First Steps

Where to begin?

  • Start to build your schedule: Familiarize yourself with the course and program catalogue to research the classes you need for the program you are interested in.
  • Check out U-Start: U-Start is a pre-orientation to help new USask students prepare for university.
  • Sign up for a Learning Community: A Learning Community (aka LC) is a small group of first-year students who meet for one hour a week as a group guided by two successful upper-year student peer mentors.
  • Register for classes: Know your registration date and ensure you are ready to register.
  • Get connected at USask Orientation: Orientation is your official welcome to the University of Saskatchewan and a great opportunity to learn about services available on campus, win prizes and make new friends.
  • Get involved in Agbio: Explore all the clubs and opportunities in the college to enhance your AgBio experience. Don’t forget to attend our annual club day!

Helpful Videos

AgBio Program Planning

Transfer to AgBio

Advice from Fellow Agros

Learning Communities

What are they and should I sign up?

Your Agbio Learning Community: In your Agbio Learning Community weekly sessions (LC hours), you will work with other first-year students and successful upper-year students (peer mentors) to prepare the soil of your mind and manage the crop of knowledge planted in your classes to ensure a high yield. By spending an hour a week developing your approach to learning and applying what you learn from each LC to studying your course material, you’ll grow a bumper crop.

Benefits of joining a LC:

  • Develop the skills you need to succeed in your new academic environment
  • Adapt to university expectations and campus life
  • Connect with students, alumni and professors who share common interest and/or goals – your academic social network

Another great Learning Community option for AgBio students is the Indigenous Student Achievement Pathways (ISAP) program. ISAP is committed to Indigenous student achievement and offers:

  • Popular first-year courses, including interdisciplinary electives
  • Small class and cohort sizes (usually a maximum of 30 students)
  • Dedicated and culturally responsive instructors
  • Peer mentorship and social connection — a community for learning
  • Personalized advising through the Trish Monture Centre for Student Success
  • Subject-specific tutorials to build academic skills
  • Financial advocacy and bursaries
  • Support with inter-college transfers, professional college admissions, and career preparation
  • ISAP celebrations and cultural engagement throughout the academic year
To sign up for ISAP today, contact tmc@artsandscience.usask.ca.

Academic Advice

Meeting with AgBio Student Services

Academic advisors are here to: 
  • Provide advice and guidance to students throughout their first year of study in the College of AgBio
  • Help students strategically choose their major
  • Advise on college regulations and university policies
  • Ensure students satisfy promotion and graduation standards
  • Assist students facing academic difficulty
  • Advocate for appropriate resources for students
  • advise incoming and outgoing Study Abroad exchange students
  • Provide advice and guidance to transfer students
  • Provide culturally sensitive guidance and support to Indigenous and International students

For general inquiries, contact agbio.studentservices@usask.ca.

Participate in virtual Coffee Row with academic advisors!

Student Resources and Services

  • Familiarize yourself with PAWS: PAWS is where you’ll find information about registration, tuition and fees, scholarships, textbooks and more.
  • Your Usask email: The university and the College of AgBio will stay in contact with you through this email. Check it regularly for all the updates and announcements.
  • Download the USAFE app: features emergency contacts, safety tips, personal safety tools and maps
  • University Library:
  • Student Wellness Centre: Offers urgent and non-urgent physical and mental health care to USask students and their spouses and children.
  • Student Learning Services:
    • Attend a workshop
    • Book an appointment or find a tutor
    • Become a Peer Mentor
    • Find Online Resources
  • Student Central:
    • Information about finances, registration, academic life and more
    • If you have a question and don’t know who to ask, start here
    • Located in the lower level of the Administration Building

Choose Your Major

If you are an undeclared student in the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.S.A.) or the Bachelor of Science in Renewable Resource Management (B.Sc. RRM) degree programs, you will need to choose which program you would like to major in by the end of your first year. During your first year classes, you will get to know the programs to help decide which major is best for you.

  • Research your major options.
  • Don’t hesitate to meet with an academic advisor if you have questions regarding your major declaration. Contact agbio.studentservices@usask.ca.
  • The Choose Your Major event takes place early in the winter term. You will get to meet with upper year students to ask why they love their chosen major, ask questions about job opportunities and discuss minor options. 

Choose Your Major Virtual Event 2021

In 2021, the Choose Your Major Event is going online! If you weren't able to attend a live online session, you can watch the recordings here:

Clubs and Culture

  • Get involved and make new friends!
  • Compete in AgBio Challenge, an industry sponsored and judged competition where students present on a topic after 72 hours to gain cash prices.
  • Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists (SIA)
  • Find your home away from home in one of our many clubs:
    • Agriculture and Bioresources Students’ Association (ASA)
    • USask Stockman’s Club:
      • Beef Team
      • Dairy Team
      • Judging Team
      • Rangeland Team
    • USask Rodeo Team
    • AgBizz Club
    • Canadian Agri-Marketing Association (CAMA) Saskatchewan Student Chapter 
    • Environmental and Bioresouces Student Association (EBSA)
    • Environmentalists for Agriculture
    • Food and Bioproduct Sciences Student Club
    • USask Horticulture Club

Networking and Career Building

  • Participate in the Agriculture and Bioresources Career Fair in fall term.
  • Come out to interactive workshops and networking events offered through the RBC Learn to Work, Work to Learn program.
  • Connect with industry through your courses, events and your professors to find summer employment early on—this can lead to continuous employment throughout your studies and potentially into your career.
  • Attend available workshops on how to build your resume, interview preparation and how to network with industry to find your perfect job.
  • Prepare to take the AGRC 445: “Experiential Learning in the Workplace course in your upper years of studies.
  • Connect with the Student Employment and Career Centre on campus.

The Agbio Difference

  • Incredible research facilities in and around the college that allow students access to cutting edge research and the ability to work in the facilities to gain hands-on experience.
  • Some of the College of AgBio research centres and facilities include:
    • Beef Research and Teaching Unit
    • Bioprocessing Pilot Plant
    • Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility
    • Poultry Research and Teaching Unit
    • Prairie Swine Centre
    • Indigenous Land Management Institute
    • Canadian Feed Research Centre
    • Crop Development Centre
    • Crop Development Center Breeder Seed Facility
    • Crop Science Field Facility
    • Feeds Innovation Institute
    • Agriculture Greenhouses
    • Horticulture Facility
    • Meat Processing Pilot Plant
    • Northern Agroforestry and Afforestation
    • Prairie Aquaculture Research Centre

AgBio Student Testimonials

Always be open to meet new people! The College of Ag-Bio and the whole university is such a great place to meet people from all walks of life. Talk with your neighbor in each of your classes or say hello to someone new in the student lounge. Being friends with students, staff, and faculty will build communities for you that last the rest of your life.

-David MacTaggart, B.S.A. Crop Science ’20 (Lacombe, AB)

“The College of Agriculture and Bioresources has inspired me to become a lifelong learner. I have made some of my closest friends during my time as an Agro and will forever be thankful for the community environment that the College of AgBio provides. Through the study abroad program, I was able to complete a semester of my degree in the Netherlands. This experience provided me with an entirely new perspective of the global agriculture industry and the cultures and traditions that are rooted in food production.”

- Amy Carruthers, B.Sc. Agribusiness ‘20 (Paradise Hill, SK)