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Boreal ecosystems and agricultural sciences

We're all a part of the massive boreal ecosystem. We're surrounded by wetlands, forests, Atlantic marine ecosystems, inland waters and sub-Arctic tundra. 

We value and embrace our environment, and want to gain a better understanding through scientific, social and economic lenses. Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, is renowned for its environmental programming that enables students in its programs to draw upon a wide range of faculty with diverse environmental interests. Our master of science in boreal ecosystems and agricultural sciences is a rigorous, hands-on study of resources and agriculture in the context of boreal ecosystems. The program focuses on the science and economics of plant, soil, land, and water resources.

Why study boreal ecosystems and agricultural sciences at Grenfell?

The demand for food and water security and sustainable forestry and agricultural practices is increasing. We've answered the global call for expertise and understanding of our boreal ecosystem. At Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, you'll be provided the opportunity to develop new technical knowledge and management skills, equipped with a strong focus on the science and economics of plant, soil, land and water resources in the context of sustainable boreal agriculture and forestry.  

You'll experience hands-on use of laboratory and field equipment, techniques and protocols in Grenfell's new state-of-the art boreal ecosystems research facility. You'll apply critical thought to community-engaged research and innovation under the supervision of world-class researchers. You'll get real-life experience in a boreal setting.

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Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the master of science (boreal ecosystems and agricultural sciences) program , students will be able to demonstrate:

  • An advanced understanding of the concepts and principles governing boreal ecosystems and agriculture
  • Advanced professional writing skills to allow conceptualization and development of comprehensive research programs, e.g., critical evaluation of scientific literature, formulating research questions, hypothesis development, selection and evaluation of research protocols and methodology; data collection, handling, analysis and interpretation, and as well as dissemination strategies.
  • Ability to conduct independent research projects under controlled and field conditions to answer research questions in areas such as agronomy, plant science, climate change, soil science/microbiology and land & water resources.
  • Understanding, and operational knowledge to carry out analytical activities on both laboratory and field equipment relevant to their area of specialization.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret the factors that can contribute to food security in the context of climate change
  • Ability to apply relevant knowledge, skills and technologies to assess issues and offer solutions to applied and environmental problems related to management of boreal ecosystems, including farming 

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Admission is limited and competitive. To be considered for admission, students should hold a bachelor's (honours) degree, typically in science, agriculture, forestry, engineering, geography or environmental science with at least second-class standing, or equivalent, from an approved  institution or equivalent qualifications and/or experience in environmental science. To apply to the boreal ecosystems and agricultural sciences program click here.

Student Research

We are committed to fostering opportunities for graduate research experiences.  Research is vital to Grenfell Campus, Memorial University and it demonstrates the broad spectrum of our involvment in the community and beyond. Students in the Master of Science (boreal ecosystems and agricultural sciences) program get involved in diverse research working closely with their professors. 

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the program, you'll be equipped with a broad set of skills that will prepare you to work in environmental and agricultural industries and related fields such as:

  • food industry
  • forestry
  • natural resources
  • science education 

Graduate Studies

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A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: FC4021
Phone: (709)639-6585
Email: nsimmons@grenfell.mun.ca

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