AGRISCIENCE: PLANTS OR ANIMALS
Horticulture Career Information
Principles of Agriculture (7117)
Horticultural Science (5132)
Greenhouses & Soilless Production (7114)
Horticulture Capstone (7232)
Food Science is a two semester course that provides students with an overview of food science and the role it plays in the securing of a safe, nutritious, and adequate food supply. A project-based approach is utilized in this course, along with laboratory, team building, and problem solving activities to enhance student learning. Students are introduced to the following areas of horticulture science: food processing, food chemistry and physics, nutrition, food microbiology, preservation, packaging and labeling, food commodities, food regulations, and issues and careers in the food science industry.
Principles of Agriculture Principles of Agriculture is a two-semester course that will cover the diversity of the agricultural industry and agribusiness concepts. Students will develop an understanding of the role of agriculture in the United States and globally. Students will explore Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resource (AFNR) systems related to the production of food, fiber, and fuel and the associated health, safety, and environmental management systems. Topics covered in the course range from animals, plants, food, natural resources, ag power, structures and technology, and agribusiness. Participation in FFA and Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) will be an integral part of this course in order to develop leadership and career ready skills. Horticultural Science Horticulture Science is a two semester course that provides students with a background in the field of horticulture. Coursework includes hands-on activities that encourage students to investigate areas of horticulture as it relates to the biology and technology involved in the production, processing, and marketing of horticultural plants and products. Students are introduced to the following areas of horticulture science: reproduction and propagation of plants, plant growth, growth-media, management practices for field and greenhouse production, marketing concepts, production of plants of local interest, greenhouse management, floral design, and pest management. Students participate in a variety of activities including extensive laboratory work, usually in a school greenhouse. Greenhouses & Soilless Production Greenhouse and Soilless Production is a two-semester course that provides an overview of structural designs and uses of enclosed structures (greenhouses) to grow various plants and food. The course will focus on discussing different types of enclosed structures, management systems, and growing systems used to produce plants and food. The course will also present an overview of soilless growing systems such as hydroponics, aquaponics, aeroponics, and fogponics. Students will utilize the school greenhouse as part of this course. Horticulture Capstone The Horticulture Capstone course builds upon the knowledge and skills developed in the Principles, Horticultural Science, and Greenhouse and Soilless Production courses by developing advanced skills that students can apply to the field. As a capstone course, students should have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and use skills through an intensive work-based learning experience.
Advanced Life Science: Animals
Advanced Life Science: Animals is a two-semester course that provides students with opportunities to participate in a variety of activities including laboratory work. Students will explore concepts related to history and trends in animal agriculture as related to animal welfare, husbandry, diseases and parasites, laws and practices relating to handling, housing, environmental impact, global sustainable practices of animal agriculture, genetics, breeding practices, biotechnology uses, and comparative knowledge of anatomy and physiology of animals used in animal agriculture.
Agricultural Research Capstone
The Agricultural Research Capstone course includes extended laboratory, field, and literature investigations in one or more specialized agricultural science disciplines such as animal, plant, food, natural resources, biotechnology, engineering, etc. Students enrolled in this course will apply scientific applications, concepts, principles, and design processes to solve complex, real-world issues in agriculture. Students will become familiar with laboratory procedures used in an educational, research, or industrial setting. Students will complete an end-of-course project and presentation, such as a scientific research paper, agriscience fair project, or some other suitable presentation of their findings.
Ag Biotechnology is a two-semester course that concentrates on the applications of biotechnology in the agricultural industry. Students enrolled in this course will apply the use of living organisms to solve problems or make useful products. Students will become familiar with laboratory procedures such as cell/tissue culture, micropropagation, electrophoresis, etc. Students enrolled in this course will be required to use data and scientific techniques to solve problems concerning living organisms and will demonstrate competence in the application of principles and techniques for the development, application, and management of biotechnology within the agriculture industry. As a capstone course, students should have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and use skills through an intensive work-based learning experience.
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