1) MINOR IN ECOLOGICAL AGRICULTURE - 24 credits
This Minor program was founded in 1989 by Professor Stuart Hill, as the first university program in the field of Ecological Agriculture in Canada. The program is designed to focus on the principles underlying the practice of ecological agriculture and is suitable for students wishing to farm, do extension and government work, and those intending to pursue post graduate studies in this field.
The Minor can be associated with existing Major programs in the Faculty, but in some instances it may require more than 90 credits to meet the requirements of both the Major and the Minor. Students from other faculties at McGill should first consult first with their own Faculty and the Associate Dean at Macdonald.
Ecological Agricultural Projects is a specialized resource centre on the Macdonald Campus that provides documentary support to students in the Minor.
Students interested in this program should consult their Major Program adviser and the adviser of the Minor in their first year. At the time of registration for their penultimate year, students must declare their intent to obtain a Minor in Ecological Agriculture.
With the agreement of their Major Program adviser they must submit their program of courses already taken, and to be taken in their final year, to the Academic Adviser of the Ecological Agriculture Minor. A form for this purpose is available from the Student's Services office in Laird Hall. The Academic Adviser of the Ecological Agriculture Minor will then certify which courses the student will apply toward the Minor and that the student's program conforms with the requirements of the Minor.
To obtain a Minor in Ecological Agriculture, students must:
1. ensure that their academic record at the University includes a C grade or higher in the courses as specified in the Course Requirements given below, and
2. offer a minimum total of 24 credits from the courses as given in the table below, of which not more than 6 credits may be counted for both the Major and the Minor programs. This restriction does not apply to elective courses in the Major program.
Course Requirements: 24 credits (see table of courses below)
1. Required Courses: 12 credits
2. Complementary Courses: 12 credits.
2) CERTIFICATE IN ECOLOGICAL AGRICULTURE - 30 credits
This Certificate Program is very similar to the Minor Program and is designed to focus on the principles underlying the practice of ecological agriculture. The Certificate may be of special interest to professional agrologists who wish further training, as well as formal recognition that they have completed a coherent program of courses beyond their B.Sc. studies.
Academic Adviser: Prof. J. Henning
Students holding a B.Sc. in agriculture or a related area are eligible to register for this program provided that they are otherwise acceptable for admission to the University. Students who have completed the Minor in Ecological Agriculture are not permitted to register for this program.
To obtain a Certificate in Ecological Agriculture, students must offer a minimum total of 30 credits from the courses as given below.
Course Requirements: (30 credits)
1. Required Courses: 12 credits
2. Complementary Courses: 18 credits.
Courses in Ecological Agriculture
Required Courses: (9 credits)
|AGRI-340B||Principles of Ecological Agriculture||3|
|AGRI-341A||Ecological Agriculture Systems||3|
Complementary Courses: 15 credits (Minor) or 21 credits (Certificate)
A) Choose at least 3 credits from the following:
|SOIL-335A||Soil Ecology and Management||3|
|SOIL-455B||Agroenvironmental Fertilizer Use||3|
B) The remaining credits are chosen from the following list.
|Resource Economics |
Soil and Water Quality Management
Co-op Experience (see Note 3)
Control of Insect Pests
Herbs and Phytochemicals
Pest Management and the Environment
Weed Biology and Control
Ethics and the Environment
Principles of Ecology
Issues in Environmental Science
The Forest Ecosystem
1. Most courses listed at the 300 level and higher have prerequisites . Although instructors may waive prerequisite(s) in some cases, students are urged to prepare their program of study well before their final year.
2. Not all courses are available in any given year. Some are taught in alternate years. Consult departmental listings for full course descriptions and offerings. Course schedules are available on
3) Students using AGRI-491G Co-op Experience towards the requirements of the Minor (Certificate)are limited to an experience on farms or other enterprises that are either organic, biodynamic, or practicing permaculture. The placement must be approved by the academic advisor for the Minor (Certificate)." Registration for the course is during the summer semester with a final presentation in the following fall semester.
4) Both SOIL-335 and SOIL-455 are alternate year courses and their schedule will change over the period 2005-08:
2004-05 - SOIL-445 - Available winter semester
2005-06 - SOIL-335 - Available winter semester
2006-07 - SOIL-445 - Available FALL semester
2007-08 - SOIL-335 - Available winter semester