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Crop Science

You can begin this program at an
off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

Want to contribute to global food security? Learn and apply the science needed to increase local and global food production. Learn how we develop new varieties and protect plants from disease and environmental stresses. Take the opportunity to expand your horizons and learn about alternatives to traditional cropping systems. Try new food and learn how it gets to your plate. Interested in healthier eating? So are we, and you could learn how to improve the quality and nutrition of crops that feed the world.

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Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - Crop Science

  • B.S.A.

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What is Crop Science

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
  • research
  • 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.

Crop Science: Is it for you?

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.

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 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.

Graduates are eligible to receive P.Ag. status for practise in the profession of agrology.

Sample Classes

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.

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.

Crop Physiology

An outline of interrelationships between physiological activity and crop growth with emphasis on energy conversion and analysis of autotrophic growth in an agrnomic environment. Germination, growth integration, flowering and senescence are also to be considered. Physiological responses to environmental stresses such as water, temperature, salinity, nutrients and disease are related to crop productivity.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are well prepared to address major agriculture issues and challenges. A major in crop science provides students with the basic science required to pursue a diverse range of careers throughout the world.

The following list is comprised of only some of the fields in which our grads can work.

  • research technician with government, university or private plant breeders
  • sales and marketing with fertilizer, chemical or seed companies
  • grain marketing and transportation
  • entrepreneur
  • agronomist
  • financial lender


A Stepping Stone

A BSA degree is also a highly useful and marketable background for studies in other areas such as business, communications, marketing, politics, education, journalism or law.

Graduates from these highly-regarded BSA programs also have excellent prospects as Masters students at the U of S and at universities across North America and internationally. An advanced degree in crop science could lead to work in new variety development and biotechnology.

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