Lethbridge Faculty launches new Bachelor of Agriculture Science diploma program

College students finding out Agriculture Science at Lethbridge Faculty have flexibility in relation to their academic path. College students within the two-year diploma program have a typical first-year curriculum, earlier than selecting to main in Agriculture Enterprise, Agronomy or Animal Science within the second 12 months. College students might then select to earn an extra diploma with only one further 12 months of examine, or they could select to pursue a Bachelor of Agriculture Science diploma with two extra years of examine.

Along with idea and classroom-based studying alternatives, Agriculture Science college students in each the diploma and diploma applications have many utilized studying alternatives as nicely, together with working with the college-managed Alberta Irrigation Know-how Centre and analysis collaborations with Farming Smarter.

Dr. Samantha Lenci, Lethbridge Faculty Provost and Vice President, provides that this new diploma choice “helps the present and future path of programming of the school that encompasses trades to levels.”

“This new diploma will hyperlink our tutorial program with our expanded agriculture analysis on particular crops and irrigation which are particular to southern Alberta, creating a superb studying alternative for college kids,” provides Dr. Terry Kowalchuk, Dean of the Centre for Know-how, Surroundings and Design. “We’re additionally excited in regards to the sturdy concentrate on enterprise and communication expertise, in addition to the connection college students will make with our group and trade companions as they work to finish the diploma. We are able to’t wait to welcome college students to this new program this fall.”

College students pursuing the Bachelor of Agriculture Science program can even have alternatives to be concerned in hands-on utilized analysis by way of the Centre for Utilized Analysis, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Built-in Agriculture Know-how Centre. With main researchers in irrigation, agricultural engineering expertise and aquaponics, Lethbridge Faculty college students will be capable of work intently with trade on real-world points.

“Business is asking for a brand new graduate,” says Byrne Cook dinner, chair of the Faculty of Agriculture. “There’s a demand for fundamentals in plant and soil science mixed with a robust understanding of data-driven agriculture. Yearly there may be new sensible agriculture expertise and alternative.”

Cook dinner provides: “Our college students may have the scientific background to not solely handle and adapt these geospatial instruments and sensors to particular manufacturing settings, they can even decide return on funding. Utilizing the newest interpretive instruments graduates will prescribe options to soil, moisture, pest, fertility, topography and crop rotation variability. This mixture of data in agronomy and information evaluation will create a graduate distinctive to Western Canada.”

Lethbridge Faculty has supplied agriculture training since 1965. Earlier graduates of the school’s Agriculture Sciences applications are eligible to enrol within the Bachelor of Agriculture Science program for Fall 2021. To study extra, go to lethbridgecollege.ca/AgScienceDegree.

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