High School

Agriculture Curriculum

COURSE NUMBER 4100 INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRIES

TEACHER(S):  Carrie Koester
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  .5 (1 semester)
PREREQUISITES:  None
GRADE:  9-10

This orientation course provides an opportunity for students to learn how the agricultural industry is organized; its major components; the economic influence of agriculture at state, national and international levels; and the scope and types of job opportunities in the agricultural field. Basic concepts in animal science, plant science, soil science, horticulture, and agribusiness management will be presented. Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus. Participation in FFA is strongly recommended.  Student participating is FFA can participate in a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects which is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.

COURSE NUMBER 910 INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURE SCIENCE

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  Introduction to the Agricultural Industry or Instructor Approval
GRADE:  10

This course is designed to develop knowledge and skills in the following areas: using soil and other plant growing media; identifying horticultural plants; propagating horticultural plants; basics of growing horticultural  plants in greenhouse and nursery settings; constructing, maintaining and using plant-growing structures; operating, repairing and maintaining equipment used in the horticultural field. This course is designed to reinforce and extend students understanding of science by associating basic scientific principles and concepts with relevant applications in agriculture.

COURSE NUMBER 4101 SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL OCCUPATIONAL EXPERIENCE I

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  ½ (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  Enrollment in the agricultural program
Grade 9-10

SAEP I is primarily designed for students at the freshman and sophomore levels.  Junior and senior students who are enrolled in orientation level agriculture classes are also eligible.  Students will be required to complete a minimum of one approved project.  This experience program will give credit to those students who have completed an SAEP.  To receive credit, the student must keep a record book appropriate for their project.  Credit determination will be based upon project visitation and supervision, as well as a completed record book in which size of the project, percent of student ownership, net income, skills and tasks learned, and safety activities will be considered by the teacher.

COURSE NUMBER 4104 SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL OCCUPATIONAL EXPERIENCE II

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  ½ (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  Enrollment in the agricultural program
GRADE:  11-12

This course provides for further individualized study in agriculture as established in the SAEP I course. Guidelines and instruction parallel the introductory course.

COURSE NUMBER 4102 AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  Introduction to the Agricultural Industry or Instructor Approval
GRADE:  10-11

This orientation course builds on basic skills and knowledge gained in the introduction to the agricultural industry course. Major units of instruction include agricultural research, soil science, advanced plant science, biotechnology, and advanced animal science. Applied science and math skills and concepts will be stressed throughout the course as they relate to each area. Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus. Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.

COURSE NUMBER 4105 AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT I

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  Introduction to the Agricultural Industry and one orientation level course or approval of instructor
GRADE:  11-12

This course will develop students‘ understanding of the agricultural industry relating to the United States and the world market place. Instructional units include: marketing and trading of agricultural products, international agriculture, imports and exports, agricultural law, taxes, governmental regulations and policies, and advanced computerized record keeping. Student skills will be enhanced in math, reading comprehension, and writing though agribusiness applications. Employability skills will be developed with resume writing and interviewing techniques to gain employment. Post secondary education will be explored at agricultural colleges and universities. Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus. Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.

COURSE NUMBER 939 AGRICULTURAL CONSTRUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  Introduction to the Agricultural Industry and Ag Mechanics and Technology.
GRADE:  10-11

This advanced course focuses on the knowledge, hands-on skills, and work place skills applicable to construction in the agricultural industry. Major units of instruction include: personal safety, hand tools, power tools, blueprint reading, surveying, construction skills in carpentry, plumbing, electricity, concrete, block laying, drywall and painting. Careers such as agricultural engineers, carpenter, plumber, electrician, concrete and block layers, finishers, safety specialists, and other related occupations will be examined. Improving workplace and computer skills will be a focus. Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.

COURSE NUMBER 937 AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS AND TECHNOLOGY

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semester)
PREREQUISITES:  Introduction to the Agricultural Industry and one orientation level course or approval of instructor.
GRADE:  10-11

This course will concentrate on expanding students‘ knowledge and experiences with agricultural mechanics technologies utilized in the agricultural industry. Units of instruction included are: design, construction, fabrication, maintenance, welding, electricity/electronics, internal combustion engines, hydraulics, and employability skills. Career of agricultural construction engineer, electrician, plumber, welder, equipment designer, parts manager, safety inspector, welder, and other related occupations will be examined. Improving workplace and computer skills will be a focus. Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.

COURSE NUMBER 933 NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION

TEACHER(S):  Carrie Koester
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  Introduction to the Agricultural Industry and one orientation level course or approval of instructor.
GRADE:  10-11

This course develops management and conservation skills in understanding the connection between agriculture and natural resources. Student knowledge and skills are develop in: understanding natural resources and its importance; fish, wildlife, and forestry management and conservation; and exploring outdoor recreational enterprises. Hunting and fishing as a sport, growing and managing tree forests, and outdoor safety education will be featured. Career exploration will be discussed including: park ranger, game warden, campground manager, forester, conservation officer, wildlife manager, and related occupations. Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus. Participation in FFA is strongly recommended.

COURSE NUMBER 924 INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semester)
PREREQUISITES:  Introduction to the Agricultural Industry or Instructor Approval
GRADE:  10

In this course, theory and hands-on experiences provide opportunities for students to develop basic knowledge and skills in agricultural mechanics. Instructional areas include the basic fundamentals of maintaining and repairing small gasoline engines, basic electricity, welding, construction, cold metal work, and operating agricultural equipment safely. Improving workplace and computer skills will be a focus. Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.

COURSE NUMBER 4107 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE APPICATIONS IN AGRICULTURE – PLANT SCIENCE

TEACHER(S):  Carrie Koester
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  ½ (1 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  Biology
GRADE:  11

This course is designed to reinforce and extend students‘ understanding of science by associating basic scientific principles and concepts with relevant applications in agriculture. Students will examine major phases of plant growth and management in agriculture and the specific biological science concepts that govern management decisions. Topics of study are in the areas of initiating plant growth germination, plant sensory mechanisms, enzyme action, absorption, and managing plant growth  photosynthesis, respiration, translocation, metabolism, and growth regulation. The course will be valuable preparation for further education and will increase the relevance of science through the applied setting of agriculture by enhancing literacy in science and the scientific process. Improving workplace and computer skills will be a focus. Participation in FFA is strongly recommended

COURSE NUMBER 930 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE APPLICATIONS IN AGRICULTURE – ANIMAL SCIENCE

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CREDIT:  ½ (1 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  Biology
GRADE: 11

This course is designed to reinforce and extend students‘ understanding of science by associating basic scientific principles and concepts with relevant applications in agriculture. Students will examine major phases of animal agriculture and specific biological science concepts that govern management decisions in the animal industry. Topics of study are in the areas of growth and development of animals embryology, ethnology, nutrition, immunity systems, and processing animal products preservation, fermentation, and pasteurization. The course will be valuable preparation for further education and will increase the relevance of science through the applied setting of agriculture by enhancing literacy in science and the scientific process. This course is designed to reinforce and extend students‘ understanding of science by associating basic scientific principles and concepts with relevant applications in agriculture. Students will examine major phases of animal growth.

VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1.0
PREREQUISITES:  Animal Science
GRADE:  11-12

This course will develop students’ understanding of the small and companion animal industry, animal anatomy and physiology, animal ethics and welfare issues, animal health, vet medicine, vet office practices, and animal services to humans.  Career exploration on vets, vet lab techs, office lab assistant, small animal production, research lab assistant, and animal nutrition lab technician.  Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus.

ADVANCED HORTICULTURE

TEACHER(S):  Carrie Koester
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1.0
PREREQUISITES:  HORTICULTURE
GRADE:  12

Instruction in floriculture and landscape areas of horticulture.  Units of study include plant identification, advanced greenhouse production methods, culture of greenhouse crops, care and handling of cut flowers, floral design, advanced propagation methods, and careers.

PSAA 1 and 2 (Physical Science Applications in Agriculture)

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1.0
PREREQUISITES:  INTRO TO AG
GRADE:  11

Topics of study are in the areas of scientific investigations, environmental/natural resource systems, ag production systems, ag structural systems, energy and power systems, ag mechanics and machine systems, and food processing systems.  Participation in FFA activities and SAE projects is an integral course component and highly encouraged.