Crop scientists contribute to global food security by increasing local and global food production, developing new crop varieties, and protecting plants from disease and environmental stresses. Discover alternatives to traditional cropping systems and learn to improve the quality and nutrition of crops that feed the world.
- 4 year degree
- Full or part-time program
- You can enter this program directly from high school
- You can begin this program off-campus
What you will learn
Crop Science is the study of agricultural issues and challenges, including
- resource use consistent with sustainable production of food, feed, fibre and fuel
- production, processing and marketing of high quality food and non-food products
- development and implementation of innovative and efficient production
- processing and marketing systems.
Crop Science integrates a broad range of disciplines, including genetics, pathology, crop quality and biotechnology, leading to the development of superior varieties of horticulture and field crops.
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:
|Scientific Literacy and Communication for the Agricultural Sciences
|Discovery in Plant and Soil Sciences
|History of Indigenous Agriculture in Canada
|The Nature of Life
|General Chemistry I Structure Bonding and Properties of Materials
|Animal Agriculture and Food Science
|Agri Food Issues and Institutions
|The Diversity of Life
|History of Country Music
* These are elective courses. You'll have a large number of courses to choose between.
The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official 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:
PLSC 405: Genetics of Plant Populations
Application of the principles of Mendelian, population and quantitative genetics to plant evolution and improvement, and conservation of genetic resources. The role of genetic mechanisms in the micro-evolutionary process and their relevance to natural and directed plant evolution and conservation of plant genetic resources is examined.
PLSC 411: Plant Breeding
Familiarizes students with the fundamental aspects of plant breeding, including applied plant genetics, breeding objectives and methods, selection theory and practice, and modern genetic techniques. Labs involve hands-on plant breeding activities.
PLSC 494: Research Thesis in Plant Sciences
Provides students with an opportunity to conduct original research in plant sciences in association with a research supervisor. Students will be given guidance on hypothesis development, experimental design, research, analysis and presentation. Students will present their results in a written thesis as a presentation. Technical writing and thesis preparation skills will be addressed in a series of lectures at the beginning of Term 1.
You will graduate with excellent industry-endorsed scientific training and a foundation of marketable career skills. Our strong ties with industry and our reputation for producing well-rounded, quality graduates means that many businesses look here first when hiring employees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our graduates are well prepared to address major agriculture issues and challenges. A degree in crop science provides you with the basic science required to pursue a diverse range of careers throughout the world in a growing list of fields such as:
- research technician with government, university or private plant breeders
- sales and marketing with fertilizer, chemical or seed companies
- grain marketing and transportation
- financial lender
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 (2023-2024 Canadian dollar rates).
Student 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 $1,500-$2,500 per year.
Admission requirements and deadlines
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