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Bachelor of Digital Agriculture Degree

Applications Open: October

Length of Program: Four Years

Program Status: Open

Lead change in regenerative agriculture and tackle global sustainability issues with our new Bachelor of Digital Agriculture degree. With a focus on leadership and management, this four-year program explores solutions to real-world problems using digital agriculture technologies and practices that are centered on sustainability, including social, economic, and environmental impacts. 

Through a combination of classroom, project-based and work-integrated learning, you will gain foundational knowledge and understanding of dynamic leadership, problem-solving, entrepreneurial thinking, agriculture technologies management, agronomy and data sciences. These skills and knowledge allow students to realize the social, economic, and environmental objectives of sustainability.

Tapping into the Smart Farm at Olds College of Agriculture & Technology, you will receive instruction from world-class leaders in agriculture, automation and artificial intelligence within the agri-food industry. 

From making ethical recommendations for crop management, animal production, soil management, pest management, and environmental stewardship, to installing, calibrating, troubleshooting and repairing precision agriculture hardware and equipment — the new Bachelor of Digital Agriculture program will prepare you to lead the way in the agri-food industry upon graduation.

Work-Integrated Learning: Between your third and fourth year, you will be required to complete a four-month (400 hour) industry internship where you will gain practical experience, while developing your skills in leadership, project management and data informed decision making. 

Program Intake: Fall Intake (September program start)

Applications Open: First Wednesday (9 a.m.) of October

Length of Program: Four Years

Method of Delivery: On-Campus

Credentials: Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a Bachelor's Degree in Digital Agriculture.

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Apply and receive $1,000 tuition credit!

Apply to the Bachelor of Digital Agriculture program at Olds College of Agriculture & Technology before March 31, 2023 and receive $1,000 tuition credit for Fall 2023 enrollment. *See details below.

*To be eligible, you must have submitted an application into the Bachelor of Digital Agriculture program by March 31, 2023, and have paid your tuition deposit within 30 days of receiving an offer of admission. Both domestic and international applicants are eligible. Full-time and part-time employees of Olds College are ineligible, however, contract employees are eligible. No cash value. Tuition credit cannot be transferred to another student or program at Olds College, or reimbursed should you withdraw from the program.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants to this program will be admitted on a first qualified, first admitted admission process. A minimum admission average of 65% is required and is calculated with the subjects below.

  • 60% or better in English 30-1
  • 60% or better in Math 30-1 or 30-2
  • 60% or better in a course from Group A
  • 60% or better in a course from Group A or B
  • 60% or better in any 5-credit grade 12 course (excluding Special Projects courses), or a combination of two 3-credit grade 12 courses, or 5 credits of advanced career and technology courses (Group C).

Group A

  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30

Group B

  • French 30
  • French 31
  • French Language Arts
  • All other languages 30
  • Social 30
  • Aboriginal Studies 30
  • Math 31
  • All of the above; OR, 2.7 GPA (72-76%) or better, in a two year diploma or degree (60 credit) from an allied program area.

Pathways/Transitions

  • Agricultural Management and Land and Water Resources students are eligible to receive credit for up to four courses.

  • Precision Agriculture students are eligible to start in the second year of the degree program, receiving full-transfer credit of 10 courses, and complete the degree in six semesters.

Academic Upgrading and High School Applicants: Applicants currently in high school or who are completing academic upgrading must submit proof of enrollment and any available interim/midterm marks. Final marks must be submitted within one month following the completion of the course(s) and no later than one month prior to the program start date.

Transfer Options: Olds College has developed agreements with other educational institutions to allow for transition to Olds College, or to another institution to continue your education. Articulations & Agreements

Out of Province Applicants: Please refer to the Provincial Equivalency Chart for course equivalencies.

International Applicants: Olds College welcomes applications from International Applicants and those who have completed their high school education outside of Canada. Please note, it is still necessary to meet all of the noted admission requirements, including English Language Proficiency.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition: $6,100 / Fees: $1,400 / Books & Supplies: $1,250

Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for complete details.

* Please note that international students pay 3.5 times the domestic tuition amount. These fees are provided as estimates only for the purposes of budgeting. All students should refer to the Fee Schedule for the most accurate information and all fees are subject to change.*

Tuition, Fees & Payments

Scholarships & Student Awards

Olds College offers over 450 awards, valued at $500,000+ in scholarships, bursaries and prizes. Thanks to our industry partners, alumni, and friends of Olds College we are fortunate to offer a generous student awards program to students.

For additional information on scholarships, bursaries and prizes at Olds College, visit Scholarships & Awards

Entrance Awards Available!

Entrance awards range from $250 - $1500 for students applying for the upcoming academic year and have paid the tuition deposit by the deadline.

Awards are selected randomly from those that have applied and qualify based on the criteria.
Award will be applied as a tuition credit to the student's account after the add/drop course deadline, confirming full-time attendance.
Not all that apply will receive an entrance award.

Student Funding

For information on how to apply for government student loans, financial aid or for help with financial planning, visit our Student Funding page.

Course Details

For course descriptions and requisites, view the Academic Calendar.

Academic Calendar

  • Completed the following:
    • AGF1000 - Survey of Agriculture and Food Systems in Rural and Urban Environments
    • AGT1010 - Design Thinking in Agriculture Technology
    • MTH1100 - Applied Math
    • AGS1000 - Applied Science in Agriculture
    • AGT 1510 - Experiencing Technology
    • AGT1050 - Practicing Exponential Foresight
    • AGT1080 - Data Management and Analytics
    • ATG1008 - Solving Technology Problems
    • LVS1370 - Principles of Animal Agriculture
    • PLS1010 - Plant Science Principles
  • Completed the following:
    • ATG2001 - Agricultural Equipment Design and Function
    • ATS2005 - Crop Production Technology
    • ATI3006 - Project Management for Sustainable Systems
    • ATS1010 - Foundations of Applied Engineering
    • AGT 2110 - Automation in Digital Agriculture
    • AGT2100 - Internet of Things in Agriculture
    • ATS1004 - Foundations in Professional Leadership and Learning
    • ATS2002 - Principles of Business and Entrepreneurship II
    • ATS1007 - Foundations of Exponential Thinking (Singularity)
    • ATS1003 - Applied Composition
  • Complete all of the following
    • Completed the following:
      • AGT3000 - Precision Feeding and Monitoring Systems for Livestock
      • BDA3999 - Preparation for Professional Internship
      • AGF3000 - Agriculture Leadership in Global Food Systems
      • AGT3110 - Precision Farming Systems
      • COM3000 - Translating and Communicating Technology Solutions
      • AGT3510 - Integrating Precision Farming Systems in the Field
      • AGI3000 - Global Perspectives in Agriculture
      • AGT3200 - Applied Research in Agriculture Technology
      • AGT3300 - Responsible Agricultural Innovation
      • AGI3150 - Indigenous Perspectives Towards Land Use and the Impacts of Colonization
    • Completed the following:
      • BDA4999 - Internship
  • Complete all of the following
    • Completed the following:
      • AGT4080 - Application of Data Management and Analytics
      • AGT4000 - Disruptive Technology in Agriculture Business
      • COM4000 - Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
      • AGT4100 - Digital Strategy for Smart Farm Integration
      • BDA4500 - Capstone Project and Program Synthesis and Reflection
      • AGI4000 - Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Agriculture
      • AGT4200 - Response to Future and Emerging Technologies
    • Completed at least two of the following:
      • BDA2150 - Student-led Independent Study
      • AGS2150 - Social Science Fundamentals
      • AMT1335 - Agribusiness Accounting
      • PLS2410 - Native Plants of Alberta
      • AGN1540 - Introductory Pest Management
      • AGF4000 - Genetics of Commercial Crop Performance: An Introduction
      • AGI1000 - Introduction to Contemporary Issues in Agriculture

Career Opportunities

Leadership roles within the agriculture and related industries, including agriculture technology, production agriculture, agricultural machinery, self-employment, sales and service, government, information processing, environmental management, or risk management.

Visit ALIS to find Occupational Profiles with current wages, industry trends and more!

ALIS Occupational Profiles

Admitted Students

Program Dates

Find out when your term start and end dates are, so that you know when you are expected to be in attendance. For more information, please review the Program Dates & Fee Schedule.

Class Registration

You will be registered into your classes automatically. This will happen approximately 1 month prior to the start-date for your program. You will be notified once you have been timetabled into your courses. You will be able to see your class schedule in your My Olds College account. If you need to make any changes to your class registration, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Technology Recommendation

It is required that you come to Olds College with the following technology:

Students will use a variety of memory-intensive, Windows-only programs extensively in lectures and labs. A PC laptop running the latest version of the Microsoft Windows operating system (as of December 2020, Microsoft Windows 10. Mac and Chrome OS are not suitable. Minimum of 8GB RAM and 250GB (512 Gb recommended) available disk storage space is mandatory for this program. Laptops should have sufficient battery life to operate in the field for up to 2 hours.

As part of your student accounts, all students have access to Office 365 for the duration of their time with Olds College. To access this you just need to follow these steps:

  • Go to portal.office.com
  • Enter your Olds College email address and password
  • Once logged in, there is a button on the right that says “Install Office Apps”
  • This will give you access to the full Office suite on your computer.

Materials & Supplies

The following items are required:

  • Coveralls
  • Rubber boots
  • Steel toed work boots (CSA approved)
  • Safety glasses

There may be other necessary items (ie. cold weather attire) that may be required during your time at Olds College.

A copy of your valid driver’s license is necessary to operate Olds College equipment.

Information on required textbooks and any further supplies will be provided as you attend each class. All books and supplies will be available during the first few weeks of classes in the College Campus Store.

Additional Skills

Basic computer skills are recommended for all and it is certainly beneficial to have some prior experience with computers before you arrive at the College. A familiarity and comfort in use of Google Docs, word processing, spreadsheet and e-mailing software will be a definite asset.

Other Important Information:

  • Student Clubs: Olds College Custom Techgronomy Club, Rodeo Club, Aggies

For More Information

Our Admissions office can help navigate you through the admissions process and answer any questions you have about your program of study. 

☎ 403.556.8281
☎ 1.800.661.6537
Inquire about this program

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