About

Agronomy is a science that finds ways to grow crops more efficiently and profitably while protecting the environment. Agronomy affects us all through the food we eat, the coffee we drink, the ethanol-based gas we use to power our vehicles and the natural fibers in the clothing we wear. 


Quick facts
  • 4 year degree or 2 year diploma
  • Full-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

You will examine ways use natural resources efficiently, sustainably and profitably to produce food, feed, fibre and fuel. You will take courses from several disciplines and learn to approach agronomic issues from several different perspectives. You will acquire an understanding of the biological, ecological and economic principles of crop production and soil management, as well as an appreciation of the short and long term effects of agricultural production on the environment.

A first-year schedule sample

Although there is a great deal of overlap between first year courses for most AgBio programs, it is important to consult the Course and Program Catalogue and contact an academic advisor for information about course selection prior to registration. Here's an example of what a first year in the degree program might look like: 

CourseDescription

Fall Term
AGRC 111 Sustainable Plant and Soil Management
BIOL 120 The Nature of Life
CHEM 112 General Chemistry I: Structure Bonding and Properties of Materials
ECON 111 Introductory Microeconomics
GEOG 130* Space Place and Society: An Introduction to Human Geography

Winter Term
AGRC 112 Animal Agriculture and Food Science
AGRC 113 Agri Food Issues and Institutions
BIOL 121 The Diversity of Life
CHEM 250 Introduction to Organic Chemistry
INDG 107* Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Studies

* These are elective courses. You'll have a number of courses to choose between.

The course and program catalogue has the full listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program. 

Here are just a few of the classes you might take while you complete this degree:

AREC 343: Grain and Livestock Marketing
A study of the Canadian grain and livestock marketing systems, procedures and institutions. Examines the price discovery methods used in grains and livestock marketing including: open (futures) market, marketing boards, teletype auctions, etc. Other topics include: the historical evolution of current marketing systems, marketing functions, government policy and regulation and market structure.

PLSC 401: Sustainable Crop Production
Components of sustainable crop production systems will be examined from an ecological perspective. You will evaluate the sustainability of cropping systems and develop crop production systems with greater ecological and economic sustainability. Laboratories will teach techniques used in crop scouting and diagnostics.

PLSC 494: Research Thesis in Plant Sciences
Provides an opportunity to conduct original research in plant sciences in association with a research supervisor. You will be given guidance on hypothesis development, experimental design, research, analysis and presentation then present your results in a written thesis as a presentation. Technical writing and thesis preparation skills will be addressed.

Research
We are committed to finding solutions to sustainably feed a hungry and growing world. Our five departments provide a foundation for our broad array of research activities, both basic and applied. We have over a century of innovative products and practices that have transformed the world.

Collaborative environment
Our faculty and researchers actively collaborate across the university, as well as nationally and internationally. We have created strong, productive partnerships with numerous governments, private enterprises, producer groups, research centres, and industry associations to develop a sophisticated network for applied science, business and policy development. Outreach, technology transfer and information sharing is an important part our research.

Small class sizes
AgBio offers a setting that combines the advantages of a full-scale university with the benefits of a small, specialized program. The small class sizes in third and fourth year and supportive atmosphere allows you to get to know your instructors and fellow students, and to build a network of personal and business contacts.

Opportunities to get involved
AgBio has one of the campus’s most active and spirited student bodies. There are several student clubs in the college to join to enhance your university experience.

Career skills
You will not only leave with excellent industry-endorsed scientific training, but also with a foundation of marketable career skills. Our strong ties with industry and our reputation for producing well-rounded, quality graduates means that many businesses turn here first when recruiting employees.

Graduates of degree programs in the College of AgBio are eligible for Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) membership in the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists, allowing them to engage in the practise of Agrology.

Careers

Graduates with agronomy training are actively recruited in the job market finding positions locally, nationally and internationally in areas such as

  • business management
  • chemical and fertilizer sales and marketing
  • agronomists, crop advisers
  • grain marketing and transportation
  • entrepreneurs
  • farm operators

The College of Agriculture and Bioresources has strong ties with industry and a reputation for producing well-rounded, quality graduates means that many businesses turn here first when recruiting employees.

Graduates with a B.S.A. degree are eligible to apply for the Professional Agrologist designation with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrology. Course work provides knowledge to become a Certified Crop Advisor. Graduates are also eligible to receive P.Ag. status for practise in the profession of agrology.

A Diploma in Agronomy gives you the skills to

  • start up your own business
  • to lead the family business
  • research technicians
  • soil conservationists
  • credit adviser
  • agribusiness operators or managers
  • sales representatives
  • machinery service representatives

In addition, Diploma graduates are eligible for professional designation as Agricultural Technologists (AT) with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists.

As agricultural enterprise grows more diverse, technologically advanced and consumer-driven, the industry needs a growing number and variety of qualified workers. The wide-ranging subject matter of agronomy will prepare students for a career in nearly any sector of the industry.

 For information about course selection for the Diploma program, please consult the Course and Program Catalogue and speak to an academic advisor.

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $6,121 $15,914
Fees $835 $835
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $8,456 $18,249

Tuition will vary depending  on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load (the maximum number of courses allowed).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

The Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.S.A) degree Agronomy and Diploma (Dip.) in Agronomy are offered by University of Saskatchewan's College of Agriculture and Bioresources:

  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.S.A) Four-year
  • Diploma in Agronomy, Dip. (Agrn.): Two years that consist of degree-level courses that ladder directly into the four-year degree program should you choose to further your education.

To decide which option is the right fit for you, consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies.

Admission requirements and deadlines

Deadlines

Start term Application Deadline
Fall
September 2018
Feb 15, 2018
Documents due: Mar 1, 2018

You can also begin this program in May or July. The deadlines for the Fall (September) term apply.

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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