This applied course is designed to enhance learner perceptions of agriculture, its applications, and leadership development as the core foundation of the Agriculture Education program. Topics may include soils, irrigation, land judging, plants, crop and weed identification, range management, horticulture, nursery, diseases, insects, and chemicals. This applied course introduces learners to agricultural sciences with emphasis on technical skills, entrepreneurship, and occupational opportunities.
Plant Science I
Learners will study Botany/plant science, plant propagation, and managing the business of raising and selling plants. Hands-on experiences will include computer assisted landscape design, home and business landscaping, commercial greenhouse operation, plant nutrition, landscape beautification, and community involvement. Learners 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
Plant Science II explores plant life through the lens of produce, greenhouse/nursery plants, plant growth, and reproduction structures. Topics to be covered include plants, plant identification, soils for growth, and plant entomology. The course examines the importance of plant cell structures, functions of cells, plant processes, nonvascular plants, vascular plants, roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and reproduction of plants. Learners may be introduced to the biological, environmental, conservation, and ecological. Landscape Design prepares learners 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
World and International Agriculture is designed to introduce learners to global agriculture. This course also includes agricultural career development, leadership, communications, and personal finance. Learning activities vary with classroom, laboratory, and field experiences. Leadership development and supervised agricultural experience programs are an integral part of this course.