Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences - Agroecology
School of Agriculture & Food Sciences

Program description

Agroecology specializes in the management and conservation of our natural and agricultural resources. Agroecologists develop environmentally friendly weed, insect and disease controls and also help farmers conserve their land and protect Canada’s wildlife and water supply.

The Bachelor of Science (Agroecology) is the ideal program for students with a passion for our planet. Students will learn the biological and physical components of ecosystems, and how to achieve economically sustainable agricultural production while conserving resources and maintaining the integrity of our ecosystems.

Program options

Degree options

B. Sc. Bachelor of Science (Agroecology) - 4 years

Minor options

  • Animal Systems
  • Entomology
  • Food Science
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Soil Science
  • Programs in other faculties

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

 Interesting courses

  • Community Ecology
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Organic Crop Production
Co-op programs
The Cooperative Education option integrates the student’s academic study with practical work experience in industry, government and the farming profession. To obtain the co-op designation, you must complete three 4-month work terms. Two of these can be during the summer. This program option will extend your degree time by one semester (slightly longer if a student takes more work terms in winter).

Exchange and travel opportunities
Exchange opportunities exist for agriculture students to study abroad in countries such as Sweden, Mexico, France, the U.S., China and India.

Professional opportunities

  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Wildlife Manager
  • Environmental Consultant

The graduates are prepared for a wide variety of careers in industry, government and non-government organizations.

Degrees in Agroecology are very common in the U.S. and Europe, and are becoming more widely known in Canada. Employers now recognize a B.Sc. in Agroecology as an invaluable asset.



Admission requirements

Visit the Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) Agricultural and Food Sciences application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.



What is unique about this program at the U of M?

Environmental issues have never been more important; from rising fuel costs to endangered wildlife, from weather disasters to global warming the need for professionals in this area is inevitable .

In their final year, Agroecology students complete a major research project, where they can choose their own subject. Students may choose to complete a laboratory study, field collection analysis and interpretation, or a review of policy and regulation. The project not only sets this degree apart, but it provides students with a completed report to show prospective employers.

Agroecology students at the University of Manitoba also benefit from the university’s ties with the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment, home to the longest-running organic farm trial in Western Canada.

Important links

Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
Agroecology Website
Graduate Studies Options