Agricultural Sciences

Bachelor of Agriculture Technology - Courses

CAMPUS:Vermilion Campus
ACCREDITATION:Degree
You may choose to specialize on the technological applications in crops or livestock side.
 
You also choose one elective in in humanities, sociology, arts or psychology.
 
Your second year includes two practicum placements. You must also complete a leadership course.
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Year 1 CREDITS
AE 3XX Economics of Precision Agriculture 3
Precision farming and smart agriculture technologies have costs associated with special equipment and time investments. This course will investigate the economic factors in adopting precision farming techniques and specialized technologies and will investigate how precision farming data can be used to manage risk. Students will gain fundamental knowledge in agricultural business, economics, and management to understand and improve integrated technology systems. This course will make use of case studies to analyse the economics of technology adoption.
Prerequisite: AE100 Agricultural Economics
AE 4XX Advanced Farm & Ag Business Management 3
The course prepares students for managerial decision-making by investigating economic models and exploring how the Canadian agriculture economy functions both at a micro and macro level. Agricultural markets are explained with an emphasis on price risk management in commodity marketing. Topics covered will enable the student to draw on analytical tools and previous knowledge to analyze complex business problems in order to provide sound recommendations communicated through a professional report and presentation. The application of block-chain technology to agriculture will also be studied.
Prerequisite: AE230 Financial Management; AE300 Crop Marketing or equivalent
AN 4XX Advanced Livestock Production & Management 3
This course covers extensive and intensive livestock systems and management. Topics include advanced livestock nutrition, genomics, herd health management and forage and grazing systems, and the quantifiable relationships between them. An understanding of integrated resource management as it applies to extensive livestock systems will be developed. On-farm labs will provide learners hands-on exposure to various applications of technology in livestock production and management.
AT 300 Introduction to Emerging Technologies in Agriculture 3
This course will review the evolution and applications of technologies that continue to shape how food and fibre is produced.  Agriculture technology trends such as robotics, sensing technologies, genomics tools, drones, management software, smart packaging, and artificial intelligence will be explored and discussed. This course will introduce and provide an overview of the scientific methods of knowledge acquisition, computer/electronic technologies and data management that improve production and processing of commercial crops and livestock.  The course will also explore emerging career opportunities for agricultural technology specialists.
AT 3XX Sustainable Farm Business 3
Students will study and evaluate the environmental, economic and social pillars in an agriculture business and how emerging technologies, such as smart agriculture and precision farming practices affect farm business sustainability now and in the future. This course will include a significant group project with case study evaluations of adoption of technology that affect the social, economical and environmental goals of farms and business.
CR 4XX Advanced Agronomy 3
This course will focus on advanced agronomics in weed, insect, disease, fertility and precision agriculture. Students will use integrated crop management and economic thresholds to make decisions on pest levels and agronomic practices. An understanding of quantifiable relationships between soil properties, climate, water, fertility levels, varieties, yield potential, and crop quality will be developed. Advanced topics including genetic phenotyping, and predictive pest modelling. Lab time will allow learners to assess the growth and yield effects of various measured variables.
Prerequisite: CR260 Field Crops; SO102 Soils; SO242 Fertility
PA 300 Precision Farming Global Positioning Essentials 3
The course introduces the philosophy, tools and concepts that drive the precision farming cycle. The tools introduced include Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites, sensors, use of position and map based control systems and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) mapping techniques. The installation, trouble shooting and diagnostics of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) is a topic further explored. The evaluation of the factors which cause and correct errors in position determination; and strategies for evaluating the causes of and managing the variability in fields will be covered. Students will explore leading industry hardware and software in two groups, one with a livestock technology focus and one with a crops technology focus, for part of the course and for labs.
PA 3XX Machine Control & Inter-Component Communication Systems 3
In addition to reviewing modern farm machinery, this course will focus on the electronic hardware monitoring and controlling equipment functions. The installation, trouble shooting and diagnostics of control systems such as auto-steer, controlled traffic, section control, auto-feeding, robotics, other sensors and variable rate control equipment are among the topics explored. Students will split into two groups, one with a livestock equipment focus and one with a crops equipment focus for part of the course and for labs. The livestock sections will cover silage and haying equipment, as well as automated feeding systems, automated milking, automated handling, weigh scales, “GrowSafe” technologies and other electronic livestock equipment. The course will also explore how data from multiple pieces of equipment are integrated for decision-making purposes.
 
Prerequisite: PA300 Precision Farming
PA 311 GIS for Agriculture Decision Making 3
This course introduces the students to both traditional geographical information systems (GIS) and agriculture industry software as decision-making tools. Learners will explore and use leading industry software in lab settings. Methods for managing and analysing large amounts of production, management and spatial data will be introduced. Layering, mathematics, introductory code writing, and spatial statistics will be used to map field profitability, create management zones and to aid production decision-making. Learners will make professional map based reports of field attributes and map based plans for a college field.
 
Prerequisite: PA300 Precision Farming
PA 412 Remote Sensing for Decision Making 3
This course will introduce the science, tools and software used in remote sensing of agricultural, cropping, livestock, and processing operations. As well, the vast array of real time sensor applications, sensors used on satellites, aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) will be described. The value of spectral imagery and plant indices will be explained. Remotely sensed data will be analyzed to evaluate crop variability and health. The role of remotely sensed data in developing prescriptions for precision farming operations will be investigated. Hands-on exposure to the use of sensors and the data they produce will be delivered in the course labs.
Prerequisite: PA300 Precision Farming
Elective in Humanities, Sociology, Arts, Psychology
This course should be in one of these subject areas:
  • the Humanities – English & History
  • Education
  • the Arts
  • Social Sciences.
 
A list of suggested courses currently offered by Lakeland or approved for Lakeland students by another institution will be available from the academic advisor.
 
As well, you  can ask for approval for an option not on the list. The program head and the agriculture academic advisor provide that approval.
 

Electives

To broaden perspective and critical thinking skills, you're required to complete a 3-credit course unrelated to agriculture, agriculture technology or the biological, physical or chemical sciences.
 
This elective should be in one of these subject areas:
  • the Humanities – English & History
  • Education
  • the Arts
  • Social Sciences.
The elective could be a distance-education class offered by Lakeland College or by another institution.
 
A list of suggested courses currently offered by Lakeland or approved for Lakeland students by another institution will be available from the academic advisor.
 
As well, you  can ask for approval for an option not on the list. The program head and the agriculture academic advisor provide that approval.
 
You are encouraged:
  • to check course prerequisites
  • to work with your academic advisor and program head on timetabling and other course requirements.

About Practicums

  1. Student placements will include work settings at agriculture data companies, technology and equipment manufacturers, agriculture equipment dealerships, crop input service providers, private agronomist service companies, crop and livestock service centers, farms, breeding and genomic companies, and other related agriculture industries.
  2. All placements will have a focus on smart agriculture and/or related agriculture technologies
  3. Practicums provide opportunities for students to network and forge strong connections with colleagues and gain a greater understanding of their strengths in the field.
  4. Practicums are project and/or skills based. Students are matched with a workplace mentor/supervisor and are supported by a program faculty member.
  5. Practicum placements may lead to full time employment with an organization after graduation.
Your practicum can start as early as May (the end of your 2nd semester of 1st year).
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Year 2 CREDITS
AT 3XX Innovation Leadership in Agriculture 3
Students will analyze historical and current theories in leadership and practices in preparation for selecting appropriate leadership strategies in helping organizations achieve their vision and goals. Focus will be on students developing advanced communication, interpersonal, team building and critical thinking skills as core to leadership development. Students will also practice problem-solving skills such as analytical skills, deductive reasoning, organizing complex thoughts, and presenting solutions. Students will apply individual leadership style and competencies to agriculture work-place scenarios (industry collaboration & mentorship).
ATPR 400 Practicum I 15
Provides approximately 55 days of work experience with a focus on real world application of the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the course of the program. In cooperation with leading industry partners. Practicums are designed to give students supervised practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Students will apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies and will implement personal and interpersonal skills to strengthen performance in the workplace and to make a successful transition to the workforce. All placements will have a focus on smart agriculture and/or related agriculture technologies
ATPR 411 Practicum II 15
  • This practicum is a continuation of ATPR 400 Practicum 1, with the same industry partner. In certain cases, depending on the nature of the work and project, students may chose to complete their practicum in more than one workplace setting (eg. if the work is repetitive in nature or is completed in a shorter
    time frame).
  • Provides approximately 55 days of work experience in which the students will continue to apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies and will continue to practice personal and interpersonal skills to strengthen performance in the workplace.
  • A major final written report and seminar presentation are required upon completion of the work experience placement(s).

Most practicums will be with the same industry partner. However, depending on the nature of the work and project, you may chose to complete your practicum in more than one workplace setting.
 
After your second practicum, you'll spend 10 days to 2 weeks on campus completing your capstone report and presentation. The practicum coordinator will mentor and guide you.
 
Capstone presentations will be open to:
  • industry
  • the college community
  • the public
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