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Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Horticulture major

This guide has been prepared with the information you need to successfully register for your first year at UFV. Please review the information provided on this page thoroughly before contacting your academic advisor with questions.



The Bachelor of Agricultural Science (BAS), Horticulture major emphasizes the academic study of the natural sciences in combination with an applied agriculture curriculum. The program will provide you with an understanding of science and the practical nature of large-scale horticulture production. Breadth of knowledge will be enhanced by communication, business, and general elective courses related to agriculture in society, in addition to science and agriculture courses.

Agriculture is big business. With its rich soil, favourable climate and proximity to large markets, the beautiful Fraser Valley stands as one of Canada’s agricultural hotbeds. As a UFV BAS student, you have the opportunity to study at the eco-friendly Agriculture Centre, a new facility that features one of the tallest greenhouses in North America and a spacious demonstration barn.

The degree can be largely completed on the UFV Canada Education Park campus in Chilliwack, although some courses, especially at the upper level, may be offered at the Abbotsford campus only. Practicum may be on off-campus sites.


Co-operative Education (Co-op) is an option within the Bachelor of Agriculture Science degree.

Combining academic studies with paid work terms related to your major is a valuable addition to your program of study and an effective form of professional preparation.


Program structure and requirements

The Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Horticulture major requires the completion of 125 credits.

Where can I find a list of courses for the program?

You can access a list of all approved and required courses for your program in two ways:


First time using MyGRADplan?

Visit MyGRADplan website to get login instructions and review tutorials. Specifically, you will want to learn about the 'What if' and 'Look ahead' features as they will be most helpful in your course planning.



How many courses you take each semester is up to you, but here is what we recommend for first-year students:


3-5 courses per semester


9-18 hours per week in class
if you take 3 classes


And at least
9-18 hours per week
for homework


First-year science courses can be a heavy course load due to the lecture and lab combined in one class. If you are working, you want to make sure to keep a good balance between work and school:

  • Working 10hrs/week > 12 credits max. recommended
  • Working 20hrs/week > 9 credits max. recommended


Suggested course plan (4 years)

Here is an example of what a 4-year degree plan might look like.

Note: Many science courses require that you register in both a lecture and a lab (eg. BIO 111, CHEM 113). You must choose a lecture and a lab at the time of registration in order to add the course to your schedule. Lab sections are indicated with a # sign (A#A, A#B, etc.) in the timetables and are held on campus.


High school upgrading courses

If you are missing a high school level course or did not receive the grade you needed for a course prerequisite, you have the option of taking the equivalent course at UFV.

High school courseUFV equivalent course
Biology 11 BIO 083
Biology 12 BIO 093
Chemistry 11 CHEM 083
Chemistry 12 CHEM 110
Physics 11 PHYS 083
Physics 12 PHYS 093
Pre-calculus 12

MATH 092/093 or 094/095 or 096 or MATH 110 (if PC 12 taken with C or higher grade)


Next steps

Prepare for registration

Watch tutorials, review information on fee payment, important dates, and more.

Explore courses of interest

Find official course descriptions and outlines in the Academic Calendar.

Track your degree progress

Access your program audit & identify the requirements that are needed for graduation.


Still have questions?

Book an appointment with an academic advisor or email your questions to

If you are starting in the fall, book your next appointment prior to the winter registration (October).

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