Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) Honours

The BSc (Agr) Honours program provides an innovative research experience for academically strong students that will prepare them for a research-driven employment opportunity or admission to graduate study. Students who take the Honours program will be able to apply scientific methods in an individual research project, research a scientific question, design and conduct experiments to address a scientific question, develop a critical synthesis of scientific results and communicate experimental concepts effectively both in writing and orally.   

Admission to Honours

Students must apply for admission to the Honours programs. Students considering Honours should consult with an academic advisor early in their studies. To enter the program, students enrolled in the BSc (Agr) program must:

  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher after their second year of study
  • identify and gain the support of a thesis supervisor at the start of their third year of studies

Course Requirements

To graduate with Honours, in addition to fulfilling the BSc (Agr) degree requirements, students must earn a minimum of a B- in the Honours Thesis I and II courses (RESM 4014.03 and RESM 4015.03), achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and complete any additional major requirements listed in the table below as defined by the major:

 Program    Honours Requirements  

 Agricultural Business

 All courses required for the core and major plus:
 RESM 4014.03: Honours Thesis I
 RESM 4015.03: Honours Thesis II

 Agricultural Economics

 All courses required for the core and major plus:
 ECOA 4000.03: Advanced Microeconomics
 ECOA 4005.03: Advanced Macroeconomics
 RESM 4014.03: Honours Thesis I
 RESM 4015.03: Honours Thesis II

 Aquaculture

 All courses required for the core and major plus:
 STAA 3000.03: Intro to Planned Studies
 RESM 4014.03: Honours Thesis I
 RESM 4015.03: Honours Thesis II

 Animal Science

 All courses required for the core and major plus:
 STAA 3000.03: Intro to Planned Studies
 RESM 4014.03: Honours Thesis I
 RESM 4015.03: Honours Thesis II

 Environmental Sciences

 All courses required for the core and major plus:
 RESM 4014.03: Honours Thesis I
 RESM 4015.03: Honours Thesis II

 Integrated Environmental 
 Management

 All courses required for the core and major plus:
 STAA 3000.03: Intro to Planned Studies
 RESM 4014.03: Honours Thesis I
 RESM 4015.03: Honours Thesis II

 Plant Science

 All courses required for the core and major plus:
 STAA 3000.03: Intro to Planned Studies
 RESM 4014.03: Honours Thesis I
 RESM 4015.03: Honours Thesis II

Year 3 and 4 Recommended Course Sequencing

BSc (Agr) - Agricultural Business

Year III: Semester V

MGTA 3001.03: International Marketing or or three credit hours of electives **
MGTA 3009.03: Financial Management
MGTA 3011.03: Marketing Research
six credit hours of electives

Year III: Semester VI

ECOA 3002.03: Agricultural & Food Policy
MGTA 3000.03: Management Accounting
MGTA 3002.03: Consumer Behaviour or three credit hours of electives **
MGTA 3010.03: Agribusiness Value Chain Management
RESM 3000.03:  Research Methods in Agriculture

Year IV: Semester VII

MGTA 4006.03: Issues in Agribusiness Sustainability
RESM 4014.03: Honours Thesis I
nine credit hours of electives

Year IV: Semester VIII

MGTA 4000.03: Strategic Management
MGTA 4001.03: Advanced Entrepreneurship
RESM 4015.03: Honours Thesis II
six credit hours of electives

Electives must include:

** Students must complete either MGTA 3001.03 or MGTA 3002.03.

BSc (Agr) - Agricultural Economics  

Year III: Semester V

ECOA 2001.03: Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECOA 3001.03: Econometrics 1
ECOA 3005.03: Agricultural Production Economics
MGTA 3009.03: Financial Management
three credit hours of electives

Year III: Semester VI

ECOA 3002.03: Agricultural & Food Policy
ECOA 3004.03: Agricultural Markets & Prices
ECOA 4001.03: Econometrics 2
RESM 3000.03:  Research Methods in Agriculture

Year IV: Semester VII

ECOA 4000.03: Advanced Microeconomics
RESM 4014.03: Honours Thesis I
nine credit hours of electives

Year IV: Semester VIII

ECOA 4004.03: Trade
ECOA 4005.03: Advanced Macroeconomics
RESM 4015.03: Honours Thesis II
six credit hours of electives

Electives must include:

BSc (Agr) - Animal Science  

Year III: Semester V

BIOA 3008.03: Growth, Reproduction and Lactation
NUTR 3000.03: Animal Nutrition
nine credit hours of electives

Year III: Semester VI                       

ANSC 3000.03: Animal Breeding
NUTR 3001.03: Applied Animal Nutrition
RESM 3000.03: Research Methods in Agriculture
STAA 3000.03: Introduction to Planned Studies
three credit hours of electives

Year IV: Semester VII

RESM 4014.03: Honours Thesis I
12 credit hours of electives

Year IV: Semester VIII

RESM 4015.03: Honours Thesis II
12 credit hours of electives

Electives must include:

BSc (Agr) – Aquaculture

Year III: Semester V

BIOA 3005.03: Fish Physiology
BIOA 3006.03: Aquatic Ecology
RESM 3000.03:  Research Methods in Agriculture
six credit hours of electives

Year III: Semester VI                   

ANSC 3000.03: Animal Breeding
AQUA 3000.03: Fish Health
APSC 3013.03: Aquacultural Systems Technology
NUTR 3002.03: Fish Nutrition
STAA 3000.03: Introduction to Planned Studies            

Year IV: Semester VII   

AQUA 4000.03: Finfish Production
RESM 4014.03: Honours Thesis I
nine credit hours of electives

Year IV: Semester VIII

AQUA 4001.03: Shellfish Production
RESM 4015.03: Honours Thesis II
nine credit hours of electives

Electives must include:

BSc (Agr) - Environmental Sciences

Year III: Semester V

BIOA 3001.03: Ecology
CHMA 4003.03: Instrumental Analysis or Elective
ENVA 3005.03: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
ENVA 3001.03: Environmental Sampling & Analysis
RESM 3000.03: Research Methods in Agriculture
three credit hours of electives

Year III: Semester VI

APSC 3002.03: Waste and Environmental Management
PHYS 1000.03: Physics for the Life Sciences I
RESM 4014.03: Honours Thesis I
six credit hours of electives

Year IV: Semester VII

ENVA 2004.03: Introduction to Integrated Pest Management Techniques
ENVA 4006.03: Air, Climate and Climate Change
HORT 3000.03: Environmental Processes & Natural Landscape Functions
RESM 4015.03: Honours Thesis II
three credit hours of electives

Year IV: Semester VIII

ENVA 3000.03: Environmental Impact Assessment
12 credit hours of electives

*Physics - Students must complete either PHYS 1000 or PHYS 1002.03 but not both for credit.

Electives must include:

BSc (Agr) - Integrated Environmental Management 

Year III: Semester V

APSC 2013.03: Machinery & Building Technology
APSC 3020.03: Energy Production & Utilization
ENGN 3016.03: Engineering Economy
RESM 3000.03: Research Methods in Agriculture
three credit hours of electives

Year III: Semester VI

APSC 3015.03: Irrigation and Drainage
APSC 3002.03: Waste and Environmental Management
MGTA 1004.03: Introduction to Business
RESM 4014.03: Honours Thesis I
STAA 3000.03: Introduction to Planned Studies            

Year IV: Semester VII

APSC 4006.03: Wastewater Management
RESM 4015.03: Honours Thesis II
nine credit hours of electives

Year IV: Semester VIII

APSC 4004.03: Energy Conversion & Assessment
APSC 4005.03: Watershed management and Environmental Restoration
nine credit hours of electives

BSc (Agr) - Plant Science  

Year III: Semester V

BIOA 3000.03: General Entomology
BIOA 3002.03: Weed Science
RESM 3000.03:  Research Methods in Agriculture
STAA 2000.03: Introduction to Statistics
three credit hours of electives

Year III: Semester VI

BIOA 2005.03: Principles of Plant Pathology
RESM 4014.03: Honours Thesis I
SOIL 3000.03: Soil Fertility & Nutrient Management
STAA 3000.03: Introduction to Planned Studies             
three credit hours of electives

Year IV: Semester VII

PLSC 4002.03: Plant Ecophysiology
RESM 4015.03: Honours Thesis II
nine credit hours of electives

Year IV: Semester VIII

15 credit hours of electives

Electives must include: