Agriculture

Course Titles

General AgricultureAnimal Science (Livestock Animal)Veterinarian Science (Small Animal)Plant Science

Course Descriptions

General Agriculture

Grades: 9 and 10
Credits: 1 credit
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: Students participating in the Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources course will experience hands-on activities, projects, and problems. Student experiences will involve the study of communication, the science of agriculture, plants, animals, natural resources, and agricultural mechanics. Students will learn to solve problems, conduct research, analyze data, work in teams, and take responsibility for their work, actions, and learning. For example, students will work in groups to determine the efficiency and environmental impacts of fuel sources in a practical learning exercise. Students will investigate, experiment, and learn about documenting a project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.

The Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources course includes:

  • Agricultural Education – Agriculture, FFA, and SAE
  • Communication Methods
  • Science Processes
  • Natural Resources
  • Plants and Animals
  • Agricultural Mechanics

Animal Science (Livestock Animal)

Grades: 10-12
Credits: 1 credit
Prerequisite: General Agriculture
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: This course is designed to explore the animal science industry and the food system of the United States in order to foster an understanding of the steps involved in producing livestock products for consumers. This course will involve the study of economically important food animals through their biological processes, production, and management practices. We will address basic knowledge such as livestock history, breeds, identification, conformation, and judging. Then we will explore concepts in anatomy, physiology, reproduction, nutrition, health, and management of all species of livestock animals.

Veterinarian Science (Small Animal)

Grades: 10-12
Credits: 1 credit
Prerequisite: Animal Science
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: This course is designed to explore the technical and scientific world of veterinary science. In this class we will address some or all of the following topics:

  • Personal Safety and Animal Handling
  • Animal Roles in Society
  • Issues in the Animal Industry
  • Veterinary Terminology
  • Care and Management of Species
  • Microbiology
  • Biosecurity
  • Body Systems
  • Parasitology
  • Physical Exams, Hospital Procedures, and Office Management
  • Animal Laws and Ethics

Plant Science

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 1 credit
Prerequisite: General Agriculture
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: This course is designed for students to study the structure of plants, growth processes, propagation, physiology, plant classification, reproduction, growth media, soil, pests, careers in the industry, floral design and cultural harvest practices. The students in the class will operate and run the school greenhouse for a hands-on experiential learning experience. Students will be expected to complete a final research project that showcases their learning for the year.  This course is intended to successfully prepare students who plan on majoring in agriculture sciences at a four-year college and/or university or who want to pursue a career in the area of agriculture.