Course Guide: Agriculture, Horticulture, Food & Natural Resources

Animal Systems

Introduction to Animal Systems

AG8008 (1 credit) - 9th or 10th

  • Develop competencies in each of the major areas of the Animal Systems career pathway including animal nutrition, reproduction, breeding, care, and management.
  • Learn agricultural mechanics applicable to animal systems.
  • Explore principles of leadership and opportunities within student organizations along with Supervised Agricultural Experience opportunities.
  • Testing for industry certification in BQA and FAMACHA.

Equine Management

AG8080 (1 credit)

  • Learn how to care for and manage horses.
  • Instruction in equine health, nutrition, management, reproduction, training, evaluation, and showmanship.
  • Instruction in the tools, equipment, and facilities for equine enterprises.
  • Business management topics include the economics of boarding, training, and merchandising horses.
  • Encourage leadership development activities and participation in FFA activities such as competitive horse judging team.

Small Animal Care

AG8083 (1 credit)

  • Care for and manage small animals, focusing on instructional areas in animal health, nutrition, management, reproduction, and evaluation.
  • Instruction in the tools, equipment, and facilities for small animal care, and provides activities to foster leadership development.
  • FFA and SAE activities are encouraged.

Veterinary Science 1

AG8088 (1 credit) - 11th grade

  • Prepares students for post-secondary education and/or careers in veterinary medicine or related fields. Students develop their skills in anatomy, nutrition, medical terminology, sanitation, clinical exams, and handling animals.
  • Live animal handling may occur.
  • Course content also includes facility maintenance, and office functions, as well as safety practice.

Prerequisite: Small Animal Care recommended

Veterinary Science 2

AG8089 (1 Credit) -12th Grade

  • Expand knowledge of animal science and the care of animals, including animal structure and function, microbes and disease prevention, parasitology, and genetics and breeding.
  • Develop more advanced skills and techniques for assisting the veterinarian/technician in the following areas: performing first aid and surgery, applying aseptic techniques, performing technical functions, administering medication, handling death and dying, working with wildlife, and performing office functions.
  • On-the-job clinical instruction coordinated by the instructor may be included in veterinary offices or animal clinics.

Teacher Recommendation


Introduction to Power, Structural, & Technical Systems

AG8016 (1 credit) – 9th – 12th

  • Prepares students for careers in agricultural mechanics, fabrication, and construction.
  • Hands-on experience with the operation, maintenance, and repair of agricultural equipment.
  • Utilize tools and equipment for agricultural structures, electricity, welding, and carpentry.

Small Engine Repair

AG8082 (1 credit) – 10th - 12th

  • Intensive study of the operation, maintenance, and repair of small gasoline engines.
  • Instructional topics include principles of operation of internal combustion engines, repair and service procedures, and disassembly, overhaul, and reassembly.
  • Operate two-cycle and four-cycle engines commonly found on lawnmowers, garden tractors, snow blowers, rotary tillers, chainsaws, and other equipment.
  • Incorporates classroom and laboratory activities to emphasize leadership through opportunities in FFA and supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs).

Prerequisite: Introduction to Power, Structural, and Technical Systems or Teacher Recommendation

Welding 1

AG9826 (1 credit) - 10th - 12th

  • Introduction to the science and art of welding processes, including types of equipment, and assembly and set-up of various welding units and the different welding procedures such as fusion, non-fusion, and oxy-acetylene cutting.
  • Emphasize the arc welding operations of DCEP and DCEN power sources, heats, and electrodes for use in joining various metal alloys by the arc welding process.
  • Emphasize the safe and proper use of tools and equipment when welding.
  • Implement the practical application of arc welding and oxy-acetylene processes leading the students to an opportunity to receive an AWS Structural Plate Steel Weld Certification.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Power, Structural, and Technical Systems or Teacher Recommendation

Welding 2

AG8019 (1 credit) – 11th- 12th

  • Hands-on experience in metal fabrication, including cutting, welding, and cold metalworking processes, for agriculture and industrial applications.
  • Investigate emerging technologies used in the fields of agriculture and industry.
  • Incorporates leadership and career skills.

Prerequisite: Welding 1 or Teacher Recommendation

Forestry Management

DE8042W - 11th & 12th (1 credit, college credit)

  • Instruction in the management of the forest as a resource and as a business.
  • Develop knowledge in areas like tree physiology, forest ecology, silviculture, and the management and marketing of forest products.
  • Strong emphasis is placed on developing career skills for the forestry industry.

Prerequisite: Intro to Power Systems strongly encouraged

Plant Systems

Introduction to Plant Systems

AG8007 (1 credit) - 9th or 10th

  • Develop competencies in each of the major areas of the Plant Systems career pathway, including applied botany, plant propagation, and plant care and selection.
  • Develop knowledge in plant science areas like tree physiology, forest ecology, silviculture, and the management and marketing of forest products.
  • Learn agricultural mechanics applicable to plant systems such as woodworking, carpentry, plumbing, and metalworking.

Horticulture 1: Horticultural Sciences

AG8034 (1 credit)

  • Develop the necessary knowledge, skills, habits, and attitudes for advancement in areas such as floriculture, landscape design, greenhouse operation, nursery plant production, and turf management.
  • Instruction in using soil and other plant-growing media, and in identifying, propagating, and growing horticultural plants in the greenhouse and land laboratory.
  • Hands-on experience raising poinsettias, bedding plants, hanging baskets, etc. will be part of the curriculum.

Horticulture 2 & 3 (Offered Alternating Years)

HORTICULTURE 2: Greenhouse Plant Production and Management
AG8035 (1 credit) - 11th or 12th

  • Builds on the skills learned in Horticulture Science focusing on learning the operating procedures for a greenhouse.
  • Units of instruction include developing production facilities, science application in plant production and plant identification, and landscaping.

HORTICULTURE 3: Landscaping
AG8036 (1 credit) - 11th or 12th grade

  • Develop the knowledge, skills, habits, and attitudes for entry-level employment and advancement in landscape design, landscape construction, and landscape maintenance.
  • Sketching and drawing, analyzing landscape sites, designing for function and aesthetics, identifying and selecting landscape plants, plant installation, fertilizing, mulching, pruning, and controlling pests.

Agriculture Business Fundamentals CO-OP

AG8022 (1 credit) - 11th or 12th grade

  • Enrolled in agriculture/horticulture courses; or completer in CTE program.
  • Cooperative training station that provides hands-on experience that will aid in the development of skills and attitudes needed for successful employment in agriculture business.
  • Students must have transportation.