This applied course is designed to enhance student’s perceptions of agriculture, its applications, and leadership development as the core foundation of the agriculture education program. Individual units will familiarize the student with: basic mechanical theory and skills – emphasis will be placed on safety and proper use of tools and equipment; principles of evaluation and selection of animals. Topics may include: soils, irrigation, land judging, plants, crop and weed identification, range management, horticulture, nursery, diseases, insects, and chemicals. This applied course introduces students to agricultural sciences with emphasis on technical skills, entrepreneurship, and occupational opportunities.
Plant Science I
This is a participation-oriented course focusing on the fundamental principles of horticulture. Students will be exposed to a variety of careers and to propagating plants in a lab or greenhouse setting. Students will study botany/plant science, growing plants, the business of raising and selling plants, and small business management. Hands-on experiences will include computer assisted landscape design, home and business landscaping, commercial greenhouse operation, plant nutrition, landscape beautification, and community involvement. Students raise a variety of bedding plants, flowers, ornamentals, and garden plants as a part of the lab activities and work on community floral projects. This class will be delivered through hybrid model of on-line coursework, field trips, and lab activities.
Plant Science II
This course is a continuation of Plant Science I to prepare students to produce greenhouse/nursery plants and to maintain plant growth and propagation structures. Topics to be covered include: soils, plants, plant identification, and plant entomology. Courses examine the importance of plant cell structures, functions of cells, plant processes, nonvascular plants, vascular plants, roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and reproduction of plants. Students may be introduced to the biological, environmental, conservation, and ecological concepts encountered in our environment. Landscape design units will prepare students to design, construct, and maintain planted areas and devices for the beautification of home grounds and other areas of human habitation and recreation. This class will be delivered through hybrid model of on-line coursework, field trips, and lab activities.
World & International Agriculture
A course designed to introduce students to global agriculture. This course also includes agricultural career development, leadership, communications, and personal finance. Learning activities are varied with classroom, laboratory, and field experiences. Leadership development and supervised agricultural experience programs are an integral part of this course.