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Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems

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School of the Environment

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems

Honours B.Sc. Degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

This degree is an integrated and interdisciplinary program of study that focuses on the science of agricultural production and food consumption.  Over the four years of the program students will take courses that provide the following:

  • A foundation in the principles and techniques of environmental science, biology, and geography that are relevant to agriculture
  • Scientific perspectives on specific components of agricultural systems, including soil, water, climate, plants, and insects
  • A comprehensive scientific perspective on the ecological and environmental dimensions of agricultural systems
  • ​Analyses of the sustainability of conventional and alternative agricultural practices
  • Knowledge of specific topics relating to food and agriculture, including human nutrition, food science, nutrient management, and the implications of climate change for agriculture
  • An awareness of how these scientific dimensions relate to the social, economic, and political contexts of food and agriculture

The Single-Major Honours Program - 20 credits including the following 13.0 credits:

  • 2.5 SAFS credits consisting of SAFS 1001H (or 2001H), 2350H (or 3350H), 2500H, 3002H (or 2002H), and 4001H
  • 0.5 SAFS credit from SAFS 3560H or 3650H
  • 2.0 SAFS credit at the 3000 level or beyond in addition to the above
  • 1.5 SAFS credits in addition to the above
  • 1.5 BIOL credits consisting of BIOL 1020H, 2260H, and 2290H
  • 2.0 ERSC credits consisting of ERSC 1010H and 1020H, 2220H and 2240H
  • 1.5 GEOG credits consisting of GEOG 1030H, 1040H, and 2530H
  • 1.0 ERSC credit from ERSC 4350H, 4520H, 4530H, or 4640H 
  • 0.5 GEOG credit from GEOG 2080H or 2090H
  • 14.0 science credits are required for the Honours degree, including 1.0 MATH credit; MATH 1051H and 1052H (1020Y) are recommended

The Joint-Major Honours Program - 20 credits including the following 8.0 credits:

  • 2.0 SAFS credits consisting of SAFS 1001H (or 2001H), 2350H (or 3350H), 3002H (or 2002H) and 4001H
  • 2.0 SAFS credits at the 3000 level or beyond in addition to the above
  • 0.5 BIOL credit consisting of BIOL 1020H
  • 2.0 ERSC credits consisting of ERSC 1010H and 1020H (or 1000Y), 2220H and 2240H
  • ​0.5 BIOL credit from BIOL 2260H or 2290H
  • 14.0 science credits are required for the Honours degree, including 1.0 MATH credit; MATH 1051H and 1052H (1050Y) are recommended​