The Department of Plant Agriculture offers a variety of graduate, undergraduate, and diploma programs. The undergraduate program is fully accredited by the Agricultural Institute of Canada and the Ordre des agronomes du Québec.
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Plant Agriculture is a research intensive department offering Graduate degrees in the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs, in the fields of the Plant Sciences with specialization on: Plant Genetics and Breeding, Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, and Crop Production Systems. The areas of study and research focus within the Crop or Agronomy, Horticulture and Turfgrass Sciences, and encompass both the field and laboratory environment.
The B.Sc. (Agr.) in Crops, Horticulture and Turfgrass Sciences is a new major that focuses on the science of plants, whether for food and fibre production or for urban landscapes. You can develop expertise in the science of plant agriculture with specific training in areas appropriate for traditional crop production or more specific urban agricultural applications. You will learn to apply your knowledge in ways that maintain biodiversity, protect environmental quality, address public and scientific concerns and provide aesthetic, cultural and recreational opportunities.
The B.Sc. in Plant Science degree offers B.Sc. students the opportunity to explore applied plant sciences in a range of contexts from botany to environmental sciences, ecology and agriculture. You will explore the intricacies of plant diversity, growth and development, plant-environment interactions, advances in molecular biology, and the wide variety of economic uses for plants. You will study these areas alongside one of the largest concentrations of plant scientists in Canada.
The B.Sc. (Agr.) in Organic Agriculture offers students an integrated approach to learning in the rapidly expanding world of organic agriculture. Courses encompass food production, food security, processing and marketing, environmental health, and rural community sustainability. A systems approach is taken to the design and operation of crop and livestock production systems which are socially responsible, ecologically sound, agronomically feasible, and economically sustainable.
The Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management uses the resources of the Guelph Turfgrass Institute to provide students with the skills to succeed.
The Associate Diploma in Agriculture provides a practical, skill-oriented approach to agricultural production systems.
The Associate Diploma in Horticulture is offered at the Ridgetown campus.