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Organic Agriculture

Get ahead of the curve

Get a head start on an agricultural degree with the Certificate of Specialization in Organic Agriculture. You'll have the opportunity to specialize in the expanding area of organic agriculture.

There are also opportunities for self-employment on smaller farms that might not be profitable under conventional production.

All of the courses within the certificate are available only online. Students will have 3 years to complete this certificate.

If you are not currently a Dalhousie Student, please go to Applying for Undergraduate Studies and apply as a Faculty of Agriculture Undergraduate then choose the "Special Undergraduate" option. Once accepted, you will receive a letter and information on how to register for the upcoming courses.

Supplies/materials for the course can be ordered through our on campus bookstore. Please contact the bookstore for pricing information: bookstore.dac@dal.ca

Certification eligibility

You can apply to receive a Certificate of Specialization in Organic Agriculture if you have an overall average of at least 60% in four of the eligible organic agriculture credit courses. Complete the completion certificate application form [PDF] to receive the certificate.

AGRI 2000 - Transition to Organic Agriculture (Fall)
ENVA 2002 - Composting and Compost Use (Fall)
HORT 2001 - Principles of Organic Horticulture (Fall) 
AGRN 2000 - Organic Field Crop Management (Winter)
ANSC 2004 - Organic Livestock Production (Winter)

You may substitute two of the courses with approved organic courses offered by external institutions. These alternate courses will be taken on a Letter of Permission.

Course Fees

Tuition is $750/course

An additional Distance Education Course Fee of $45 is charged for all distance education course sections.

*Please note that tuition and student fees are subject to change each year

Other institutions offering approved courses 

  • Key Indicators of Agroecosystem Sustainability - University of British Columbia 
  • Organic Crop Production on the Prairies - University of Manitoba
  • Organic Marketing - University of Guelph
  • Weed Control in Organic Agriculture - University of Saskatchewan

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