Markets Complementary in Prof. Agrol. Odd-numbered Falls Fall 2017, Fall 2019, Fall 2021

Suggested course progression

I highly recommend you follow the recommendations below, to ensure that you make adequate progress in your degree and avoid potentially serious scheduling difficulties in the coming years. If you take courses outside the recommended order, you may run into pre-requisite issues. Also, schedules are made in order for students to be able to complete their program in 3 years assuming they completed all program pre-requisites before starting their Major, and they follow the recommendations below. Of course, not all students can follow these recommendations for a variety of reasons. If you need help planning your courses, please talk to me directly. Note that complementary and even elective courses are included below - these are options which are conflict-free by design, but of course you can choose others, as scheduling permits.

If you are missing Freshman-level courses, please discuss with me the best strategy to include these in your schedule.

Most students take five 3-credit courses per term (15 credits total), but some choose to take four courses (12 credits total).  For most students the overall program can be completed in three years if a full course load (i.e., 15 credits) is taken each term.  If you take less than 5 courses per term it may be possible for you to "catch up" with summer courses, or you can take an extra semester or year. You are considered a full-time student if you register for at least 12 credits in a given term. Note that to be eligible for in-course scholarships from our Faculty, you must complete 27 graded credits in the school year.

The tables below are valid for the 2017-2018 school year. These tables represent blocks of courses that are conflict-free with each other.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

1- Do not use these tables as lists of program requirements! Program requirements must be accessed from the eCalendar (pay attention to the version of the program you are in, and make sure you look at the correct information on the eCalendar). For example, if an instructor who teaches a required course goes on sabbatic and the course is not offered in a given year, it will not appear in the tables, but it's still required. Similarly, alternate year courses (some of which are required in some programs) will not appear in the tables, in the years when they are not offered.

2- These blocks of courses are conflict-free by design, and exist to ensure it's possible for a "typical" student to complete the program in 3 years. You are free to take different complementary or elective courses than the ones listed below, scheduling permitting. Whether courses from different blocks are conflict-free with each other is up to chance. It's not because courses from different blocks were conflict-free with each other one year, that they will also be in any other year.

3- If the courses listed in a given term are insufficient in number, fill up your schedule with other complementary courses of your choice, or electives. 

Legend for course types

(rM): required in the Major; (rS): required in the Specialization; (rPA): required in Professional Agrology; (cM): complementary in the Major; (cS): complementary in the Specialization; (cPA): complementary in Profesional Agrology; (e): elective

Fall 2017 for students in U1 Winter 2018 for students in U1
AEBI 210 Organisms 1 (rM)

AEMA 310 Statistical Methods 1 (rM)

AGEC 200 Principles of Microeconomics (rM)

AGEC 231 Economic Systems of Agriculture (rM)
AGRI 215 Agro-Ecosystems Field Course (rM)

FDSC 230 Organic Chemistry (e)* if not already done,

OR ENVR 202 The Evolving Earth (e)

ANSC 250 Principles of Animal Sciences (rM)    

LSCI 211 Biochemistry 1 (rM)*

ENVB 210 The Biophysical Environment (rM)

LSCI 230 Introductory Microbiology (rM)

*To register for LSCI 211 students must also be registered for FDSC 230 Organic Chemistry, in the same or a previous term unless an equivalent Organic Chemistry course was completed prior to coming to McGill. If you already completed a full term of Organic Chemistry, you do NOT need to take FDSC 230. If this is the case and Minerva prevents you from registering for LSCI 211 due to a “pre-requisite/test score error”, please contact me directly.

Summer between U1 and U2: AGRI 310 Internship in Agriculture/Environment (cPA and complementary in Eco Ag)

 

Agro-Envrionmental Sciences, Animal Production and Professional Agrology

Fall 2017 for students in U2 Winter 2018 for students in U2
ANSC 323 Mammalian Physiology (rS) ANSC 234 Biocehmistry 2 (rS)
ENVB 301 Meteorology (rM) ANSC 301 Principles of Animal Breeding (rS)
LSCI 204 Genetics (rM) ANSC 312 Animal Health and Disease (rS)
PLNT 300 Cropping Systems (cM, cPA) ANSC 324 Developmental Biology and Reproduction (rS)
SOIL 315 Soil Nutrient Management (rM) ANSC 350 Food-Borne Pathogens (e)

Summer between U2 and U3: AGRI 410 Professional Agrology Internship D1 (rPA)

Fall 2017 for students in U3 Winter 2018 for students in U3
AGEC 332 Farm Management and Finance (cPA) AGRI 330 Agricultural Legislation (1cr) (rPA)
AGRI 410 Professional Agrology Internship D2 (rPA)

AGRI 411 Global Issues on Devel., Food and Ag. (cPA)

AGRI 490 Agri-Food Industry Project (rPA)

AGRI 430 Professional Practice in Agrology (2cr) (rPA)

ANSC 420 Animal Biotechnology (e)

AGRI 490 Agri-Food Industry Project (rPA)

ANSC 458 Swine and Poultry Production (rS, cM)

ANSC 433 Animal Nutrition and Metabolism (rS)

PLNT 300 Cropping Systems (cM, cPA)

ANSC 451 Dairy and Beef Production Management (rS, cM)

PLNT 302 Forage Crops and Pastures (cM, cPA)

 

 

Agro-Envrionmental Sciences, Ecological Agriculture and Professional Agrology

Fall 2017 for students in U2 Winter 2018 for students in U2
ENVB 301 Meteorology (rM) AGEC 430 Agriculture, Food and Resource Policy (rS)
LSCI 204 Genetics (rM) AGRI 340 Principles of Ecological Agriculture (rS)
PLNT 300 Cropping Systems (cM, cPA)

AGRI 411 Global Issues on Devel., Food and Ag. (cM, cPA)

SOIL 315 Soil Nutrient Management (rM) ENTO 352 Biocontrol of Pest Insects (cS, cPA)
  SOIL 535 Ecological Soil Management (rS)

Summer between U2 and U3: AGRI 410 Professional Agrology Internship D1 (rPA)

Fall 2017 for students in U3 Winter 2018 for students in U3
AGEC 332 Farm Management and Finance (cPA) AGRI 330 Agricultural Legislation (1cr) (rPA)
AGRI 410 Professional Agrology Internship D2 (rPA)

AGRI 411 Global Issues on Devel., Food and Ag. (cM, cPA)

AGRI 490 Agri-Food Industry Project (rPA)

AGRI 430 Professional Practice in Agrology (2cr) (rPA)

ANSC 458 Swine and Poultry Production (cM)

AGRI 490 Agri-Food Industry Project (rPA)

PLNT 302 Forage Crops and Pastures (cM, cS, cPA)

ANSC 312 Animal Health and Disease (cM, cPA)

PLNT 460 Plant Ecology (cS)

ANSC 451 Dairy and Beef Production Management (cM)

  PLNT 434 Weed Biology and Control (cS, cPA)

Agro-Envrionmental Sciences, Plant Production and Professional Agrology

Fall 2017 for students in U2 Winter 2018 for students in U2
ENVB 301 Meteorology (rM) PLNT 307 Agroecology of Vegetables and Fruits (cS, cPA)

LSCI 204 Genetics (rM)

PLNT 310 Plant Propagation (rS)

PLNT 300 Cropping Systems (rS, cM)

PLNT 322 Greenhouse Management (cS, cPA)
PLNT 305 Plant Pathology (rS) PLNT 353 Plant Structure and Function (rS)
SOIL 315 Soil Nutrient Management (rM) PLNT 434 Weed Biology and Control (rS)

Summer between U2 and U3: AGRI 410 Professional Agrology Internship D1 (rPA)

Fall 2017 for students in U3 Winter 2018 for students in U3
AGEC 330 Ag. and Food Markets (cPA) - next offered in Fall 2019

AGRI 330 Agricultural Legislation (1cr) (rPA)

AGEC 332 Farm Management and Finance (cPA)

AGRI 430 Prof. Practice in Agrology (2cr) (rPA)

AGRI 410 Professional Agrology Internship D2 (rPA)

AGRI 490 Agri-Food Industry Project (rPA)

AGRI 490 Agri-Food Industry Project (rPA)

ANSC 451 Dairy and Beef Prod. Man. (cM)

ANSC 458 Swine and Poultry Production (cM, cPA)

PLNT 322 Greenhouse Management (cS, cPA)

PLNT 302 Forage Crops and Pastures (cM, cPA)

PLNT 435 Plant Breeding (rS)