Agricultural Education

Courses from Career and Technical Education (CTE) can be used to meet the 2 Elective Credits or the 4 Elective credit in a four course concentration (examples - 4 Agricultural, etc)
"Notice: Within some Agricultural Education courses, students may be exposed to animals as relating to the essential standards of specific course(s)."
*Denotes Second Level (Advanced) Courses

Agriscience Applications (AU102X0A) 1CR

 

This course is a prerequisite to all Agriculture courses.
Course Description: This course focuses on integrating biological/physical sciences with technology as related to the environment, natural resources, food production, science and agribusiness. Topics of instruction include agricultural awareness and literacy, leadership and FFA, employability skills, introduction to all aspects of the total agricultural industry. Skills in biology, language, writing, computers, math, and physics are reinforced in this course. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are field trips, shadowing, agriscience projects, and supervised agricultural experience. Supervised agricultural experience programs and FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for practical application of instructional competencies.

Sustainable Agricultural Production I (AU212X0A) 1CR

Course Description: This course focuses on the increasingly complex world of producing enough food and fiber to meet the growing world demand and at the same time maintain ecological balance and conserve our natural resources.  Students will explore implementing environmentally sound practices in agricultural production to satisfy the needs of a growing population for today and tomorrow. A breadth of topics including: crop and animal production, natural resource management, agroforestry, food safety, and the farm to fork continuum will set the educational stage for this course.  English language arts, mathematics, and science are reinforced.

*Sustainable Agricultural Production II (AU222X0A) 1CR

Prerequisite:  Agricultural Production I
Course Description: This course expands on the complexity of producing enough food and fiber to meet the world demand and at the same time maintain an economical balance and conserve our natural resources. Students will explore the U.S. food system and how agriculture impacts the quality of life at all levels as well as the energy resources necessary to meet these needs. Twenty first century topics such as precision agriculture, biotechnology, bioinformatics, plant and animal breeding, apiculture, aquaponics, hydroponics, vermicomposting and food safety will be explored as to their role in a sustainable society. Students will discuss marketing strategies for agricultural products and develop a business plan for a sustainable grower. English language arts, mathematics, and science are reinforced.

Animal Science I (AA212X0A) 1CR

Course Description: This course focuses on the basic scientific principles and processes that are involved in animal physiology, breeding, nutrition, and care in preparation for an animal science career major. Topics include introduction to animal science, animal nutrition, animal science issues, career opportunities, and animal evaluation. Skills in biology, chemistry, and algebra are reinforced in this course. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are agriscience projects, internships, and supervised agricultural experience. Supervised agricultural experience programs and FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for practical application of instructional competencies.

*Animal Science II (AA222X0A) 1CR / *Animal Science II Honors (AA225X0H) 1CR (.5 GPA Pt) / Animal Science II Large Animal Honors (AA225X0HNL) 1CR (.5 GPA PT)

Location: Honors at NIHS & ASEC only
Large Animal at LNHS only
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite:  Animal Science I
Course Description: This course includes more advanced scientific principles and communication skills than were developed in Animal Science I. Topics include animal waste management, animal science economics, decision making, global concerns in the industry, genetics, and breeding. Content knowledge in biology, chemistry, and algebra are reinforced in this class. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are agriscience projects, internship, cooperative education, apprenticeship, and supervised agricultural experience. Supervised agricultural experience programs and FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for practical application of instructional competencies.

*Animal Science II—Small Animal (AA232X0A) 1CR / *Animal Science II—Small Animal Honors (AA235X0H) 1CR (.5 GPA Pt)

Locations: Honors at NIHS & ASEC only
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite:  Animal Science I
Course Description: This course provides instruction on animal husbandry topics related to small animals that are served by a veterinarian. Content related to the breeding, grooming, care and marketing of animals that fit into this category will be covered through this course. Opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience will be included in the course and reinforced through work-based learning and leadership experiences. Supervised Agricultural Experience programs and FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for practical application of instructional competencies.

Equine Science I (AA312X0A) 1CR

Course Description: This course focuses on the basic scientific principles and processes related to equine physiology, breeding, nutrition and care in preparation for a career in the equine industry. Skills in biology, chemistry and mathematics are reinforced in this course. Opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience will be included in this course through work-based learning and leadership experiences. Supervised agricultural experience programs and FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course.

*Equine Science II (AA322X0A) 1CR

 

Prerequisite:  Equine Science I
Course Description: This course focuses on more advanced applications of feeding, breeding, and management practices involved in the horse industry. Content knowledge in biology, chemistry, and algebra are reinforced in this class. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are agriscience projects, internships, and supervised agricultural experience. Supervised agricultural experience programs and FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course.

Agricultural Mechanics I (AS312X0A) 1CR

Course Description: This course develops knowledge and technical skills in the broad field of agricultural machinery, equipment, and structures. The primary purpose of this course is to prepare students to handle the day-to-day problems, accidents, and repairs needs they will encounter in their chosen agricultural career. Topics include agricultural mechanics safety, agricultural engineering career opportunities, hand/power tool use and selection, electrical wiring, basic metal working, basic agricultural construction skills related to concrete and carpentry, basic welding, and leadership development. Skills in physics, geometry, and algebra are reinforced in this course. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are agriscience projects, field trips, shadowing, and supervised agricultural experience. Supervised agricultural experience programs and FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for practical application of instructional competencies.

*Agricultural Mechanics II (AS322X0A) 1CR / *Agricultural Mechanics II Honors (AS325X0H) 1CR (.5 GPA Pt)

 

Location: Honors at NIHS only
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite:  Agricultural Mechanics I
Course Description: This course expands upon the knowledge and skills learned in Agricultural Mechanics I. The topics of instruction emphasized are non-metallic agricultural fabrication techniques, metal fabrication technology, safe tool and equipment use, human resource development, hot/cold metal working skills and technology, advanced welding and metal cutting skills, working with plastics, and advanced career exploration/decision making. Skills in physics, geometry, and algebra are reinforced in this course. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are agriscience projects, internships, cooperative education, apprenticeship, and supervised agricultural experience. Supervised agricultural experience programs and FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for practical application of instructional competencies.

*Agricultural Mechanics II—Small Engines (AS332X0A) 1CR

Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite:  Agricultural Mechanics I
Course Description: This course provides hands-on instruction and emphasizes small engine systems including the compression, fuel, electrical, cooling and lubrication systems. Troubleshooting methods are emphasized and students learn how to select engines for specific applications. Safety skills will be emphasized as well as leadership development and work-based learning. Opportunities exist for students to participate in internships or apprenticeships as small engine technicians. Supervised Agricultural Experience programs and FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for practical application of instructional competencies.

Veterinary Assisting (AA415X0A) 1CR (.5 GPA Pt)

Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite:  Animal Science I, Animal Science II (preferably small animals)
Course Description: This course provides instruction for students desiring a career in animal medicine. Topics include proper veterinary practice management and client relations, pharmacy and laboratory procedure, enhancement of animal care learned in previous animal courses, and surgical/radiological procedures. Advanced FFA leadership will be infused throughout the curriculum to develop the student’s ability to work with the public. All aspects of this course will have hands-on skill sets that will be enforced with 200 hours working in animal medicine throughout all animal courses in high school. Applied mathematics, science, writing, and skill sets are integrated throughout the curriculum.
Students will learn the material in order to be prepared for the Veterinary Assisting exam developed by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. With successful completion of the exam, students will become an approved Veterinary Assistant and be recognized with an AVA designation.

Horticulture I (AP412X0A) 1CR

Course Description: This course provides instruction on the broad field of horticulture with emphasis on the scientific and technical knowledge for a career in horticulture. Topics in this course include plant growth and development, plant nutrition, media selection, basic plant identification, pest management, chemical disposal, customer relations, career opportunities, and leadership development. Skills in biology, chemistry, and algebra are reinforced in this course. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are agriscience projects, internships, and supervised agricultural experience. Supervised agricultural experience programs and FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for practical application of instructional competencies.

*Horticulture II (AP422X0A) 1CR / *Horticulture II Honors (AP425X0H) 1CR (.5 GPA Pt)

Location: Honors at NIHS only
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite:  Horticulture I
Course Description: This course covers instruction that expands the scientific knowledge and skills developed in Horticulture I to include more advanced scientific, computation, and communication skills needed in the horticulture industry. Topics include greenhouse plant production and management, bedding plant production, watering systems, light effects, basic landscape design, installation and maintenance, lawn and turfgrass management career planning, and leadership/personal development. Skills in biology, chemistry, and algebra are reinforced in this class. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are agriscience projects, cooperative education, apprenticeship, and supervised agricultural experience. Supervised agricultural experience programs and FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for practical application of instructional competencies.

*Horticulture II—Landscape Construction (AP442X0A) 1CR

Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite:  Horticulture I
Course Description: This course provides hands on instruction and emphasizes safety skills needed by landscape technicians in the field. This course is based on the North Carolina Landscape Contractors’ Association skill standards for a Certified Landscape Technician. Students are instructed in interpreting landscape designs, identifying landscape plants, and planting/maintaining trees, shrubs and turf. Landscape construction is emphasized in the areas of grading and drainage, irrigation, paver installation and the use/maintenance of landscape equipment. Current topic discussions provide students an understanding of careers and the employability skills needed to enter the landscape industry. Opportunities exist for students to conduct internships or apprenticeships as landscape technicians. Supervised Agricultural Experience programs and FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for practical application of instructional competencies.

*Horticulture II-Turf Grass (AP432X0A) 1CR

Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite:  Horticulture I
This course provides hands-on instruction and emphasizes eight units of instruction including: fundamentals of soils and pests; environmental issues related to turf management; landscape basics; lawn care and turf production; golf course management; sports turf and turf irrigation; turf equipment and maintenance; and human resources and financial management. Safety skills will be emphasized as well as leadership development and work-based learning. Opportunities exist for students to conduct internships or apprenticeships related to landscaping, lawn care, and golf course management.

Biotechnology & Agriscience Research I (AU716X0A) 1CR

Grade Level: 11-12
Course Description: This course provides instruction in the technologically advanced world of agriculture and life sciences. Students are exposed to the latest techniques and advances in plant and animal biotechnology with a strong emphasis on hands-on activities. English language arts, mathematics, and science are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are apprenticeship, cooperative education, mentorship, school-based enterprise, service learning, job shadowing, and supervised agricultural experience. FFA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences. Agriscience Applications is recommended as preparation for this course.

*Biotechnology & Agriscience Research II (AY726X0A) 1CR

Prerequisite:  Biotechnology & Agriscience Research I
Course Description: This course provides instruction in laboratory and safety skills needed by agricultural research scientists. Current applications of biotechnology in animal science, environmental science, food science and plant science are emphasized. Basic concepts of genetics and microbiology are applied to the agriculture industry and its success in providing food and fiber for the world. Opportunities exist for students to conduct individual or team research experiments. Hands-on laboratories and current topic discussions provide students an understanding of careers in agriscience research. English language arts, mathematics, and science are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are apprenticeship, cooperative education, internship, mentorship, school-based enterprise, service learning, job shadowing, and supervised agricultural experience. FFA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

Environmental & Natural Resources I (AN512X0EN) 1CR

Description: This course provides an introduction to environmental studies, which includes topics of instruction in renewable and non-renewable natural resources, history of the environment, personal development, water and air quality, waste management, land use regulations, soils, meteorology, fisheries, forestry, and wildlife habitat. Skills in biology and algebra are reinforced in this class. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are agriscience projects, field trips, shadowing, and supervised agricultural experience. Supervised agricultural experience programs and FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for practical application of instructional competencies.

Environmental & Natural Resources II (AN522X0EN) 1CR

Prerequisite: Environmental & Natural Resources I
Description: This course covers instruction in best management practices in methods of environmental monitoring and conservation, air and water regulations, sampling methodologies, prescribing conservation techniques, and wildlife and forestry management. English language arts, mathematics, and science are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are apprenticeship, cooperative education, entrepreneurship, internship, mentorship, school-based enterprise, service learning, job shadowing, and supervised agricultural experience. FFA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

Agricultural Advanced Studies (CS952X0AG) 1CR

Prerequisite:  Three technical credits in the Agricultural Resources Pathway including a level I Agricultural Education course
Course Description: This is a three-phased exit course that is career-focused for seniors in agricultural education. The three components of the program include a research paper, a product, and a presentation. Students demonstrate their ability to use content and apply knowledge to real-world situations in a career major. In addition, they will also demonstrate their ability to write, speak, apply knowledge, problem-solve, and use life skills such as time management, planning, follow-through, and organization. Students work under the guidance of a teacher facilitator in collaboration with community members, business representatives and other school-based personnel.