Programs

Students can achieve a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Studies in two ways:

  • By completing the requirements for the direct-entry, 40-course BA or BSc, with a multidisciplinary major in Agricultural Studies offered by the Departments of Biological Sciences, Economics, and Geography.
  • By first completing an approved diploma program and then transferring directly into the BA or BSc, Agricultural Studies Post-Diploma program at the University of Lethbridge (please see Program Planning Guide for a list of approved diploma programs and institutions).

Both of these programs require students to participate in a Technical Studies Semester at Olds College (or an approved equivalent program) in order to develop technical and practical skills.

Students in the BA programs select courses in agricultural economics, rural sociology, economic geography, development, public policy and administration, and environmental issues. You can also select an optional Concentration in Agricultural Business (see Program Planning Guide for details).

Students in the BSc programs select courses in animal and plant physiology, genetics, ecology, microbiology, and biotechnology, or courses in weather and climate, soils, environmental resource management, irrigation, and GIS.You can also select an optional Concentration in Agricultural Business (see Program Planning Guide for details) or Geographical Information Science (GIS).

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. The academic requirements for AIA certification can be found on the AIA website.

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