Agriculture

Agriculture*



Introduction: The Agriculture Department offers students the opportunity to complete a comprehensive 4-year program or to survey individual agricultural disciplines. All classes combine preparation for continued college education as well as training for today's jobs. A "learn-by-doing" approach provides students with a unique experience that combines the traditional classroom with outdoor laboratory and community activities. The over two-acre facility includes vegetable/flower gardens, an extensive fruit orchard, landscape displays, commercial greenhouses, retail landscape plant nursery, retail flower shop, domestic animal grooming shop, and livestock production areas. Products produced and marketed by students are sold to the local community. The nationally recognized FFA chapter (see www.FFA.org for more information) offers students extensive experience in leadership, public speaking, job search skills and tools, and event planning as well as post-secondary school advice and scholarship opportunities.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • All Ag course credit may be used to meet District graduation requirements for either Science (both life and physical) or Applied Arts.  Floral students may use credits for Fine Arts requirement.  Economics credit is also available by completing two years of Ag. (must include marketing taught in advanced class), and by demonstrating successful development and expansion of their Occupational Experience program.
  • Agriculture Biology, Environmental Horticulture, and Veterinary Science also fulfill UC/CSU requirements.

Attention College Bound Students

A survey by Purdue University indicated that college students that have experienced vocational classes, especially agriculture programs, graduate from universities with higher grade point averages in a shorter time than the general college prep high school student. The success of vocational students seemed to stem from having a clearer focus and stronger goals for the future.  Another advantage to consider is that real-life skills learned now will qualify you for more professional level jobs at higher rates of pay for part-time work needed to help pay college expenses.

Course Descriptions

AGRICULTURAL INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 1

Grade Duration Credits Repeat Status
9-11 Year 5/5 No

Fulfills Requirements: Life or Physical Science, Applied Arts for SHS
Prerequisite: None
Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the world of science and technology from an agricultural perspective. Students have the opportunity to experience agricultural science first hand, and develop laboratory and management skills by raising plants and animals. All students, as members of the FFA, participate in leadership activities and career exploration.

AGRICULTURE BIOLOGY

Grade Duration Credits Repeat Status
10-12 Year 5/5 No

Fulfills Requirements: Life or Physical Science, Applied Arts for SHS; for UC/CSU, d, g
Prerequisite: Students must have taken Algebra I or be concurrently enrolled.
Course Description:  This class emphasizes detailed knowledge of the biological principles of the following areas: molecular and cellular aspects of living things, structure and function of plants and animals, genetics, physiology, plant and animal diversity, and principles of classification, ecological relationships, and animal behavior. Students will be offered the opportunity to utilize the on-site fruit orchard and commercial greenhouses for research and observations.


FLORAL DESIGN (ROP)

Grade Duration Credits Repeat Status
10-12 Year 5/5 Yes

Fulfills Requirements: Life or Physical Science, Fine or Applied Arts for SHS
Co-requisite: Agribusiness Occupations – see description below.
Course Description:  This class combines both traditional classroom activities and “on-the-job” real-life experiences. The classroom portion is designed to acquaint the student with theories and principles of artistic design and allow the student to apply an artistic approach to floral design. Students will acquire practical skills and knowledge by exploring the history of floral art and applying elements and principles of design through use of floral art media. Floral arrangements will include: traditional & modern arrangement styles, seasonal, holiday and occasional designs. Students will achieve this through creating, designing, identifying, explaining and evaluating all topics of study. Balance, symmetry, harmony, unity and texture using floral and synthetic media, will be stressed in this course. Curriculum includes problem solving, creative thinking, written and verbal communication skills. As the seasons change, students will develop many artistic, technical, and retail marketing skills through their work in the student operated on-campus flower shop. All students, as members of the FFA, participate in leadership activities and career exploration.


ENVIRONMENTAL HORTICULTURE (ROP)

Grade Duration Credits Repeat Status
10-12 Year 5/5 Yes

Fulfills Requirements: Life or Physical Science, Applied Arts for SHS; for UC/CSU, g. Students that fulfill the competency requirements are eligible for 3 Horticulture credits which include a lab credit from Cabrillo College.
Co-requisite: Agribusiness Occupations – see description below.
Course Description: Environmental Horticulture utilizes plants and other natural resources to enhance, restore and maintain the world around us helping to provide food, shelter, beauty, entertainment and an ecological balance. It combines a diverse knowledge base and group of skills including aspects of plant science, environmental studies, art, construction and business which can be applied in rural as well as urban environments, in both indoor and outdoor settings.  Horticulturalists study, plan, design, construct and maintain an assortment of projects such as restoring natural plant resources, protecting watersheds, managing sports fields, creating dramatic floral arrangements and container gardens, stabilizing dunes, landscaping residential and professional environments, moderating climatic and local weather conditions, controlling erosion, managing forests and park lands, as well as producing vegetable crops and fruit.  Environmental Horticulture not only prepares students for careers in the nursery, landscaping and floral industries but enhances students’ skills needed in many green careers and most business and other professional situations.  This class takes a learning by doing approach providing work experience opportunities in the program’s landscape plant nursery, fruit orchard and commercial greenhouses. All students, as members of the FFA, participate in leadership activities and career exploration.


VETERINARY SCIENCE (ROP)

Grade Duration Credits Repeat Status
10-12 Year 5/5 Yes

Fulfills Requirements: Life or Physical Science, Applied Arts for SHS; for UC/CSU, g
Co-requisite: Agribusiness Occupations – see description below.
Course Description: This class combines both traditional classroom activities and “on-the-job” real-life experiences. The classroom portion provides a study of common healthcare of both small and large animals. Course work will include anatomy and physiology of domestic animals & livestock, nutrition, parasites, diseases–their causes and means of prevention. Guest lecturers, veterinarians, technicians, dog trainers & behaviorist and other industry individuals will provide additional knowledge of current practical experience that is implemented in today’s animal health fields. Laboratory activities focus on learning how to use the actual medical and laboratory equipment used in grooming shops and veterinary hospitals. Chemistry analysis of samples, fracture repair and surgical scrub and techniques are a few of the labs students will participate in. Participation in the student operated domestic animal grooming shop and management of a dog training and sport facility on campus offers essential safety training for handling animals while also providing skills needed for immediate employment opportunities in the animal care industry. Certificates of attendance and accomplishment are awarded through ROP for students who achieve prescribed levels of completion. All students, as members of the FFA, participate in leadership activities and career exploration.

SPECIAL STUDIES IN AGRICULTURE

Grade Duration Credits Repeat Status
11-12 Year 5/5 Yes, with teacher permission

Fulfills Requirements: Life/Physical Science, Applied Arts for SHS
Prerequisite: Completion of Adv. Ag and instructor permission; approval by the Assistant Principal of Guidance and Counseling before work is started.

Course Description:  Student will meet with the instructor to select the project and complete the contract. Items to be included will be the goals and objectives, methods of execution, evaluation criteria, and any other information necessary to specify the project and help insure its success. This is a chance for you to conduct independent research and study with the assistance of the instructor and the use of the Agriculture Department’s facilities. The program does not count as part of a student’s full-time status. All students, as members of the FFA, participate in leadership activities and career exploration.


AGRIBUSINESS OCCUPATIONS (ROP)

Grade Duration Credits Repeat Status
10-12 Year Variable Yes

Fulfills Requirements: Applied Arts for SH
Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in Advance ROP Agriculture class (Floral Design, Environmental Horticulture, Veterinary Science – see descriptions above).
Course Description: Experience is the key to future job success. It helps you get the job of your choice upon graduation, or can be the basis for selecting an appropriate college, or even qualify you for specialized training or college scholarships! While still in school, you will develop real-life experiences that give you an edge for success in today’s competitive world. You will practice and perfect things learned while enrolled in your advance ROP agriculture class. All projects are unique to your interests and desires.

 

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