Agricultural Sciences

Agricultural Sustainability - Courses

CAMPUS:Vermilion Campus
Year 1 Required Courses CREDITS
SU 100 Introduction to Agricultural Sustainability 3
Course outline under development
AN 133 Animal Handling, Welfare and Ethics 3
This course is an introduction to livestock handling and restraint.  Efficient and low-stress handling techniques are presented and demonstrated to promote safety of both the handler and livestock.  Students are required to work with herds and flocks during the lab sessions to gain confidence and proficiency.  Along with discussions on the responsibilities of livestock care providers, the topic of animal welfare is introduced and current issues are debated in class.  Welfare and ethics discussions focus on production issues, but may also include the recreation, research, draft and companion animal industries.
AN 315 Beef Production 3
This course is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of the beef industry in Canada.  The main focus of the course is on beef cow-calf and feedlot operations.  Topics include cattle types, animal handling facilities, feeding management, seasonal activities, genetics and breeding programs, economics, and marketing.  Emphasis is placed on knowledge for employment and enterprise management decision-making.
BI 270 Managing Rangeland Ecosystems 3
Study of rangeland ecology, focus on soil-plant-animal-water interactions in rangeland ecosystems. Basic factors determining survival and competitive strategy of range plants studied. Sound range management strategies designed to ensure ecosystem stability and sustainability emphasized. Considerable time spent in lab learning to key and identify native plants. Prerequisite: BO 120.
BO 120 Field Botany & Plant Taxonomy 3
Native plants and communities of Alberta are studied focusing on general and applied plant botany. Students obtain practical field experience in plant community relationships while identifying, collecting, and preserving plants for further study.  Students spend considerable time learning to use plant keys for taxonomic classification and for identifying plant species and families.
CO 166 Scientific Writing & Computer Applications 3
Explore fundamental approaches to scientific writing. Time spent discussing what constitutes critical content and how that content is effectively organized for variety of documents used in scientific industry. Strategies for efficient technical writing emphasized for laboratory reports, formal technical and scientific reports, abstracts, and other discipline-specific applications.
LA 227 Agricultural Law and Policy 3
This course introduces the learner to select elements of the legal and political environment that plays a significant role in agribusiness.  It provides students with the tools to understand and analyze both current and future agricultural laws and policies.
SC 220 GIS & Remote Sensing 3
Learn Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing and aerial photography concepts. Practice photogrammetry, stereovision and image interpretation, while working with variety of hardcopy and digital imagery products. Use scanners, digitizers and Global Positioning System (GPS) instruments for data input. Gain proficiency with ArcGIS, ArcView and Idrisi GIS software packages in laboratory sessions that emphasize natural resource management applications. Prerequisite: SC 120.
SC 437 Aquatic Habitat Protection 3
This course looks at various human activities known to have an impact on freshwater habitats, and why/how these impacts occur.  Students are also introduced to techniques used to eliminate or minimize the impacts of an activity on freshwater habitat, as well as those commonly used in attempts to restore such habitat where degradation has already occurred. Prerequisite: BI 205. Co-requisite: SC 301.
SO 210 Introductory Soil Science 3
This course provides an overview of soil formation processes and the fundamental morphological, physical, chemical and biological characteristics of soil.  Students gain knowledge of soils through lectures and hands on experience. Students become familiar with The Canadian System of Soil Classification to the Order level and the issues associated with ‘problem soils’.  Prerequisite: none. Co-requisite: SC 200.
Year 2 Required Courses CREDITS
SU 200 Ag-vocacy and Consumer Messaging 3
Course under development
SU 201 Industry Practicum 3
Course under development
AE 230 Farm Financial Management 3
Students learn to use concepts and tools of economics and financial management as they apply to farming. A large part of the course consists of assignments dealing with time value of money principles, economic analysis, financial analysis, budgeting and other management tools.  Assignments use Office 365 programs such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Prerequisite: AE 202.
AN 327 Beef Sustainability and Technology 3
 This course is the final of four beef production courses. This course focuses on applying what is learned in other beef production courses in the program to real life.  Students analyze case studies and make decisions based on their previous knowledge they have learned about the industry and beef production. Emphasis is placed on connecting students to industry personnel through guest lectures and networking opportunities in this course. Prerequisite: AN 315.
CR 160 Plant Science and Field Crops 3
This course introduces the student to basic plant botany and the production of grain and oilseed crops in Western Canada.  The student studies plant physiology, the major plant parts and their role in plant growth and development.  The students discover what the major growth factors are for crops on the prairies and how they can affect these crops.  They combine this with specific best practices for the major grain and oilseed crops of Western Canada.
CR 245 Integrated Pest Management 3
This course is the study of crop pests, their identification, life cycles, effects on crops, and cultural, biological and chemical methods of management.
SC 120 Maps, Air Photos & GPS 3
Introduction to map reading, map contents, coordinate systems and National Topographic System (NTS maps). Practice map interpretation, measurement, and scale calculations, and learn to interpret contours and visualize relief. Compass use and basic field orienteering taught. Aerial photography introduced, emphasis on understanding of annotation, scale, measurement, indexing and purchase of conventional and digital products. Practice stereo viewing, and learn to relate aerial photos to maps at different scales. Global Positioning System (GPS) instruments used for navigation, and learn to collect, differentially correct and upload field coordinate data.
SC 281 Invasive Plant Ecology & Management 3
This course focuses on vegetation management with emphasis on invasive weedy plants. Weed Biology and competitive strategies of these plants are studied in detail. Tools and techniques for control, such as fire, grazing, and herbicides are described for control of invasive plants in native and non-native communities. Students spend considerable time  in lab identifying weed species, seedlings and seeds. Prerequisite:BI 270 & BO 120
SC 362 Wetlands Water Systems 3
This course explores the hydrological functions of the most highly-valued feature on the landscape: the wetland. Students learn how wetlands are key drivers of regional hydrology, water quality, and flood and drought mitigation. Additional topics include contamination remediation, water sampling techniques, and utilizing amphibians as a water quality indicator. Current and emerging management tools including remote sensing are used to examine the hydrological effects of climate change.  Pre/co-requisites: none.
SO 242 Fertility Management 3
This course studies the nutrient requirements mainly for field crop production.  The type of nutrients required by plants, sources of these nutrients, and methods of application are considered.  Emphasis is given to understanding the chemical and physical properties of fertilizers commonly used, availability of nutrients to plants, and the potential for loss of applied nutrients from the soil.  Soil testing and economics of nutrient application are considered. Prerequisite: SO 102.
ZO 245 Wildlife Habitat Conservation 3
This course introduces key concepts required to conserve, mitigate, enhance and manage wildlife habitat in the Prairie Provinces. The habitat requirements of selected species at risk, game species, and non-game species are described such that they can be identified in the field. The status assessment and listing processes under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) are described. Habitat conservation programs, partnerships and agencies are profiled. Regulations and guidelines for mitigating impacts of development on wildlife habitat in Alberta are explored. Wildlife distributions, habitat associations, feeding and foraging strategies, diets, digestive anatomy, and the field signs of selected wild vertebrates are described and distinguished. Students quantify habitat variables, explore disturbance mitigations, and design and implement habitat enhancements during field labs. Prerequisites: BI110 and BO120.
ZO 350 Wildlife Biodiversity 3
Conserving biodiversity requires primary knowledge of the species present. Students learn to distinguish terrestrial wildlife biodiversity of the Prairie Provinces through the comparison of apparent characteristics, ecological and biological attributes and selected calls.  Students develop a pollinator conservation project and learn the survey protocols for selected wildlife species.
What Students Say
With the Student-Managed Farm you learn to be accountable for what you’re doing and the choices you make. You get an understanding of what it’s like to be out in industry or on a farm making decisions that count.

– Anthony Biglieni

Agribusiness Class of 2006

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College has been a integral partner in growing our own through the school of business. As an alumnus of the college, I have first-hand learning experience in the school of business. The professors welcome Servus Credit Union to facilitate classes in the Business Ethics course each year.

– Sandi Unruh

Senior Human Resources Consultant

What Faculty & Staff Say
Vertex has had great experience bringing on students from Lakeland College. We have found the Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) program to provide students with good academic knowledge of the environmental industry and the criteria that governs the land reclamation

– Sean Fuller B.Sc., P.Ag.

Vice President, Environmental Services, Vertex.

What Alumni Say
There is no way I would be where I am today without Lakeland College. It inspired me to be a better person and to get a job in something I love doing. I am so thankful I had such a great experience at Lakeland and I hope future students do as well.

– Danielle Gaboury

Business studies, Class of 2016.

What Students Say
I recommend the UT program to people all the time. The smaller setting Lakeland offers, is very conducive to learning. It's less intimidating than the larger universities and allows for more class interactions and discussions

– Kelly Mykytuk

2nd year UT student, 2017-18

What Alumni Say
Choosing to attend Lakeland College was one of the best decisions that I’ve made in my life so far. The welcoming and friendly Lakeland environment encourages a place of excellence, and fosters the ability to be successful not only in school, but in life.

– Mariah Van’t Hof

University Transfer, Class of 2015

What Alumni Say
I have loved my experience at Lakeland. The teachers are personable, and quick to share about their own experiences. They encouraged me to run with my own ideas and see what would happen; they got excited about my designs, which gave me the confidence to do my best and be more creative.

– Payton Ramstead

Class of 2016, Interior Design student.

What Alumni Say
At Lakeland College you are guaranteed to have time out of the classroom where you can put everything you learned together and actually see that what you’re learning is relevant.

– Alisa Brace

Animal Health Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The friendships I made, the experiences we were provided with, and the welcoming atmosphere of the Vermilion Campus made my time at Lakeland extremely valuable and memorable

– Grayden Kay

Animal Science & Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College was a learning environment unlike any other school. It allows students to learn beyond the classroom, and staff and faculty genuinely want to see students succeed. It’s a place where you can feel comfortable asking questions and where everyone has a place and fits in.

– Carson Reid

Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The instructors were the highlight of my time at Lakeland. It made a huge impact on my college experience to have instructors who challenged, encouraged, and believed in me.

– Jessica Cadrain

Child & Youth Care, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
At the beginning of my first year, I was really stressed out as I felt I had no artistic ability. But with the instruction and time put in by the interior design faculty, I was able to develop my artistic abilities. Now I am fully confident in and exceeding well in the artistic side of this career!

– Naomi Mason

Interior Design Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I just feel like you get the best education at Lakeland, especially from the time that the instructors can actually spend with you. I like the class sizes too – everything’s been great about my Lakeland experience.

– Dean Coulson

Heavy Equipment Technician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I do give Lakeland College credit for reigniting my interest and even preparing me for Miss Rodeo Canada. Lakeland helped me to grow enough to have the confidence to think I could take on that role and become that person. I think that I have and I am really grateful for that

– Ali Mullin

Agribusiness, class of 2014, former Miss Rodeo Canada.

What Alumni Say
I feel the professors at Lakeland actually prepared me for the profession. It’s impossible to be just a number here when there are 12 students in all of your classes. When the school advertised small class sizes, they actually meant it.

– Stephen Mark Visser

Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I was involved in the president’s gala in April where I was an emcee for the evening, it was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun doing it and would recommend it to everyone.”

– Lucas Tetreault

HOPE Power Engineering, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I would recommend Lakeland College for the simple fact that it's for everybody. As a mature student who went back to school much later than his 18th year, I was immediately accepted, and not ostracized in the least

– Donald James Shaw

Accounting Major, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
All the hands-on learning was great and very helpful once placed into the industry. Having clients leave with a smile after each service assured me that I was in the right field of work. I would recommend Lakeland to anyone.

– Courtnee Coolidge

Esthetician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The professors care so much about their students at Lakeland and are able to know each and every one of them by name, so much so that they are able to nominate a ton of students for awards.

– Stephanie Wakefeild

University Transfer, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
They really put you in the lead at Lakeland. Lakeland cares about its students, empowers them, and gives them opportunities to achieve their goals. I don’t see Lakeland as a stepping stone or a first step – I see it as a bridge and an integral part of my education.

– Alyssa Wells

University Transfer, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I wanted to get experience in the field of assessment as it would give me exposure to what it’s like day to day. It was an invaluable experience as I find it hard to imagine what it would be like working in a particular field or area until I’m doing the work.

– Sheldon Farrell

Real estate appraisal and assessment, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
In the campus spa, they give you time to work with each client so nothing is rushed and you’re able to concentrate on providing the best service you can to your client.

– Daphney Couturier

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
It’s going to be a lot easier to start our first jobs having this experience and having been able to build our confidence in the campus spa. I love that we get to have this opportunity.

– Darby Watchel

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Employers Say
Lakeland is a great place to find employees. The college provides real world training that equips soon-to-be employees with knowledge and people skills that are highly sought after in the agriculture industry these days.

– Dustin Dinwoodie

Key Account Manager – Western Canada Arysta LifeScience

What Alumni Say
The hands-on field trips, quality of education i received, professors who are invested in your success, and all the friends I made. I exceeded my academic expectations and I also had a lot of fun. If i had to do it all over gain, i would choose Lakeland!

– Nicole (Audet) Pysh

Class of 2006, Environmental Protection & Class of 2008, Applied Environmental Degree