AGRICULTURE

AGRICULTURE

To complete the agriculture sequence (pending NYS CTE approval) students need to complete three mandatory (*) courses and 2 additional elective credits from the following courses:

*Career and Financial Management - ½ credit
*Agriculture Science - 1 credit
*Leadership – 1 credit
Animal Care and Management – .5 credit
Animal Science – 1 credit
Intro to Plant Science .5 credit
Plant Science- 1 credit
Small Gas Engines– .5 credit
Precision Agriculture – 1 credit (Technology Dept.)
Agriculture Power and Technology – 1 credit
Agriculture Business – ½ credit (Business Dept.)
Chemistry-1 credit (Science Dept)
Veterinary Technology Science– 1 credit

    A third science graduation requirement can be met with Agriculture Science,  Animal Science and/or Plant Science.

    For students who are interested in focusing in Animal Science OR Plant Science the following sample course listings are ideal.

Animal Science Concentration

· Agriculture Science
· Animal Care & Management
· Animal Science
· Leadership
· Agriculture Engineering
· Precision Agriculture
· Agriculture Business

Plant Science Concentration

· Agriculture Science
· Plant Science
· Leadership
· Landscape 101
· Agriculture Engineering
· Precision Agriculture
· Agriculture Business


AGRICULTURE SCIENCE*       Course No. 426       1 unit
Grades 9-12      Level 3       40weeks *Required for all Agriculture Pathways
             The Agriscience course incorporates the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources industries. Students 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. While surveying the opportunities available in agriculture and natural resources, 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. In addition, students will understand specific connections between their lessons and Supervised Agricultural Experience and FFA components that are important for the development of an informed agricultural education student. This course will have a midterm project. The final project will be worth 20% of the student's final grade. This course can count toward a third science graduation requirement.

 

ANIMAL CARE & MANAGEMENT Course No. 443 .5 unit
Grades 9-12 Level 3 20 weeks
Animal Science Pathway

The Animal Care and Management course encompasses the study of animal husbandry including content areas of health, physical exams, nutrition, management, and processing as applied to small animals, livestock, dairy, horses and/or poultry.   Students completing a program of study in this course will demonstrate competence in the application of principles and techniques for the development, application and management of animals. This course emphasizes FFA opportunities that develop students potential for premier leadership,  personal growth, and career success. This course will have a midterm project. The final project will be worth 20% of the student's final grade.


ANIMAL SCIENCE Course No. 445 1 unit
Grades 10-12 Level 3 40 weeks 

The Animal Science course encompasses animal management, anatomy/ physiology of large and small animals, health and safety, and an overview of basic practices and skills in veterinary medicine. Some topics include: ruminant microbiology, dissection and surgical techniques, and biosecurity. The students will develop their use of critical thinking, scientific method, and use of integrated technology in course materials. This course emphasizes FFA opportunities that develop students potential for premier leadership,  personal growth, and career success.      This course will have a midterm project. The final project will be worth 20% of the student's final grade. This course can count toward a third science graduation requirement.


 

AG LEADERSHIP* Course No. 425 1 unit
Grades 11-12 Level 3 40 weeks *Required for all Agriculture Pathways

Agricultural Leadership is a one-year course designed for students with an interest in agricultural leadership. This course is designed to encourage the development of leadership skills that are necessary to be successful in the vast agricultural industry. Personal and interpersonal leadership traits will be studied. The course is structured to make learning about leadership fun. It does this through the emphasis of the FFA and the career development activities related to leadership that are generated by being a part of this organization. It also encourages the development of record keeping skills through the requirement of establishing and maintaining a supervised agricultural experience program (SAE). This course will have a midterm project. The final project will be worth 20% of the student's final grade.

 

INTRODUCTION TO PLANT SCIENCE Course No. 430 .5 unit
Grades 9-12 Level 3 20 weeks

This course is designed to expose students to the plant science industry. The course will cover topics that include, hydroponic growing, landscaping, floral design, industrial greenhouse management. This course will be an inquiry styled course where students will be expected to participate in grow work, and student lead projects. This course is meant to be an introductory course to the plant science industry. This course will have a midterm project. The final project will be worth 20% of the student's final grade.

 

PLANT SCIENCE Course No. 447 1 unit
Grades 10-12 Level 3 40 weeks

This course will explore the wonderful world of plants, gardening, and landscaping. A portion of the class will be devoted to hydroponics, and include hands-on projects. You will learn plant identification, plant needs, and parts of a plant. This is a hands-on course that will require you to explore many concepts through discovery and self-teaching. This course will have a midterm project. The final project will be worth 20% of the student's final grade. This course can count toward a third science graduation requirement.

SMALL GAS ENGINES       Course No. 446       .5 unit
Grades 11-12    Level 3       20weeks

             
The purpose of this course is to provide a ½ year of Theories of Engines. We will focus on basic engine systems, fuel delivery systems, electrical systems, valve theory, repair procedures, and troubleshooting. It will be a combination of class work and group work in a laboratory setting.  This course will have a midterm project. The final project will be worth 20% of the student's final grade. Offered every other year, will be offered in 2020-21.

 

AGRICULTURE POWER & TECHNOLOGY Course No. 448 1 unit
Grades 9-12 Level 3 40weeks

The focus of Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) is to expose to students to mechanics, power, technology, and career options in the world of agriculture. Students participating in the APT course will have experiences in various mechanical and engineering concepts with exciting hands-on activities, projects, and problems. Student’s experiences will involve the study of energy, tool operation and safety, material properties, machine operation, and structural components. Students will acquire the basic skills to operate, repair, engineer, and design agricultural tools and equipment. Throughout the course, students will apply the engineering principles to the construction of machines and structures.

 

VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY SCIENCE Course No. 429 1 unit
Grades 11-12 Level 3 40weeks

This course will expose students to the veterinary medicine industry. We will cover topics such as hospital procedures, parasitology, terminology, and restraints. This course is meant for a students who is interested in animals and the animal industry. This is a high level science course, which will have a midterm exam and a final exam. This course can count toward a third science graduation requirement.

 

AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS Course No. 624 .5 unit
Grades 9-12 Level 3 20 weeks

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to study agricultural businesses from the standpoint of organizational skills and successful profit techniques.  Topics to be studied include record keeping, economic principles, labor efficiency, income taxes, budgeting, and computerized management systems.  Through the use of Microsoft Office the students will become proficient in creating commonly used forms, spreadsheets and marketing materials used by many agricultural businesses.  Grades are based on a final project.  This course does not have a final exam.  Offered every other year, will be offered in 2020-21.