In their first year, students complete the requirements of either the Horticulture Crop Production and Protection certificate or the Livestock Production certificate before going on to year two. All courses from these certificates apply to the diploma program.
In their second year, students develop additional expertise in their chosen area of practice, learn about sustainable holistic agricultural practices, and explore issues relating to on-farm food safety, quality, and security. Students also develop their writing, business, and marketing skills both by completing coursework and a hands-on enterprise project where they get to develop a business plan for an agricultural venture.
After students have gained two years of experience in the industry, they may wish to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration for Agriculture Management to learn the fundamentals of business management theories and practices and prepare to take up a leadership role in any agribusiness or agricultural agency.
If students have selected the Horticulture option, they may choose in their third semester to transfer their credits to the four-year Bachelor of Agricultural Science. Or students may finish their fourth semester to earn their Agriculture Technology diploma and enter the Bachelor of Agriculture Science in semester five, after they complete pre-requisite Biology and Statistics courses.
Applicants with allergies to dust, pollen, or animal dander should be wary of entering this program. Students should have a strong desire for hands-on work with plants or animals, and be willing to work outside, often in inclement weather. Reasonable physical condition is recommended as students will be asked to participate in tasks that involve standing, lifting, bending, and turning.
Students are expected to be computer literate. This means knowing how to run programs from a Windows environment, and having basic internet, word processing, and spreadsheet skills. Those who do not have these skills are advised to take an introductory computer course before they begin their studies in agriculture.
Students who do not have the required entrance courses may obtain information from UFV on the availability of preparatory courses. Mature students lacking recent preparation are advised to consult with the agriculture department about refresher courses in math, biology, and reading and study skills, etc., well in advance of the program start date.
Students must have their own transportation and appropriate clothing, including steel-toed workboots, and are required to participate in on-the-job training at host farm/business sites without remuneration. To qualify for on-the-job training (practicum), students must be enrolled in the program full-time, with a minimum grade of pass in all the current semester's course work.
Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall and Winter semesters. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.
To begin taking courses at UFV while waiting for a space to become available in this program, students may submit a separate application to take courses as a student in Qualifying Studies.
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.
See the Fees and Other Costs section. In addition to tuition fees, students should budget approximately $1,500 annually for textbooks, field trips, and supplies.
An additional charge is assessed to cover the cost of materials and examination fees for students writing the Provincial Pesticide Applicator's or Dispenser's examination.
Those students intending to complete the diploma in the minimum time (two years) should start in September. Students may start courses in January; however, because of sequencing requirements, students starting in January may have to pick up some of the courses as a part-time student during an extra two semesters. Students should consult with the Agriculture department for more details.
In the Fall semester, courses all run at the Canada Education Park (CEP) campus for 15 weeks. The Winter semester courses run at the CEP campus for 12 weeks, then all qualified one-year certificate and diploma students complete a three-week practicum course (AGRI 192 or 292) at selected host farms/businesses throughout the Fraser Valley. Students must have reliable transportation for the practicum work placements. All practica are done without remuneration.
Each semester, all students take a set of core courses to provide them with background knowledge applicable for all agricultural disciplines. Upon entering a program, students must also select one of the options in the first year: Horticulture Crop Production and Protection, or Livestock Production. In the second year of the diploma program, students who have completed the Horticulture Crop Production and Protection option continue their studies in Horticulture Crop Production and Protection. Students in the Livestock Production option continue their studies in Livestock Production.
First-year students must complete the requirements of either the Horticulture Crop Production and Protection certificate or the Livestock Production certificate before going on to the second year. All courses from these certificates apply to the diploma program.
In semesters III and IV (second year), the selected program option (Livestock Production or Horticulture Crop Production and Protection) determines which courses must be taken.
|AGRI 247||Enterprise Project: Part I||3|
|AGRI 272||Agriculture Seminar Series||3|
|AGRI 311||Sustainable Soil Management||3|
|ECON 100||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|or ECON 101||Principles of Macroeconomics|
|CMNS 251||Professional Report Writing||3|
|In even-numbered years, students specializing in Livestock Production must also take:|
|AGRI 239||Management and Production of Beef, Sheep, and Goats||3|
|In odd-numbered years, students specializing in Livestock Production must also take:|
|AGRI 256||Management and Production of Poultry and Swine||3|
|In even-numbered years, students specializing in Horticulture Crop Production and Protection option must also take:|
|AGRI 321||Vegetable Crop Production: Science and Practice||3|
|In odd-numbered years, students specializing in Horticulture Crop Production and Protection option must also take:|
|AGRI 323||Fruit Crop Production: Science and Practice||3|
|AGRI 212||Introduction to On-Farm Food Safety, Quality and Security||3|
|AGRI 248||Enterprise Project: Part II||3|
|AGRI 292||Practicum II||3|
|AGRI 306||Field Techniques in Pest Management||3|
|AGRI 371||Sustainable Holistic Agriculture: Planning and Practices||3|
|BUS 120||Essentials of Marketing||3|
Contact the Agriculture department for information about transfer possibilities.
Students take specialty courses in their chosen option every semester to prepare them for careers in each of these professional options. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that course selections fulfill graduation requirements. Students not enrolled in the regular full-time sequence are especially urged to consult with the Agriculture department before registering each semester.
All programs require some mandatory work, where students must spend time on campus outside of regular class hours on practical work projects associated with course work. Students may also be required to participate, occasionally, in setting up and staffing educational displays on agriculture for the general public. Students may be required to attend some local industry short courses at their own expense. Class field trips are mandatory, unless students are otherwise advised. These may be held outside of regularly scheduled classes, including Saturdays, and some expenses may be incurred by students.
For all programs, a GPA of 2.00, or the permission of the department, is required for students who wish to register in a subsequent semester.
Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).
Students who decide to audit a course in the Agriculture Technology department must follow UFV's Course Audit policy (108). Auditing students may be required to complete course assignments. Auditing a course will not, however, satisfy graduation requirements.
To be eligible to graduate, students must have completed the Agriculture Technology diploma program with a minimum GPA of 2.00 and a minimum grade of pass in all courses.
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.