Program information for students in

Global Food Security

Global Food Security


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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:

2018-2019 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.

Note the following course is offered only in alternate years:

Course   offered next offered

NRSC 221 Environment and Health

Complementary in the Major

Mac campus: odd-numbered Falls

Downtown campus: odd-numbered Winters

Mac campus: Fall 2019, Fall 2021

Downtown campus: Winter 2019, Winter 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 2018-2019 school year. These tables represent blocks of courses that are conflict-free with each other.


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; (rEA): required in Eco. Ag.; (rIA): required in International Ag.; (cM): complementary in the Major; (cEA): complementary in Eco. Ag.; (cIA): complementary in International. Ag.;(e): elective

Fall 2018 for students in U1 Winter 2019 for students in U1
AEBI 210 Organisms 1 (rM) †

AEMA 310 Statistical Methods 1 (rM)

AGEC 200 Principles of Microeconomics (rM)

AGRI 340 Principles of Ecological Agriculture (rEA, cM)
AGRI 215 Agro-Ecosystems Field Course (rEA, cM)

BREE 217 Hydrology and Water Resources (cM)

ANSC 250 Principles of Animal Sciences (rM)    


ENVB 210 The Biophysical Environment (rM)


†Note that some or all of the labs in this course are restricted by program. You must choose a lab section that is open to students in your program, or that is not restricted, as visible in the course's detailed schedule on Minerva. If you choose a section that is not open to you, you will get a Major Restriction error.

Summer between U1 and U2: AGRI 310 Internship in Agriculture/Environment (cEA)

Fall 2018 for students in U2 Winter 2019 for students in U2

AGEC 333 Resource Economics (cIA)

AGEC 442 Economics of International Agricultural Development (rM, rIA)

NUTR 207 Nutrition and Heatlh (rM)

AGRI 411 Global Issues on Development, Food and Agriculture (rIA, cM, cEA,)

NUTR 341 Global Food Security (rM)

ENVB 437 Assessing Environmental Impact (cIA)

PLNT 300 Cropping Systems (cM, cIA)


Summer between U2 and U3: AGRI 499 Agricultural Development Internship (cM, cIA)

Fall 2018 for students in U3 Winter 2019 for students in U3
FDSC 310 Post harvest Fruit and Vegetable Technology (cM) AGEC 430 Ag., Food and Res. Policy (cEA, cIA)
NUTR 501 Nutrition in Developing Countries (cM, cIA)

PARA 410 Environment and Infection (cIA)

SOIL 315 Soil Nutrient Management (cM)

PARA 515 Water, Health and Sanitation (cIA)