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

Program description

Agronomy is the study and practice of field crop production, and the management of land and water resources. It aims to meet the demands of producing food, feed, fuel and bioproducts while maintaining a sustainable environment.

The Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) in Agronomy teaches students how to manage land for crop production. Students explore soil and landscape fundamentals, soil and water management, cropping systems, crop physiology and the biology of seed plants. Our program explores agronomy around the world, but places an emphasis on Western Canada.

Program options

Degree options

B.Sc. Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) in Agronomy – 4 years

Minor options

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

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Crop Production
  • Soils and Landscapes in Our Environment
  • Crop Protection Entomology
  • Principles of Ecology

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 you take 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
  • Research Technician
  • Crop Production Specialist
  • Grain Buyer
  • Agricultural Marketing and Sales Rep

Note: Graduates have pursued rewarding careers in the crop protection, fertilizer or seed industry, crop consulting, or with a grain company, agribusiness, government agency or teaching institution. Other students choose to return to a family farm, or start up an agronomy business of their own.

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?

The Agronomy program at the University of Manitoba is located in one of the most important crop production centers in Canada. Students also benefit from extensive faculty expertise in sustainable crop development, production and management, entomology and soil science.

Research facilities at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences include the Glenlea Research Station, the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment, the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm in Carman, MB, the Canadian Wheat Board Centre for Grain Storage Research, the Cereal Research Centre of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, and the provincial Agriculture Services Complex.

Important links

Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
Bachelor of Science (Agronomy)
Graduate studies in Agricultural and Food Sciences