Agriculture

Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Horticulture major

QUICK FACTS

Credential:
Bachelor's degree

Duration:
4 Years

Format:
Full time

How to apply

Start date:
January, September 

Location:
Abbotsford campus, Chilliwack campus at CEP

Cost:
(Details)

FEATURES:

  • Practicum provides work experience and industry contacts
  • You get hands-on experience in the Agriculture Centre in Chilliwack, B.C., which features a demonstration barn, research greenhouse, and top-of-the-line agricultural automation and farmwright equipment

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

UFV's four-year Bachelor of Agricultural Science with a Horticulture major helps you develop the perfect mix of technical, communication, and business skills to prepare you to play a leading role in the Fraser Valley's agricultural sector.

In addition to including the core content offered by Horticulture programs in this field (e.g. nursery, greenhouse, vegetable, fruit production and science), the degree has a strong applied focus. Most of the courses are associated with a laboratory section, practical greenhouse work, and/or field trips.

Lab work in Biology, Chemistry, Physical Geography courses provide exposure to laboratory equipment as well as training in report writing and presentations. The Agriculture courses emphasize greenhouse operation, pest diagnosis and treatment, and soil analysis both from a theoretical and practical perspective.

The degree includes the following general requirements:

  • 13 credits of Business, Statistics and Communication courses
  • 21-22 credits of lower-level Science courses
  • a minimum of 8 credits at the lower- or upper-level of “Agriculture in society” electives.

The requirements for the Horticulture Major include:

  • 33 credits of lower-level Agriculture courses
  • 21 credits of upper-level Agrology (Agriculture) courses
  • 14-20 credits of upper-level Biology and/or Physical Geography courses
  • 4-5 credits for one capstone course

CAREER EXPECTATIONS

Graduates of UFV's Bachelor of Agricultural Science have the applied and technical knowledge, as well as the communications and business skills, to fill high demand mid-management and management positions in the agricultural industry.

Job opportunities range from small niche markets to large-scale greenhouses and farm operations, including positions in agribusiness companies, greenhouses, research and testing labs, government agencies, industry associations, consulting firms, parks, nature preserves, botanical gardens, and more.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Direct entry from high school

  1. BC secondary school graduation or equivalent;
  2. Chemistry 12, CHEM 093 or CHEM 110 with a C or better;
  3. One of Foundations of Mathematics 12, Pre-Calculus 12, Principles of Math 12, or Applications of Math 12; or Math 094/095; or Math 096; or Math 110
  4. Biology 11 or BIO 083 with a C+ or better;
  5. Prerequisites for CMNS 125 or CMNS 155.

Entry from Agriculture Technology diploma

The degree is structured to allow a seamless transition for students who complete UFV's two-year Agriculture Technology Diploma (Horticulture Crop Production and Protection option). Sixty credits (out of a total of 78) are transferable from the diploma to the degree.

If you choose to enter through the diploma, you complete the first three semesters and then choose either to complete the diploma or take the degree path.

If you are degree-bound, you complete a lower-level science course (biology) and the statistics course in your fourth semester. If you choose to complete the diploma path, you have the option of picking up these courses (biology and statistics) at your discretion and enter the degree at semester five.

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