Principles of Agriculture provides students with an overview of careers in the agricultural science and business industries. Students will learn about agricultural literacy, basic agribusiness skills, and develop leadership skills while learning about several areas of agriculture. Animal science, agribusiness, plant and soil science, food science, and horticulture topics are all covered during this course. Students learn everything they need to know to join FFA if they desire and compete in local, state, and national events.
In Landscape Management students will learn the basics of landscape design, construction, maintenance and care. Students begin by studyingcommon landscape applications, plant use and design software and then put their skills to the test through practice applications around the school and offsite.
In Plant and Soil Science students will learn soil and plant biology. Coursework includes hands-on learning activities that encourage students to investigate areas of plant and soil science. Students are introduced to the following areas of plant and soil science: plant growth, reproduction and propagation, photosynthesis and respiration, diseases and pests of plants and their management, biotechnology, the basic components and types of soil, soil tillage, and conservation.
In Animal Science students participate in a large variety of activities and laboratory work including real and simulated animal science experiences and projects. All areas that the students study may be applied to both large and small animals. Topics to be covered in the course include: history and trends in animal agriculture, laws and practices relating to animal agriculture, comparative anatomy and physiology of animals, biosecurity threats and interventions relating to animal and human safety, nutrition, reproduction, careers, leadership, and supervised agriculture experiences relating to animal agriculture.
In Advance Life Science: Animals students take a deeper dive into Animal Science topics related to anatomy, nutrition, and disease pathology. Students continue to participate in lab activities that are hands-on in nature and focus on students practicing and proving the information they learn. ALS:Animals students are invited to participate in the AgriScience Fair and compete in several animal related FFA competitions.
Students who successfully meet requirements of select course(s) and university may earn dual credit from Ivy Tech Community College.