Interested in the science of agriculture? With the ability to specialize in plant and soil or animal science and plenty of theoretical and hands-on training, the Agriculture Sciences program is the place to start.

 

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Overview

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Plant your future in the Agriculture Sciences program and beef up your career with a major in either Plant and Soil Science or Animal Science. Our instructors, who have first-hand experience doing the same kind of work you want to do, will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need for success in the agriculture industry.

Your classroom will be the plant lab, field, computer lab and barn. Studying in the Cousins Science Centre – a state-of-the-art, technologically advanced facility – you’ll use research grade, industry-preferred equipment. You’ll also get the chance to work with real business models and gain insight into what it takes to flourish in the industry while touring the operations of some of the most progressive producers in the region, from the small specialty farmer to the large commercial operation.

Combine your interests in Agriculture Sciences – apply today!

Career opportunities

Equipped with experience and ready to go on day one, you’ll be a welcome addition to any workplace as a(n):

  • agriculture researcher
  • agriculture sales, support and production assistant
  • farmer
  • rancher
  • farm finance account manager
  • agriculture specialist
  • agriculture specialist
  • specialized livestock worker
Starts In: September
Status: Now accepting applications.
Next Intake: Fall (September) 2018
Application Deadlines:

  • Domestic for Fall 2018: September 4, 2018
  • International for Fall 2018: June 1, 2018

For a full list of dates and deadlines, click here.

Duration: 2 years
Credential: Diploma with Designated Major
Transfers:

  • University of Lethbridge
  • University of Alberta
  • Athabasca University
  • University of Calgary
  • NAIT

 

Delivery Format
Blended (classroom + online)
Learning Environment

Both majors in the Agriculture Sciences program have a common first year. However, students must choose their major when applying to the program. Students have the option of switching majors at the end of the first year.

Year 1 Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits
BIO-1175
3.00
BUS-1166
3.00
ENG-1154
3.00
IRR-1152
3.00
PLT-1152
3.00
RRM-2253
3.00

The following courses are also available through online learning:

  • ENG-1154 Writing for Technologists
Year 1 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
ACC-1170
3.00
AGR-1164
3.00
AGR-1168
3.00
COM-1158
1.50
MKT-1152
3.00
PLT-1155
3.00

The following courses are also available through online learning:

  • AGR-1164 Agricultural Entomology

Upon completion of Year One, Agriculture Sciences students will focus on studies in their selected major.

Year 2 Term I (Plant and Soil Science Major)
Course Code Course Name Credits
AGR-2250
3.00
AGR-2256
3.00
PLT-2260
3.00
PLT-2261
3.00
PLT-2262
3.00

Please note: Students are also required to complete a total of 3.00 credits in Electives (Please see Plant and Soil Sciences Major Elective Courses list).

Year 2 Term II (Plant and Soil Science Major)
Course Code Course Name Credits
AGR-2261
3.00
AGR-2266
3.00
IRR-2252
3.00
PLT-2263
3.00

Please note: Students are also required to complete a total of 3.00 credits in Electives (Please see Plant and Soil Sciences Major Elective Courses list).

Plant and Soil Sciences Major Elective Courses
Course Code Course Name Credits
ACC-1175
3.00
AGB-1150
3.00
AGB-1151
3.00
AGB-1160
3.00
AGB-1161
1.50
AGB-1164
3.00
AGB-1171
3.00
AGB-1172
3.00
AGR-1152
3.00
AGR-1160
3.00
AGR-2252
6.00
AGR-2280
3.00
AGR-2286
3.00
AGR-2287
3.00
AGR-2289
3.00
AGR-2291
3.00
AGR-2294
3.00
BIO-1151
3.00
BIO-2262
3.00
BUS-1177
3.00
ECN-1180
3.00

Please note: Any course used to fulfill a core requirement cannot be used to fulfill an elective requirement.


The following courses are also available through online learning:

  • AGB-1150 Effective Communication
  • AGB-1151 Financial Literacy
  • AGB-1160 Currency
  • AGB-1161 Introduction to Market Tools
  • AGB-1164 Commodity Market Fundamentals
  • AGB-1171 Market Tools
  • AGB-1172 Risk Tolerance and Risk Policy
  • BIO-1151 Environmental Issues
Year 2 Term I (Animal Science Major)
Course Code Course Name Credits
AGR-2250
3.00
AGR-2280
3.00
AGR-2287
3.00
AGR-2294
3.00
PLT-2261
3.00

Please note: Students are also required to complete a total of 3.00 credits in Electives (Please see Animal Science Major Elective Courses list).

Year 2 Term II (Animal Science Major)
Course Code Course Name Credits
AGR-2261
3.00
AGR-2289
3.00
AGR-2291
3.00
BIO-2262
3.00

Please note: Students are also required to complete a total of 3.00 credits in Electives (Please see Animal Science Major Elective Courses list).

Animal Science Major Elective Courses
Course Code Course Name Credits
ACC-1175
3.00
AGB-1150
3.00
AGB-1151
3.00
AGB-1160
3.00
AGB-1161
1.50
AGB-1164
3.00
AGB-1171
3.00
AGB-1172
3.00
AGR-1152
3.00
AGR-1160
3.00
AGR-2252
6.00
AGR-2256
3.00
AGR-2266
3.00
AGR-2286
3.00
BIO-1151
3.00
BUS-1177
3.00
ECN-1180
3.00
IRR-2252
3.00
PLT-2260
3.00
PLT-2262
3.00
PLT-2263
3.00

Please note: Any course used to fulfill a core requirement cannot be used to fulfill an elective requirement.


The following courses are also available through online learning:

  • AGB-1150 Effective Communication
  • AGB-1151 Financial Literacy
  • AGB-1160 Currency
  • AGB-1161 Introduction to Market Tools
  • AGB-1164 Commodity Market Fundamentals
  • AGB-1171 Market Tools
  • AGB-1172 Risk Tolerance and Risk Policy
  • BIO-1151 Environmental Issues

Admissions

New students are accepted into the Agriculture Sciences program for Fall (September) term.

General admission requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar. Applicants are encouraged to have Grade 12 Biology and Grade 12 Chemistry. Students intending to pursue a university degree are strongly recommended to complete Grade 12 Chemistry and Grade 12 Math.

Prior learning assessment (PLA)

If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment.


Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the College and University Preparation program to upgrade their academic skills.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $3,993.00 $1,220.00 $1,629.00
Year 2 $3,465.00 $1,473.00 $1,540.00

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  • Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
  • International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
  • Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Experience your education

In our program, you'll get your hands dirty in immersive learning.

When it comes to animal science or plant and soil science, your learning will literally be hands on. Whether you’re balancing a ration for beef cows or you’re collecting soil samples, you’ll get your hands dirty in immersive learning. You’ll spend upwards of 50 per cent of your time engaged in hands-on activities, adding value to your education that simply can’t be achieved in the classroom.

Hands-on, immersive learning

Fully renovated, fully equipped
Fully renovated, fully equipped

Use research-grade equipment in the Cousins Science Centre.

Fully renovated, fully equipped

Fully renovated in 2007 to remain on the cutting edge of technology and equipment developments for years to come, the Cousins Science Centre houses a level of equipment seldom seen at the college or undergraduate level. Students in our environmental sciences and agriculture sciences programs use research-grade labs and equipment, meaning the researchers of tomorrow learn while using the same equipment they’ll use later in their careers. And yes, you almost do have to be a rocket scientist to understand just what our labs contain, including:

  • a mass spectrometer
  • an atomic absorption spectrophotometer
  • infrared autoanalyzers
  • photo-ionization devices
  • and so much more

The building contains 13 labs, eight of which are multifunctional and flexible, and its air system utilizes 33 fume hoods that create negative pressure within the labs for increased safety. The Cousins Science Centre features:

  • three chemistry labs
  • two botany labs with diurnal growth chambers
  • two zoology labs
  • a physics lab
  • a necropsy lab
  • a flume lab
  • a soils room
  • a microbiology suite with two labs and accompanying facilities
  • the Hubbard Wildlife Collection

A hub of collaboration

The Cousins Science Centre isn’t just a state-of-the-art building to study in – it’s a hub of collaboration and hands-on learning. It connects us with all of the other resources we share with industry across southern Alberta, meaning your education is relevant for the workforce of tomorrow. And it’s the starting point of all the field trips and producer visits that you’ll go on as a student in either our Agriculture or Environmental Sciences programs.

Cor Van Raay Agribusiness Case Competition
Cor Van Raay Agribusiness Case Competition

Find the solutions to the challenges facing today’s agribusiness sector.

Cor Van Raay Agribusiness Case Competition

We’ve partnered with the University of Lethbridge to present the annual Cor Van Raay Agribusiness Case Competition, the first of its kind in western Canada. This unique venture was made possible by a $5 million donation by local agricultural entrepreneur Cor Van Raay.

This two-day event is designed to expand your knowledge in both agriculture and business on a global scale. It’s an opportunity to apply the theory you’ve learned in the classroom to develop practical solutions to real-world business problems. You’ll also be able to network with industry professionals, gaining insight into the skills your potentials employers are looking for.

In teams of up to five students, you’ll have four hours to analyze a written case focused on the business of agriculture and develop a solution, followed by just 15 minutes to present that solution to a panel of judges comprised of industry experts, sponsors and faculty. When you return to the classroom on the following Monday, you’ll have a new perspective and the skills needed to face similar high-stakes scenarios in the real world of agribusiness.

Interested in learning more? Check out the competition page on the University of Lethbridge’s website for all the details, including the prize money that’s up for grabs!

Tiffin Conference
Tiffin Conference

Bringing together students, producers and industry experts.

Tiffin Conference

Every year, the Tiffin Conference sells out as more than 350 agricultural producers, business people, students and industry experts come together to discuss the issues important to agriculture, and particularly the red meat industry. This major one-of-a-kind agriculture seminar has been an important platform for discussing the current issues and trends in the red meat industry for nearly two decades.

As a student at Lethbridge College, you’ll not only have the opportunity to attend this event, you’ll be able to contribute directly to it. In past years, our students have helped with pre-conference preparations and have introduced speakers during the conference. The Tiffin Conference brings students to the table, giving you an opportunity to hear from experts in the industry, network with agribusiness professionals and enhance your understanding of the issues facing the red meat industry today.

Ronald Tiffin Agricultural Endowment Fund

The Tiffin Conference is made possible through the Ronald Tiffin Agricultural Endowment Fund administered by Lethbridge College, which was established in honour of Ronald W. Tiffin, who spent his life working in agriculture in both grain and livestock production in southern Alberta. The goal of the endowment is to provide world-class learning opportunities to primary producers, agribusiness and agriculture students.

A word from the wise

“The college gave me the hands-on experience to help me with what I do now.”

From here to there: alumni updates

Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.

Sarah Ethier
Animal Science

Sarah was appointed to the position of genetics technician at Genesus Genetics, a Manitoba-based business which develops and provides quality swine genetics. After completing her studies at Lethbridge College, she attended the University of Saskatchewan and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Agriculture and Bio-Resources degree. She has worked at the Prairie Swine Centre as a summer student and a research technician. In her new role, she will provide ultrasound and technical services to Genesus nucleus and R&D herds, assisting with the coordination and management of research and development projects and tissue sample collection and database in support of the Genesus genomic evaluation program.

– From Fall 2017 Wider Horizons

Alexandra Waldner
Plant and Soil

Alexandra was featured in an article in Germination magazine. The article discussed the post-secondary award she received from the Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada, which she will use to study agronomy at the University of Saskatchewan. She worked for three summers at the Semiarid Prairie Research Centre in the forage and the pulse crop departments. After graduating from the college, she worked with Hytech Production Ltd., whose primary focus is canola seed production and now works at Seed Solutions Seed Lab.

– From Winter 2017 Wider Horizons

Trevor Biemans

The Biemans family, including Lethbridge College alumnus Trevor Biemans, was one of the 17 southern Alberta families recognized by BMO Bank of Montreal and the Calgary Stampede as among the best representatives of the values of the family farmer to our society. Celebrating its 19th anniversary, the BMO Farm Family Awards were created to promote a renewed urban-rural relationship and focus on recognizing the contribution to the enhancement of quality of life as a family unit. Selected families, who best display the qualities of a Farm Family, are brought to the Stampede for the BMO Farm Family Awards.

– From Winter 2016 Wider Horizons

Jeff Bronsch

Jeff has spent his entire career working in irrigated agriculture in southern Alberta. He has worked in both the public and private sectors with the Irrigation Branch of Alberta Agriculture and the Potato Growers of Alberta. The focus of his company, Sunrise AG, is to develop and provide innovative production solutions to irrigated crop production. He is directly involved in remote sensing, land mapping and precision application prescriptions for variable rate fertility, soil amendments, variable rate irrigation and more.

– From Winter 2016 Wider Horizons

Success stories from Wider Horizons

Cousins Building: An inside look

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