Lethbridge College’s Agriculture Technology – Bachelor of Science degree is in the final stages of the government approval process, and it is now accepting applications for Fall 2021.

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Overview

Be ready to grow in Lethbridge College’s new, one-of-a-kind degree program, where you’ll receive a unique agriculture education that combines the fundamentals of plant and soil science, the reality of growing-condition variation, and the application of modern precision agriculture techniques.

If you are interested in what happens next in the world of agriculture, you’ll thrive in Lethbridge College’s Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Technology degree program. As a student, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of plant physiology, soil fertility, crop production and integrated pest management, setting the stage for a better understanding of successful crop production. You’ll go on to learn about the effects of topography and crop nutrient variability and to understand challenges like weeds, pests and water availability. Bringing all these aspects together creates a complex production system that can only be navigated successfully using precision agriculture and data management. This is not an applied degree, but a Bachelor of Science degree comparable to those offered at the large agriculture flagship universities.

Graduates of our new Ag-Tech degree program will be welcomed as members of the ever-growing workforce making a difference at data-driven agriculture companies, at equipment dealerships and as agronomy consultants across North America. Having scientific benchtop training paired with precision agriculture application in the field, our grads will incorporate the science of crop production with the technical ability to observe and record crop development. Students will also be prepared if they choose to move into graduate studies.

Here are a few benefits that set Agriculture programming at the Lethbridge College apart from the rest of the pack:

  1. The support of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA). Curriculum for the BSc degree has been developed in consultation with AIA. Alumni will be eligible to apply for the Professional Agrologist Designation following their required workplace experience after graduation.
  2. A common first-year curriculum. Students take Lethbridge College’s Agriculture Sciences diploma during their first year and then specialize in agronomy, agriculture business or animal science in their second year. There is no time wasted if a student changes specializations in the first year, allowing them to discover the right path for you.
  3. Flexibility. Grads of the Agriculture Sciences diploma program have a wealth of choices awaiting them. For example, Agronomy grads can go straight into the workforce, take another specialization of Agriculture Science diploma or move directly into the BSc degree program. Diploma program grads can also work for a couple years and return to complete the degree later.
  4. A pure science degree. The new Bachelor of Science degree features two full years of science-based training beyond the diploma, and this education is strengthened through applied research partnerships and industry reinforcement. While workplace training is incorporated into coursework, students continue to take courses founded on pre-requisites that prepare them for graduate studies.

Take your Ag education to the next level – and apply today!

Graduates of our Agriculture Technology – Bachelor of Science degree work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Agricultural research
  • Agri-business
  • Agri-services
  • Farm finance
  • Farming
  • Ranching
Starts In: September 2021
Application Deadlines:

For current application status, terms being processed and application deadlines, visit the Program Application Status page.

Duration: 2 years
Transfers:

Credential:  Bachelor of Science

Delivery Format
Blended

A blended course is intentionally designed to include continuum of both face to face/on-campus and online delivery. This includes both synchronous (in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous learning strategies (learning that does not occur at the same time or same place). Communication, instruction and assessment components of a blended course provide consistent information but go further by enhancing and supplementing each other. Students may complete some of their lessons online and may also be required to come to campus.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Technology builds upon the foundation of the existing diploma in Agriculture Sciences - Agronomy major. Instructors from five different disciplines at Lethbridge College will deliver courses, which will be supplemented by external instructors based in the agriculture industry. Together, our faculty will provide an education that meets the breadth and depth of knowledge and experience the industry values.

Year 3 Term I

AGS-3385 Precision Agriculture II                          

ENV-3383 Environmental Soil Physics

IRR-3350 Irrigation Management                           

PLT-3350 Plant Physiology                                     

STS-1155 Descriptive Statistics

Year 3 Term II

AGS-3381 Agriculture Equipment

AGS-3382 Telematics and Sensors                        

CHM-3350 Agriculture Chemistry

PLT-3351 Plant Pathology                                       

RSR-3350 Analytics and Experimental Design   

Year 4 Term I

AGS-4450 Agriculture Issues  

AGS-4483 Harvest Technology                                

AGS-4484 Crop Storage Technology                         

COM-3350 Strategic Consulting                                 

RSR-4450 Senior Project I

Year 4 Term II

AGS-4481 Spraying Technology                               

AGS-4482 Seeding Technology                                 

IRR-4450 Irrigation Technology                                  

RSR-4451 Senior Project II                                         

Elective

Elective Courses

AGS-4485 Livestock Technology                                  

ANT-1195 Cultural Anthropology                                  

BIO-1195 Introduction to Aquaponics Principles

ENV-2280 Containment Management                          

ENV-3397 Environmental Assessment and Auditing    

NAT-1155 Introduction to Native American Studies

New students are accepted into the Agriculture Technology Bachelor of Science degree 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.

Academic Requirements

All applicants must satisfy the following requirements (or equivalencies):

  • Grade 12 math (equivalent to Alberta’s Math 30-2 or a higher-level math)
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30

Students who have completed the Agriculture Science – Agronomy diploma from Lethbridge College will be accepted directly into the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Technology degree program.  A minimum GPA of 2.00 or equivalent is required for admission.

Students who have completed the Agriculture Science – Animal Science or Agriculture Business diploma programs will be eligible for entry following completion of the second year of the Agronomy diploma programming.  A minimum GPA of 2.00 or equivalent is required for Admission.

Transfer students are required to have a diploma in Agriculture Science – Agronomy or equivalent, or a related bachelor’s degree in agriculture. Transfer students with related credentials will be accepted into the program after being assessed on an individual basis to determine whether they are required to take bridging courses to meet degree requirements (with a residency requirement of 50 per cent).  A minimum GPA of 2.00 or equivalent is required for admission. 

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