Design and maintain an urban forest, a community garden or a new golf course. Manage a greenhouse. Help developing countries feed themselves. Introduce a new high-value crop which can be processed to add further value. Beautify the environment – both indoors and out – while also working to reduce energy use and pollution and help to grow food crops sustainably. Develop and demonstrate new energy efficient and ecologically sound means of growing greenhouse crops through a cold prairie winter.
- 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
Horticulture is the study of the biology, improvement, production and utilization of fruits, vegetables, flowers, medicinals, ornamental crops, trees, shrubs and turf grass grown under field and greenhouse conditions. It is the most diverse of agricultural industries, involving both art and science with career opportunities from greenhouse and golf course management, food production and landscaping to research and education and beyond.
Production and utilization of horticultural crops and ornamental plants represent an opportunity for expansion and diversification of Canada's agriculture sector. Nutraceuticals, biopharmaceuticals and the supply and maintenance of horticulture crops are growth areas with excellent opportunities for entrepreneurs.
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:
|AGRC 111||Discovery in Plant and Soil Sciences|
|BIOL 120||The Nature of Life|
|CHEM 112||General Chemistry I Structure Bonding and Properties of Materials|
|ECON 111||Introductory Microeconomics|
|GEOG 130*||Environment Health and Planning|
|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 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 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 335: Field Crop Disease Management
The identification and causes of field crop diseases in common crops of western Canada, as well as the abiotic factors that influence disease and crop development are discussed. Included are the principles of plant pathology and integrated disease management, which are the foundations of plant disease control. The course is supplemented with occasional guest lecturers, who have experience in the field of plant pathology.
PLSC 435: Landscape Design
An introduction to the elements, principles and practices of landscape design. Students will learn how to utilize various design styles, furniture and other materials, structures and plant material to create an attractive and functional landscape. Emphasis will be placed on residential properties. Lectures will mostly be held in the classroom and will involve some guest lecturers who work in the landscaping industry. Labs will involve applying the information presented in lectures.
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.
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.
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.
A growing demand for scientists and professionals equipped to deal with agricultural and environmental issues means a wide variety of career choices for graduates specializing in horticulture science. The career opportunities in horticulture are as diverse as the industry.
- greenhouse and crop production
- industry work government agencies
- landscape construction and management
- marketing and sales
- private and public research
- design and maintenance of private and public plant collections and botanical gardens
- crop and food inspection
- plant breeding industries
- tree nurseries
Nutraceuticals, biopharmaceuticals and the supply and maintenance of horticulture crops are growth areas with excellent opportunities for entrepreneurs.
Graduates of our programs will not only leave with excellent industry-endorsed scientific training, but also with a foundation of marketable career skills.
As well, the College's strong ties with industry and reputation for producing well-rounded, quality graduates means that many businesses turn here first when recruiting employees.
|Canadian students||International students|
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 (2019-2020 Canadian dollar rates).
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.
Admission requirements and deadlines
You can also begin this program in May or July. Application deadline is February 15, 2020, documents are due March 1st.
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