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Science, Agriculture Technology

Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree, Horticulture major

The Bachelor of Agricultural Science (BAS), Horticulture major emphasizes the academic study of the natural sciences in combination with an applied agriculture curriculum. The program will provide students with an understanding of science and the practical nature of large scale horticulture production. Breadth of knowledge will be enhanced by communication, business, and general elective courses related to agriculture in society, in addition to science and agriculture courses.

The BAS requires 120 credits. To receive a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree, students must complete an industry-based practicum (AGRI 192) and an applied research project (via a Capstone course) which provides graduates with practical experience with which to enter the workforce and face the challenges associated with the horticulture industry.

Entrance requirements

Students may enter directly from High school or transition into the program from the Agriculture Technology diploma, Horticulture Crop Production and Protection option.

Option 1: High school (for students with high school graduation only)

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

Option 2: Students transitioning from Agriculture Technology

Students transitioning from the Agriculture Technology diploma, Horticulture Crop Production and Protection option (or equivalent) must satisfy the Agriculture Technology programs' entrance requirements. Students may also need to complete the prerequisites for BIO 111 and either CHEM 110 or CHEM 113.

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies and/or a meeting with a UFV academic advisor.

When to apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. However, Agriculture Technology diploma students are encouraged to apply to the degree prior to the end of the third semester of the diploma. Applications will be reviewed based on work complete to date.

Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.

How to apply

  1. Apply online at
  2. Applicants will be advised of an admission decision and, if accepted, will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs section). This money will be applied toward tuition fees. Final payment of all course fees is due by the end of the second week of classes.

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section.

Program duration and total number of credits

With appropriate planning, the Bachelor of Agricultural Science requirements (120 credits) can be completed in four years of full-time study. Because upper-level courses are offered on a limited basis, students should seek the help of an Academic Advisor to plan their coursework in advance, in order to complete their degree in a timely manner. The choice of which courses are to be offered each year will be made with reference to the needs of students who have been admitted in the program or have formally declared their intention to complete the degree.


The degree can be largely completed on the UFV Canada Education Park campus in Chilliwack, although some courses, especially at the upper level, may be offered at the Abbotsford campus only. Practicum may be on off-campus sites.

Program outline

To receive a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, students must complete 120 credits to include the general requirements (Business, Statistics, and Communication; Lower-level Science; and Agriculture in Society) and the Horticulture major requirements. At least 45 credits must be at the upper level.

A minimum CGPA of 2.0 in the BAS program, a minimum CGPA of 2.0 in your major, and a minimum CGPA of 2.0 in all upper-level credits is required for graduation.

BAS general requirements

Business, Statistics, and Communication (13 credits)

Course Title Credits
BUS 100 Introduction to Business  
or AGRI 142 Agribusiness Principles  
or ECON 100 Principles of Microeconomics  
or ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
STAT 104 Introductory Statistics  
or STAT 106 Statistics I 4
CMNS 125 Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences 3
GEOG 257/CMNS 257 Environment: Science and Communications  
or CMNS 325 Writing for the Sciences and Technologies 3

Lower-level Science (22-22 credits)

Course Title Credits
CHEM 113 Principles of Chemistry I  
or CHEM 110 Introductory Chemistry 4-5
BIO 111 Introductory Biology I 5
BIO 201 Cell Biochemistry/Metabolism 4
BIO 210 Introduction to Ecology  
or BIO 219/GEOG 219 Biogeography 4
BIO 220 Genetics 4

Note: Students may have to take BIO 112 as a prerequisite for BIO 210, BIO 330, BIO 410, BIO 430 or GEOG 315. Students wishing to take GEOG 353 as an Agrology elective will need GEOG 253.

Agriculture in Society (8 credits)

Course Title Credits
Two or three of the following, for a minimum of eight credits:  
GEOG 311 Global Resources and the Environment 4
GEOG 312 Political Ecology 4
GEOG 313/SOC 313 Agriculture and Rural Life 4
GEOG 314 Geography of Food 4
GEOG 340/GDS 340 Geographies of Poverty and Development 4
GEOG 360 Introduction to Regional and Community Planning and Policy 4
GEOG 364 International Planning and Development Policy: Adapting to Climate Change 4
SOC 260/ANTH 260 Food for Thought: Food, Culture, and Society 3
SOC 360/ANTH 360 Eating and Thinking: Food, Identity, and Power in Global Societies 4
PHIL 318 Environmental Ethics 3
BIO 477/IPK 477 Traditional Ecological Knowledges 4

Horticulture major requirements

Horticulture Technology (33 credits)

Course Title Credits
AGRI 123 Horticulture Skills and Techniques for Fall 3
AGRI 124 Introduction to Horticulture 3
AGRI 129 Horticulture Skills and Techniques for Winter 3
AGRI 163 Pest Biology and Identification 3
AGRI 183 Farm and Equipment Safety 3
AGRI 192 Practicum I 3
AGRI 203 Fundamentals of Pest Management 3
AGRI 204 Introduction to Soils and Soil Fertility 3
AGRI 212 Introduction to On-Farm Food Safety, Quality and Security 3
AGRI 220 Plants in the Landscape 3
AGRI 272 Agriculture Seminar Series 3

Agrology: Agriculture (21 credits)

Course Title Credits
AGRI 306 Field Techniques in Pest Management (see Note) 3
AGRI 311 Sustainable Soil Management 3
AGRI 321 Vegetable Crop Production: Science & Practice 3
AGRI 323 Fruit Crop Production: Science & Practice 3
AGRI 324 Greenhouse Production: Science & Practice 3
AGRI 327 Nursery Production and Propagation: Science & Practice 3
AGRI 371 Sustainable Holistic Agriculture: Planning and Practices 3

Note: Students who have taken AGRI 206 will be considered to have satisfied the AGRI 306 requirement. Students with AGRI 206 cannot take AGRI 306 for further credit and must ensure they satisfy the minimum of 45 upper-level credits required for the BAS degree through their selection of elective courses.

Agrology: Electives (14-20 credits)

Course Title Credits
Four or five of the following:  
BIO 308 Plant Physiology 4
BIO 309 Microbiology I 4
BIO 330 Plants and Animals of British Columbia 4
BIO 360 Insect Biology 4
BIO 407 Applied Biotechnology 3
BIO 410 Plant Ecology 4
BIO 426 Environmental Microbiology 4
BIO 430 Forest Ecology 3
GEOG 303 Environmental Hydrology 4
GEOG 308 Climate Change and Variability 4
GEOG 315 Soilscapes 4
GEOG 318 Water Resources Management 4
GEOG 353 GIS Applications 4

Capstone (3-5 credits)

Course Title Credits
One of the following (see Note):  
AGRI 390 Directed Studies in Agriculture 3
AGRI 490 Directed Studies in Agriculture 3
BIO 421 Special Topics in Applied Biology 4
GEOG 452 Advanced Field Methods and Techniques 4
GEOG 470 Advanced Field Studies in Geography 5
GEOG 484 Directed Studies 4

Note: Specific topics to be approved by the Bachelor of Agricultural Science Program Committee.


Of the 120 credits, 60 credits must be completed at UFV. At least 50% of the upper-level credits in the Horticulture major (including the capstone course) must be completed at UFV.


It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all program requirements are met. This should be done by regular consultation with a UFV Advisor.

All degree candidates must be approved by UFV Advising. Students must apply for graduation by completing the Graduation Request form available at, or from the Office of the Registrar. The final deadline for students who wish to attend the June Convocation ceremony is April 1 of each year, with all program requirements completed by April 30 of each year.

Course duplication

Duplication refers to taking a course more than once.

Under university policy, students may not register for a course more than twice without permission of the department head or designate for the discipline. Where a course has been repeated, only the higher grade is counted in the GPA calculation. See UFV's Course Repeat policy (86).

No more than five upper-level course duplications will be permitted on courses which apply to the BAS. Students with more than five upper-level course duplications will be required to withdraw from the program.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.


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