Design and Soil Science (Prerequisite:
Passed General Science)
This course will cover landscape design principals, landscape plant identification and the development of landscape plans on paper and using computer landscape programs. This course will include some actual landscape work. Soil analysis, plant nutrition, land use issues, crop management and turf grass management will also be covered. 1 credit - 6 periods/cycle.
(Offered even number years - Example: 2002/2003)
and Food Science
This course will address issues and scientific concepts relating to food production. Aquaculture will include raising fish and water quality testing in a 300-gallon fish tank. The course will also cover how milk is produced and processed, and study in hydroponics (growing plants without soil). Food research, nutrition, processing, and development will also be covered. 1 credit - 6 periods/cycle.
(Offered odd number years - Example: 2003/2004)
Management and Marketing
This is a good course for anyone to take who thinks he/she may want to operate his/her own business. Students will select a business area and develop a comprehensive "Business Plan." The business plan will include areas such as target market analysis, advertising techniques/plans, and the use of several financial analysis tools. Other topics will include trading commodities (including a simulation), logistics planning and International trade. NOTE: Agribusiness topics relating to food, animals, plants, and engineering will be used as examples, but students may select a business plan in any appropriate career area. 1 credit - 6 periods/cycle.
Small Engines and Welding (Prerequisite: None)
In this class students will have class and hands-on lab time in small engines and welding. The course will cover gas and diesel engine operation, troubleshooting, repair, and applied scientific principles relating to engines. Students will disassemble and rebuild a 3 HP Briggs & Stratton motor. Welding will cover electricity, welder operation, and metals. Students will perform several welds using stick electrode arc welding, oxy-acetylene, and MIG welding. 1 credit - 6 periods/cycle.
Mechanics (Prerequisite: None)
Students will have class and "hands-on" lab time in electrical wiring, plumbing, roofing, and masonry projects. Projects will include wiring boards and switches, plugs, and lights (residential). A Plumbing project will join four types of pipe (of course part of the grade will be testing for leaks!). Other activities will include laying shingles and the laying of a concrete block wall. This class may also include time for construction of projects. 1 credit - 6 periods/cycle.
Resources, Forestry, & Wildlife Management (Prerequisite:
Topics covered include study in forest management, tree identification, wildlife habitat, orienteering, alternative energy sources, Chesapeake Bay, nuclear power, land use planning, parks & recreation, waste management and water treatment. This course includes field studies at Sam Lewis, local water areas and Modern Landfill. 1 credit - 6 periods/cycle.
Passed General Science)
Students will learn basic science including plant anatomy, requirements for growth, growth stimulants and retardants, plant hormones and plant reproduction. Students will conduct experiments in reproducing plants using seeds, cuttings, grafting and tissue culture. In addition to basic greenhouse management principles, the students will grow and experiment with bedding plants, vegetables, and various ornamentals. students will also learn about designing and maintaining the home garden. 1 credit - 6 periods/cycle.
Science, Nutrition, & Reproduction
(Prerequisite: Passed General Science)
Students will learn basic animal science including breed identification, anatomy, function of animal systems, design of balanced ratios, genetics and reproduction. Study will focus around the major agricultural species; horses, cattle, sheep, swine and chickens. Others may cover as per student interest. Students will conduct experiments in feeding and nutrition, embryology and genetics. Students will also conduct experiments on products produced by these animals such as meat, milk, eggs and wool. A section on veterinary medicine and pet care will also be presented. 1 credit - 6 periods/cycle.
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