Why major in Crop Science?

Become a leader in the agricultural industry with a major in crop sciences. This program focuses on the areas of plant growth, soils and factors affecting plant production. You’ll gain knowledge and practical skills in plant biotechnology, breeding and production management techniques used to develop, grow and market high-quality and high-yield crops. Courses and assignments prepare you to respond to economic situations, market demands, environmental constraints and societal expectations. Graduates can pursue accreditation as a professional agrologist (P.Ag.).

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Featured Courses

Current Economic Issues for Agriculture and Food (AREC 200)

Applications of economic principles to problems and current issues relating to agriculture, food and the environment.

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Exploring Field Crop Agronomy (PL SC 210)

Introduction to basic agronomy of western Canadian field crops. Students will experience agronomic practices, crop equipment and technology hands-on. Extended field trip prior to the start of classes.

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Invasive Alien Plants: Biology and Control (PL SC 352)

Biology and ecology of invasive alien species in cropped, disturbed, and natural environments. Methods of control of weedy species, including biological, cultural, mechanical, and chemical and an introduction to the herbicide mechanism of action and environmental impacts.

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Genetic Improvement of Crop Plants (PL SC 365)

An introduction to the basic principles and concepts applied for the genetic improvement of crop plants. This will also include different plant breeding methods and tools used for the development of crop cultivars.

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Feature Careers

Soil scientists study the composition, distribution, development, and behaviour of soils. They look at the interaction of soils with organisms, animals, plants, and the atmosphere. They manage soil resources for agricultural production, and to protect water resources and the environment. Average salary: $100,617

Agrologists offer advice and services related to agricultural and environmental science and technology. They apply scientific principles to the cultivation, production, use and improvement of plants and animals, and to the management of associated resources. Agrology is a regulated profession in Alberta. Graduates from the BSc in Agriculture are eligible to become a Professional Agrologist (P.Ag). Average Salary: $82,405

Source: Government of Alberta, Occupations in Alberta



  • Agricultural Specialist
  • Agrologist
  • Agronomist
  • Crop and Livestock Producer
  • Plant / Animal / Soil Scientist
  • Production Specialist
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Soil Scientist

Check out the U of A's Agriculture Career Guide for more options.

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