Course Information

Students taking Agricultural Education classes should have the opportunity to participate in FFA, a student leadership association.

Agricultural Biotechnology (9-12) - 30.02.00.00.020

This course will provide students with an appreciation for living systems as applied to the science of food and fiber production and food processing. This course also describes and applies the principles and practices of biotechnology research and production, and will prepare individuals to apply this knowledge and skills as the solution to practical agricultural problems.

Agricultural Machinery Technology (12) - 30.01.00.00.020

This course, as a part of a Pathway sequence of courses in agricultural mechanics, is taught at the postsecondary level or as a concurrent enrollment course in the twelfth grade (currently offered at Utah State University only). This course or sequence of courses prepares individuals for employment with agricultural dealerships and companies in the areas of parts and service, as well as farm suppliers, feed and fertilizer agencies, corporate farms and ranches, and other related industries. The agricultural machinery technology program includes a cooperative occupational experience placement at the end of the first year of instruction.

Advanced Agricultural Mechanics (11-12) - 30.01.00.00.001

This course is designed to acquaint students with the basic core of mechanization knowledge and skills needed for a career in most agriculture or agricultural-related occupations.

Agricultural Science 1 (9-12) - 30.01.00.00.050

Strands and Standards
Students will develop knowledge and skills that will provide a foundation for courses in animal science, plant science, horticulture, natural resources, agricultural systems and technology, or Agricultural Science II. Topics covered will be basic animal, plant, and soil science; natural resources; food science technology; agribusiness; personal and leadership development; and agricultural career awareness. Through this course, students will develop agricultural literacy.

Agricultural Science 2 (10-12) - 30.01.00.00.060

Strands and Standards
Students will develop knowledge and skills in a wide range of basic animal and plant science principles, such as genetics, anatomy, physiology/nutrition, disease, pests, and management practices. Basic agribusiness principles as they relate to plant and animal production will also be covered. Career opportunities and educational preparation are examined. Learning activities are varied, with classroom, laboratory, and field experiences emphasized.

Agricultural Science 3 (11-12) - 30.01.00.00.070

Strands and Standards
Students will develop knowledge and skills in a wide range of advanced agricultural science studies. The scientific method is introduced and applied through experimentation and research. Selected animal and plant science principles are covered, such as genetics, health and well-being, diseases and pests, and management practices. Biotechnology and related applications are included, as are natural resources, the environment, and sustainability. The fundamentals of veterinary science are introduced. Career opportunities and needed educational preparation are examined. Learning activities are provided through classroom, laboratory, and supervised agricultural experience instruction.

Agricultural Science 4 (12) - 30.01.00.00.080

The fourth year of instruction provides for preparation for employment in agriculture. This course is more specific than Agricultural Science III, and is consistent with the student’s selection of his/her career choice in agriculture. The course is an articulation of the skills and knowledge taught in Agricultural Science I, II, and III. Agricultural mechanization, plant science, animal science, entomology, and plant pathology will be covered in the appropriate mix, as determined by local needs and adaptations.

Agricultural Science and Technology Application (9-12) - 30.02.00.00.030

An intensified course of agricultural skills as determined by local needs and job possibilities. Approval of specialized courses will be made individually as needed based on the annual development of a course outline and list of competencies. Instruction will include field or laboratory application of concepts.

Agricultural Systems and Technology 1 (9-12) - 30.01.00.00.030

Strands and Standards
Students will develop knowledge and skills in the application of principles and techniques of power, structural, and technical systems used in the agricultural industry, particularly agricultural production and service. Instruction includes classroom and laboratory learning and the application of the concepts taught through supervised agricultural experience. Students will develop basic skills in areas of hot and cold metal work, tool reconditioning, plumbing, painting, bill of materials preparation, small gas engines, and welding. The basic practices associated with soil and water management are included. Safety and proper use of tools and equipment will be emphasized.

Agricultural Systems and Technology 2 (10-12) - 30.01.00.00.040

Strands and Standards
Students will develop knowledge and skills in the application of principles and techniques of power, structural, and technical systems used in the agricultural industry. Emphasis will be on selecting, operating, maintaining, servicing, and using agricultural power units and equipment. The course also includes agricultural uses of concrete and electricity. Safety and the proper use of safe practices will be integrated throughout the instruction. The instructional methods will involve applications of concepts being taught through classroom and laboratory instruction and supervised agricultural experience. Note: This course builds on knowledge and skills developed in Agricultural Systems and Technology I.

Animal Science 1 (9-12) - 30.02.00.00.040

Strands and Standards
Students will develop knowledge and skills in a wide range of scientific principles, including genetics, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, disease, pests, and management practices. The scientific processes of observation, measurement, hypothesizing, data gathering, interpretation, analysis, and application are included. Career opportunities and educational preparation are examined. Learning activities are varied, with classroom, laboratory, and field experiences emphasized.

Animal Science 2 (11-12) - 30.02.00.00.001

Strands and Standards
Students will develop knowledge and skills in a wide range of animal agriculture principles, including anatomy and physiology, health maintenance, waste disposal, and facilities. The efficient production and effective management of selected animal enterprises are covered, including beef and dairy cattle, swine, sheep and goats, poultry, and equine. Practices in veterinary medicine and those associated with small animal care are included.

Aquaculture, Introduction (9-12) - 30.01.00.00.116

Strands and Standards
An instructional course that describes the scientific study of the husbandry of fish populations for recreational, ecological, and commercial purposes, and the application of such studies to the management of marine life resources and fisheries. The course includes instruction in principles of aquatic and marine biology, water resources, fishing production and management operations, fishing regulations, water quality monitoring, and the management of recreational and commercial fishing activities.

Aquaculture, Advanced (10-12) - 30.01.00.00.115

This course is a continuation of the introductory aquaculture course and provides for an articulation of the competencies covered in the first course. Emphasis will be on the management of fish and water resources and the management of recreational and commercial fishing activities.

Biology/Agricultural Science (9-12) - 30.02.00.00.050

Strands and Standards
This course is designed to meet the requirement for biological science credit. The standards and objectives for this course are the same as the standards and objectives for Biology, with the only difference being the degree of emphasis on agriculture. Students completing this course will be cognizant of current technologies, methods, and changes in agricultural science and are expected to know and apply the standards outlined in the core curriculum as they relate to the industry of agriculture.

Equine Science, Semester A (9-12) - 30.02.00.00.072

Strands and Standards
This course prepares students to care for horses and horse equipment; to train horses for various work and athletic or entertainment roles; and to manage horse training, breeding, and housing programs and facilities.

Equine Science, Semester B (9-12) - 30.02.00.00.074

Strands and Standards
This course prepares students to care for horses and horse equipment; to train horses for various work and athletic or entertainment roles; and to manage horse training, breeding, and housing programs and facilities.

Equine Science, Year (9-12) - 30.02.00.00.070

Strands and Standards
This course prepares students to care for horses and horse equipment; to train horses for various work and athletic or entertainment roles; and to manage horse training, breeding, and housing programs and facilities.

Floriculture (9-12) - 30.01.00.00.152

Strands and Standards
Students will develop knowledge and skills related to the floriculture industry. Floral design and management will be the primary units of study. Students will be prepared to create floral arrangements, grow floriculture crops, and manage commercial floriculture operations.

Floriculture and Greenhouse Management (9-12) - 30.01.00.00.150

Strands and Standards
Students will develop knowledge and skills related to the floriculture industry. Floral design and greenhouse operations and management will be the primary units of study. Students will be prepared to create floral arrangements, produce commercial plant species in a controlled environment, and manage commercial and experimental greenhouse operations.

Greenhouse Management (9-12) - 30.01.00.00.154

Strands and Standards
Students will develop knowledge and skills related to the floriculture industry. Floral design and greenhouse operations and management will be the primary units of study. Students will be prepared to create floral arrangements, produce commercial plant species in a controlled environment, and manage commercial and experimental greenhouse operations.

Landscape Management (9-12) - 30.01.00.00.160

Strands and Standards
Students will develop knowledge and skills in nursery operation and landscape management practices that will prepare the students to select appropriate plant materials and to design, install, and maintain interior and exterior plantings and hardscapes. They will also learn to maintain the facilities and equipment associated with this industry.

Natural Resource Science 1, Semester (9-12) - 30.03.00.00.003

Strands and Standards
Students will develop knowledge and skills related to production management and conservation of natural resources. Major units will include ecology, range resources, waste management, and land use. Field and laboratory experiences will be emphasized.

Natural Resource Science 1 (9-12) - 30.03.00.00.001

Strands and Standards
Students will develop knowledge and skills related to production management and conservation of natural resources. Major units will include ecology, range resources, waste management, and land use. Field and laboratory experiences will be emphasized.

Natural Resource Science 2 (10-12) - 30.03.00.00.010

Strands and Standards
Students will develop knowledge and skills related to the biological, environmental, and economic importance of renewable natural resources. Forest and range products and their benefits are included. Field and laboratory experiences will be emphasized.

Nursery Operation (9-12) - 30.01.00.00.165

Strands and Standards
Students will develop knowledge and skills in nursery operation and landscape management practices that will prepare the students to select appropriate plant materials and to design, install, and maintain interior and exterior plantings and hardscapes. They will also learn to maintain the facilities and equipment associated with this industry.

Ornamental Horticulture, Applied (12) - 30.01.00.00.110

This course, as a part of a Pathway sequence of courses in Ornamental Horticulture, is taught at the postsecondary level or as a concurrent enrollment course in the twelfth grade (currently offered at Utah State University only). This course or sequence of courses provides practical training in greenhouse and nursery management, turf production and maintenance, floral design, and maintenance of home and commercial grounds. Course work includes pest control, plant identification, design / installation / maintenance of landscapes, management of small business, and the operation and maintenance of equipment, including small gas engines. As an integral part of their training, students are provided with on-the-job experience in a greenhouse, nursery, floral shop, or landscaping company.

Plant and Soil Science 1 (9-12) - 30.02.00.00.080

Strands and Standards
Students will develop knowledge and skills in a wide range of scientific principles, such as genetics, disease, pests, and management practices. The scientific processes of observation, measurement, hypothesizing, data gathering, interpretation, analysis, and application are stressed. Career opportunities and educational preparation are examined. Learning activities are varied, with classroom, laboratory, and field experiences emphasized.

Plant and Soil Science 2 (10-12) - 30.02.00.00.010

Strands and Standards
Students will develop knowledge and skills in advanced areas of plant and soil science, including range resource management. The instruction will also include the importance of biotechnology in crop production. Students will also learn to identify common weeds, diseases, and insect pests.

Small and Companion Animal Science (9-12) - 30.01.00.00.005

Strands and Standards
This class is a look at the relationship between humans and their companion animals.  Species we learn about include: dog, horse and cats, with an emphasis on dogs. The curriculum will cover a broad variety of areas include:  zoology, animal behavior, training and learning theories, genetics and health care, animal husbandry, animal rescue, competition events and career exploration.  Students will also learn about the role of FFA as it relates to companion animals.

Veterinary Assistant 1 (11-12) - 30.02.00.00.090

Strands and Standards
This course provides the opportunity for students to explore different avenues of the veterinary profession. Students will be exposed to veterinary science and principles which include anatomy, physiology, chemistry, animal health and disease, dentistry and laboratory procedures. Students will provide hands-on care as they develop skills in the areas of surgical assisting, bandaging, wound care, oral care, and general nursing care.

Veterinary Assistant 2 (11-12) - 30.02.00.00.095

Strands and Standards
This course provides the opportunity for students to explore different avenues of the veterinary profession. Students will be exposed to veterinary science and principles which include anatomy, physiology, chemistry, animal health and disease, dentistry and laboratory procedures. Students will provide hands-on care as they develop skills in the areas of surgical assisting, bandaging, wound care, oral care, and general nursing care.

Welding Technician, Entry Level (9-12) - 40.10.00.00.110

Strands and Standards
Students will learn basic welding skills that will prepare them to apply technical knowledge and skill in the workplace and in project construction. Students will learn and practice knowledge, attitude, skills, and habits required for performing tasks autonomously, including the selection and use of appropriate techniques and equipment with minimum supervision.

Welding Technician, Intermediate Level (10-12) - 40.10.00.00.112

Strands and Standards
Students will learn intermediate welding skills that will prepare them to apply technical knowledge and skill in the workplace and in project construction. Students will learn and practice knowledge, attitude, skills, and habits required for performing tasks autonomously, including the selection and use of appropriate techniques and equipment with minimum supervision.

Welding Technician, Advanced Level (11-12) - 40.10.00.00.114

Strands and Standards
Students will learn more advanced skills in the welding processes that will prepare them to apply technical knowledge and skill in the workplace and in project construction. Students will learn and practice knowledge, attitude, skills, and habits required to perform tasks autonomously and with minimum supervision, including the selection and use of appropriate techniques and equipment.