Agricultural Science

The Agricultural Science major aims to meet the current and future needs of companies, public authorities and research laboratories by training future managers and scientists benefiting from French and European expertise in the fields of :

  • livestock housing, nutrition and production
  • crop systems modelling, protection and management
  • smart farming and new technologies in agriculture

Course Objectives

First, the fundamental objective of this program is to have a general overview of Agricultural Science. Courses range from food chain theory and crop management to livestock and plant production. Although this general approach is taught through its technical and scientific aspects, it is also crucial to include economic, sociological and ethical aspects to comprehend the notion of sustainability in agricultural.

Most of all, the Agricultural Science program gives students:

  • an international view of the issue of agriculture, highlighting certain national and/or regional specificities,
  • the necessary tools to manage crop and livestock production;
  • the necessary tools to manage agricultural processes, from ruminant nutrition to distribution channels
  • a practical view of site management, thanks to lectures and seminars by experts in the field;
  • the methods to manage projects within an international context, with multicultural staff.

English-Taught Program

Master 1

Fall Semester

Teaching Unit Credits (ECTS)
Welcome Session

6

Agricultural Project

6

Ruminant Nutrition and Roughage Systems

3

Biotechnologies Végétales [In French in 2017]

6

Plant Breeding and Genetics

3

French as a Foreign Language

3

Spring Semester

Teaching Unit Credits (ECTS)
Animal Welfare: From Consumer Demand to Farm Auditing

3

Livestock Housing and Building Conception

3

Agricultural Project

6

Crop Modeling

3

Geopolitics of Food

3

Applied Agronomy – Specialised Cultures

3

Livestock Production Systems

6

Introduction to Smart Farming

3

French as a Foreign Language

3

Summer Internship

6

Master 2

Fall Semester

Teaching Unit Credits (ECTS)
Sustainable Agriculture and Smart Farming

30

Spring Semester

End-of-Study Internship Credits (ECTS)
Six months professional experience

Written report and oral defense

30

French-Taught Program

Master 1

Fall Semester

Teaching Unit Credits (ECTS)
Projet en agriculture

6

Agronomie Appliquée aux grandes cultures

3

Métiers de l’agriculture et de l’agrofourniture

6

Gestion de la santé animale en élevage

3

Industrie de l’alimentation animale et nutrition des monogastriques

3

Spring Semester

Teaching Unit Credits (ECTS)
Agriculteurs en difficulté

3

Projet en agriculture

6

Quels modèles sociaux de production en agriculture ?

3

Sélection et reproduction animale

3

Expérimentation végétale

3

Agronomie tropicale

6

Bioagresseurs

3

Master 2

Fall Semester

Teaching Unit Credits (ECTS)
Agribusiness

30

Spring Semester

End-of-Study Internship Credits (ECTS)
Six months professional experience

Written report and oral defense

30

Projects

Learning to work in a team and manage projects is an essential skill for any engineer. Therefore, one day every week is dedicated to team projects, which are monitored by a Professor and a representative from the industry or a partner company.

Examples of projects:

  • Effect of the type of loose-housing system on dairy cow behavior and step activity
  • Agriculture and Development of Plants for Medicinal Purposes
  • Urban Farming and Hydroponics
  • Conversion of Farms from Conventional to Organic Farming Systems

Contacts

Head of Department

Bertrand Vandoorne

Academic Advisor

Hélène Leruste

Internships

These  periods  of  professional  immersion, carried out either in France or abroad, in a company or a laboratory, expose students to the reality of corporate life and prepare them for their entry into the professional world.
Examples of internships:
–  Development of local distribution channels  for  schools  and  retirement  homes:  from farmer to consumer
– Feasibility study of conversion to organic farming
–  Replacement of pesticides by agroecological alternative solutions
–  Links between animal feeding and meat quality
– Dairy cow welfare research

Career

Students of ISA Lille’s Agricultural Science program learn to understand the latest issues in agriculture and acquire a work method necessary to guide both farmers and firms through ongoing change in the industry. Our graduates go on to become actors of sustainable agriculture across domains and regions.

  • ISA Lille is part of a corporate network gathering more than 200 companies.
  • ISA’s Company and Career Days, organized every year, are good opportunities for students to meet representatives of our partner companies and exchange on internships and job opportunities.
  • ISA Graduates work in diverse fields: Sales, Marketing or Technical positions, Service in agriculture (insurance companies, audits, consulting) as well as in Research and Development in technical and research institutes, Project management at regional or national levels (professional organizations).