Sustainable Agriculture and Environment – new for 2018!

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems is proud to announce the approval of the Sustainable Agriculture and Environment major, effective fall of 2018.  This is truly where land and food systems all come together. In the Sustainable Agriculture and Environment program, you’ll be learning how to produce food in a way that protects our soils, water and air, how to manage biodiversity and habitat for the organisms we rely on to help us grow our food, and how to grow food in urban environments. All of which primes you for a professional career in shaping a more sustainable, food-secure future.

Why study Sustainable Agriculture & Environment?

It’s challenging, it’s hands-on, and it’s practical expertise for a world that needs to figure out food solutions. You’ll apply your thinking to a range of environmental challenges, including sustainable crop production, food security, biodiversity, soil and water resources management, and climate change. You can tailor your Sustainable Agriculture and Environment studies to focus on your particular interests, too, whether they’re in agricultural production, integrated agro-ecosystem management, plant science or soil science.

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm is where you’ll integrate real-world experience with your classroom learning, as well as in our rooftop garden and in community gardens across the city. You’ll have opportunities to develop your research skills and build out your competencies through research experience, internships and practicums, co-ops and job placements. Upon graduation you’ll be prepared for professional employment or for further academic study.

Sample Courses

You will need a strong science foundation as a Sustainable Agriculture and Environment student, so you’ll take first-year chemistry, math and biology before moving on to the subject-specific courses. There are too many exciting courses to list here, but some of the learning you can look forward to in this program includes:

  • APBI 210: Vascular Plants
  • APBI 260 & 360: Agroecology | and ||
  • APBI 327: Introduction to Entomology
  • APBI 402: Sustainable Soil Management

To see the complete list of required courses for this program, please consult the UBC Academic Calendar.


If you’re a high achiever, or have a deep and abiding interest in contributing to research, then the Sustainable Agriculture and Environment Honours program just might be the perfect fit. Admission to the Honours program is competitive. To learn more about this option, please consult the UBC Academic Calendar.

Potential Career Paths

LFS graduates in the area of Sustainable Agriculture and Environment will carve out careers in conservation, agricultural production, extension, research, consulting and policy, among others.

Got questions?

If you are a new or current first-year student with questions about planning for or choosing this major for 2018, an academic advisor in LFS Student Services will be glad to help you.

If you’re already in the Food & Environment or Applied Plant & Soil Sciences major and wish to switch to the Sustainable Agriculture & Environment major, please consult the table below to confirm if you’re eligible:

Student Group Eligible to switch to or select Sustainable Agriculture & Environment major? Eligible to remain in or select Food & Environment or Applied Plant & Soil Sciences major?
BSAB students in 2017W, year one, no major declared, will select major 2018W and beyond Yes Yes
BSAB students in 2017W, years 2 and above, major already declared Yes Yes
Newly-admitted students (straight from high school or admitted on transfer from college/university) into BSAB for 2018W and beyond, assigned year 1 standing Yes No
Newly-admitted transfer students into BSAB for 2018W only, assigned year 2 standing and above Yes Yes
Any newly-admitted transfer student into BSAB for 2019W and beyond Yes No

*Current APBI students who wish to switch from either the Applied Plant & Soil Sciences or Food & Environment majors in to the new Sustainable Agriculture major are advised to consult with LFS Student Services or their Program Advisor to ensure they understand the implications of switching.  It is possible that additional lower-level classes will be required to complete the necessary degree requirements.