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Agricultural Biology provides students with a comprehensive background in the life sciences and the ability to apply scientific principles to biotechnology, wildland ecology and management, physiology and behaviour of domestic animals, genetics and evolution.
The Agricultural Biology major combines theoretical biological principles with the more applied agricultural science knowledge.
Course work will stress situations that are relevant to the flora, fauna and agriculture of Saskatchewan. Closely associated with the university are government and private research institutions with considerable expertise in biotechnology, weed, plant disease, insect pest management, and wildlife (especially waterfowl) ecology. These institutions provide, through their student employment programs, major opportunities to gain experience in these areas.
Because of the flexible nature of the program, it is possible for students to choose a major in Agricultural Biology combined with a minor in a related area such as Animal Science, Food and Bioproduct Science, Biotechnology, Field Crop Production, Horticulture or Applied Plant Ecology.
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 students to get to know their instructors and fellow students and to build a network of personal and business contacts.
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.
AgBio has one of the campus’s most active and spirited student bodies. Students can join the Agricultural Students’ Association or an interest group such as the Stockmen and Rodeo Club, Range Team, Dairy Team, Canadian Agri-Marketing Association Student Chapter, Horticulture, Resource Management, or AgBizz Clubs.
Graduates are eligible to receive P.Ag. status for practise in the profession of agrology.
The Living Plant
Will examine the organization of the plant body and how cells, tissues and organs function and contribute to growth, development and reproductive success. The course will deal broadly with plant biology, emphasizing flowering plants, and providing the foundation for senior courses on plants.
Animal Body Systems
Will study the problems all animals overcome in order to survive and reproduce, and the different body systems that must deal with both unique and common environmental challenges.
Genes to Genomics
Content ranges from Mendelian genetics to computational procedures based on the complete genome. Examples from eukaryotic species, including humans, are emphasized. Topics include classical transmission genetics, cytogenetics, DNA structure and replication, gene function, mutation and repair, regulation, recombinant DNA technology, and structural, functional and comparative genomics.
This program is designed to prepare students for diverse career choices in government, non-government organizations and the private sector including:
- technical assistants in basic biological science research projects, applied government, or university studies, and private agricultural-biotechnological companies like Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada. These projects often include both laboratory and field components
- extension agrologists
- field and aquatic biologists
- sales representatives
Moreover, the emerging biotechnology industry will require a wide range of people with an understanding of science to manage growth in this area. Many companies (e.g. Dow Agrisciences Canada Inc., Philom Bios Inc., Bioriginal Food & Science Corporation, Performance Plants Inc., Vaccine & Infectious Disease Organization and Prairie Plant Systems) recruit employees who have a background in agriculture and who are knowledgeable in the applications of biotechnology.
Suitably qualified graduates may proceed to post-graduate studies leading to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. These individuals will be able to develop careers as independent researchers in government and private laboratories, as academics within the university and technical college system, and as entrepreneurs.
A B.S.A. degree in Agricultural Biology is an extremely useful and marketable starting point for studies in other areas such as business, communications, education, international studies, finance, journalism, law or politics.