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Environmental Agriculture & Natural Resources

CASE AGRICULTURE ENGINEERING

INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE, FOOD, AND NATURAL RESOURCES (A1020) Grade Level 9
Students’ experiences in AFNR will involve the study of communication, sciences of agriculture, plants, animals, natural resources, and agricultural mechanics. While surveying the opportunities available in agriculture and natural resources, students will learn to solve problems, conduct research, analyze data, work in teams, and take responsibility for their work, actions, and learning. For example, students will work in groups to determine the efficiency and environmental impacts of fuel sources in a practical learning exercise. Students will investigate, experiment, and learn about documenting a project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community. Students will connect their lessons and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) and FFA.

AGRICULTURE POWER AND TECHNOLOGY (A1081) Grade Level 10
The focus of Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) is to expose to students to mechanics, power, technology, and career options in the world of agriculture. Students participating in the APT course will have experiences in various mechanical and engineering concepts with exciting hands-on activities, projects, and problems. Student’s experiences will involve the study of energy, tool operation and safety, material properties, machine operation, and structural components. Students will acquire the basic skills to operate, repair, engineer, and design agricultural tools and equipment and apply the engineering principles to the construction of machines and structures. Students will investigate, experiment, and learn about documenting a project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

MECHANICAL SYSTEMS IN AGRICULTURE (A1082) Grade Level 11
The Mechanical Systems in Agriculture course is designed to provide rigorous applications in the agricultural engineering field. Throughout the course, students apply technical and engineering skills while becoming competent in the processes used to operate, repair, engineer, and design agricultural structures, engines, and equipment. Students practice technical skills including reading prints, troubleshooting machines, documenting an engine tear down and assembly, reading schematics, researching machine replacement parts, and calculating production efficiencies. The engineering portion of the course includes prototype development, computer aided design (CAD), 3D printing, documentation of machine processes, machine automation and programming, testing designs for structural integrity, and calculating machine speed and power. Students will maintain an Engineering Notebook throughout the course documenting their experiences in the shop and laboratory. Research and engineering design will be highlighted as students develop and conduct industry appropriate engineering projects. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Agriculture Power and Technology

AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS, RESEARCH, AND DEVELOPMENT (A1023) Accelerated Credit, Grade Level 12
The Agricultural Business, Research, and Development course will serve as the Curriculum in Agriculture Science Education (CASE™) capstone course. Instruction and continued inquiry-based projects are designed to integrate key learning from previous CASE™ courses and have students apply them to real-world career situations through Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects or other internship/ work-based learning opportunities. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Mechanical Systems in Agriculture
 

CASE NATURAL RESOURCES

INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE, FOOD, AND NATURAL RESOURCES (A1020/A1020SM) Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
Students’ experiences in AFNR will involve the study of communication, sciences of agriculture, plants, animals, natural resources, and agricultural mechanics. While surveying the opportunities available in agriculture and natural resources, students will learn to solve problems, conduct research, analyze data, work in teams, and take responsibility for their work, actions, and learning. For example, students will work in groups to determine the efficiency and environmental impacts of fuel sources in a practical learning exercise. Students will investigate, experiment, and learn about documenting a project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community. Students will connect their lessons and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) and FFA.

NATURAL RESOURCES AND ECOLOGY (A2100SM) Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
This course is a foundation course within the CASE sequence of courses. The course provides students a variety of experiences in the fields of natural resources and ecology. Students will explore hands-on projects and activities while studying topics such as land use, water quality, stewardship, and environmental agencies. Study of the natural world including biomes, land, air, water, energy, use and care as well as a focus on issues surrounding man’s interaction with the Earth will be addressed in this course. Students will select an ecosystem to study throughout the course and apply principles of natural resources and ecology from each unit of study to that ecosystem.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE ISSUES (A2101SM) Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
Students will complete hands-on activities, projects, and problems that simulate actual concepts and situations found in the environmental science field, allowing students to build content knowledge and technical skills. Students will investigate areas of environmental science including ecosystem management, sustainable agriculture, energy choices, and pollution. Students are immersed in inquiry-based exercises filled with activities, projects, and problems, which develop data acquisition and analysis techniques, critical thinking and evaluation abilities related to environmental issues, as well as independent research and problem solving.

AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS, RESEARCH, AND DEVELOPMENT (A1023/A1023SM) Accelerated Credit, Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
The Agricultural Business, Research, and Development course will serve as the Curriculum in Agriculture Science Education (CASE™) capstone course. Instruction and continued inquiry-based projects are designed to integrate key learning from previous CASE™ courses and have students apply them to real-world career situations through Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects or other internship/ work-based learning opportunities.

CASE PLANT SCIENCE

INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE, FOOD, AND NATURAL RESOURCES (A1020/A1020SM) Grade Level 9, 10
Students’ experiences in AFNR will involve the study of communication, sciences of agriculture, plants, animals, natural resources, and agricultural mechanics. While surveying the opportunities available in agriculture and natural resources, students will learn to solve problems, conduct research, analyze data, work in teams, and take responsibility for their work, actions, and learning. For example, students will work in groups to determine the efficiency and environmental impacts of fuel sources in a practical learning exercise. Students will investigate, experiment, and learn about documenting a project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community. Students will connect their lessons and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) and FFA.

PRINCIPLES OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE - PLANT SCIENCE (A1021) Grade Level 9, 10
The course is structured to enable all students to have a variety of experiences that will provide an overview of the field of agricultural science with a foundation in plant science. Students will work in teams, exploring hands-on projects and activities, to learn the characteristics of plant science and work on major projects and problems similar to those that plant science specialists, such as horticulturists, agronomists, greenhouse and nursery managers and producers, and plant research specialists face in their respective careers. Students will investigate, experiment, and learn about documenting a project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community. In addition, students will connect the Plant Science lessons and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) and FFA. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

ANIMAL AND PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY (A1022) Grade Level 10,11
The students study in biotechnology through biochemistry, safety and laboratory techniques, regulations, laws, and ethics, biotechnology research, DNA/gene transfer, emerging technology, microbial biotechnology, and transgenic material. The implications for agriculture will be learned through biofuels, embryo transfer, micropropagation, and biotechnology products and services. Students will also look to the future as they learn about careers and participate in Supervised Agricultural Experience programs (SAE). Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Principles of Agriculture Science – Plant Science

AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS, RESEARCH, AND DEVELOPMENT (A1023/A1023SM) Accelerated Credit Grade Level 11,12
The Agricultural Business, Research, and Development course will serve as the Curriculum in Agriculture Science Education (CASE™) capstone course. Instruction and continued inquiry-based projects are designed to integrate key learning from previous CASE™ courses and have students apply them to real-world career situations through Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects or other internship/ work-based learning opportunities. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Animal and Plant Biotechnology


ANIMAL SCIENCE ACADEMY

AGRICULTURE SCIENCE (A921/A921SM) Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
Agriculture Science is designed to explore the basic theory and uses of biotechnology in modern agriculture sciences. Course content focuses on plant and animal improvement, disease and insect control, integrated pest management, aquiculture, aquaculture, genetic engineering, embryo transplants, and other modern veterinary practices. Students are expected to research new developments in life science.

PRODUCTION AND COMPANION ANIMALS (A1013/A1013SM) Grade Level 10, 11, 12
This course is a general introduction to the industry associated with large production and small companion animals, its history, the careers available, and the importance of safety and the environment. Marketing and management of animal agriculture through selection, breeding, feeding and food safety, health, housing, and equipment are emphasized (animal pathway course). Prerequisite: Foundations of Environmental/Agricultural Science

VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY (A1007/A1007SM) Grade Level 10, 11, 12
In this course, the areas of study include comparative anatomy and physiology of body systems, identification and prevention of disease, nutrition, clinical examination of animals, and basic principles of animal surgery. Students study advanced work in animal health and reproduction, as well as immunology, public health, and environmental controls (animal pathway course). Prerequisite: Foundations of Environmental/Agricultural Science
 

BIOTECHNOLOGY (A868/A868SM) Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
Biotechnology students study genetic engineering and how gene technology is transforming agriculture while making advances in medicine for humans, animals, and plants. Available at CSHS. This course is a prerequisite for the Environ/Ag Academy. Prerequisite: Honors Biology

ENVIRONMENTAL AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE ACADEMY - ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLETER

AGRICULTURE SCIENCE (A921/A921SM) Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
Agriculture Science is designed to explore the basic theory and uses of biotechnology in modern agriculture sciences. Course content focuses on plant and animal improvement, disease and insect control, integrated pest management, aquiculture, aquaculture, genetic engineering, embryo transplants, and other modern veterinary practices. Students are expected to research

AQUATICS AND WILDLIFE (A1014/A1014SM) Grade Level 11, 12
The Aquatics and Wildlife course introduces the student to wildlife, both aquatic and land-dwelling, in the eastern United States. Students learn identification, habits, habitat requirements, and ecosystem/food chain interactions in freshwater and marine ecosystems and wetlands. The course also covers the history of management practices and policies and the benefits gained from aquatics & wildlife as well as managing aquatic and wildlife populations, habitat evaluation, and outdoor safety. The course covers public policies and government laws pertaining to wildlife and aquatic management, aquaculture structure, and equipment. Students explore career opportunities in aquatic and wildlife management (Environmental-Natural Resources pathway course). Prerequisite: Foundations of Environmental/Agricultural Science

FORESTRY, SOILS AND THE ENVIRONMENT (A1015/A1015SM) Grade Level 11, 12
In this course, students learn the basics of soils as a complex system of organic and inorganic substances. Topics include the roles of biogeochemical cycles and microbial habitat. Students also study the formation of soil, their capability classes, and series. Students study types of soil erosion and methods to control erosion on agricultural and non-agricultural lands. The study of forests provides a broad, basic introduction to dendrology (botanical study of trees) and silvaculture (study of forests), from the earliest uses of forests to the latest methods in the field. Topics include conservation, forest and wildlife management, energy and resources, tree harvesting, damage caused by fire, and control of weather, insects, animals, and diseases. Major emphasis is placed on tree identification, employment opportunities, forest products, wood characteristics, safety practices, and business methods relating to forestry. Students explore career opportunities (Environmental-Natural Resources pathway course). Prerequisite: Foundations of Environmental/Agricultural Science
 

HORTICULTURE

AGRICULTURE SCIENCE (A921/A921SM) Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
Agriculture Science is designed to explore the basic theory and uses of biotechnology in modern agriculture sciences. Course content focuses on plant and animal improvement, disease and insect control, integrated pest management, aquiculture, aquaculture, genetic engineering, embryo transplants, and other modern veterinary practices. Students are expected to research new developments in life science.

HORTICULTURE SCIENCE (A922/A922SM) Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
Horticulture Science students study how plants grow and are used in daily life. This course includes greenhouse management, plant propagation, plant nutrition, plant reproduction, vegetable and fruit gardening, care of houseplants, insects, and disease control. Prerequisite: Agricultural Science

GREENHOUSE (A1002/A1002SM) Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
In this course, students develop skills in the proper use of scientific procedures and critical thinking skills within the green industry. Emphasis is placed on the study of the types of plant growing structures, financing, location and sizing of greenhouse facilities, controlling the greenhouse environment and its effect on plant development. Growing medias, plant nutrition and watering, plant pest/pathology, plant propagation, and the growing and marketing of greenhouse crops are also addressed (plant pathway course). Prerequisite: Horticulture

NURSERY LANDSCAPE/TURF MANAGEMENT (A923/A923SM) Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
Nursery Landscape/Turf Management acquaints students with the three major branches of the landscape industry: design, installation, and management. In the turf grass component of the course, students study the installation and maintenance of turf grass and the use and service of equipment. Prerequisite: Horticulture Science

ADVANCED FLORAL DESIGN (A1071/A1071SM) Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
Advanced Floral Design teaches students basic elements and principles of design while familiarizing them with the material and tools of floral design. Professionally designed floral designs, arrangements or artwork incorporate the elements of floral design: line, form, space, texture, and color, and the principles of floral design: balance, proportion, rhythm, contrast, harmony, and unity. Proper use of the color wheel will be taught and used to select color schemes for construction of basic geometric arrangements, corsages, and boutonnieres. Students will learn to identify and care for flowers, while learning to select quality materials in design, construction, and marketing of floral products.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

AGRICULTURE SCIENCE (A921/A921SM) Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
Agriculture Science is designed to explore the basic theory and uses of biotechnology in modern agriculture sciences. Course content focuses on plant and animal improvement, disease and insect control, integrated pest management, aquiculture, aquaculture, genetic engineering, embryo transplants, and other modern veterinary practices. Students are expected to research new developments in life science.

FISH/WILDLIFE (A909/A909SM) Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
Fish/Wildlife introduces students to wildlife in the Eastern United States. Students learn identification, habits, habitat requirements, and ecosystem/food chain interactions. Students study the physical characteristics of the oceans, estuaries, and freshwater systems. The history of wildlife management practices and policies and the benefits gained from wildlife are also covered. Fish/ Wildlife places emphasis on managing wildlife populations, habitat evaluation, and outdoor safety. Public policies and government laws pertaining to wildlife management are also covered. Career opportunities in wildlife management are explored. Prerequisite: Agriculture Science

FORESTRY/SOILS (A920/A920SM) Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
Forestry/Soils provides a broad, basic introduction to dendrology and silviculture from the earliest uses of forests to the latest methods in the field. Topics considered include: conservation, forest and wildlife management, energy and resources, tree harvesting, damage caused by fire, and control of weather, insects, animals, and diseases. Major emphasis is placed on tree identification, employment opportunities, forest products, wood characteristics, safety practices, and business methods relating to forestry. Students study the formation of soils, their capability classes, and series. Types of soil erosion and methods to control the erosion on agricultural and non-agricultural lands are also discussed. Career opportunities are explored. Prerequisite: Agriculture Science

INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE (A1080/A1080SM) Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture is a one-semester course designed for students interested in exploring sustainable methods of agriculture to minimize the impacts of conventional agricultural practices on the natural environment. Students will research the diverse viewpoints associated with different aspects of agriculture, and agricultural sustainability, from various natural science perspectives, as well as other disciplines. In addition, students will critically examine some of the intended and unintended consequences of agriculture, and the various questions these raise about sustainability. Examples will be drawn from current and historical practices of agriculture. This course is a possible dual credit. This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to earn college credit. Prerequisite: Forestry/Soils and Fish/Wildlife

POWER MECHANICS

AGRICULTURE SCIENCE (A921/A921SM) Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
Agriculture Science is designed to explore the basic theory and uses of biotechnology in modern agriculture sciences. Course content focuses on plant and animal improvement, disease and insect control, integrated pest management, aquiculture, aquaculture, genetic engineering, embryo transplants, and other modern veterinary practices. Students are expected to research new developments in life science.

POWER MECHANICS I (A865/A865SM) Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
Power Mechanics I is designed to familiarize students with the basic theory and specialized skills relative to mechanics in the diverse field of agriculture. Skills are developed in the areas of safety, material planning, tool identification and use, carpentry, electricity, painting, small gasoline engines, welding, and leadership. Prerequisite: Agricultural Science

POWER MECHANICS II (A866/A866SM) Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
Power Mechanics II is designed as an in-depth study of mechanics in agriculture. Students receive additional training in the areas studied in Power Mechanics I. Additional training is offered in tool fitting, metalworking and welding. Prerequisite: Power Mechanics I

Power Mechanics Capstone (A   ) Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
This would be a culminating capstone course that reviews all welding related instruction and provides students with the environment and supplemental instruction to practice and demonstrate all of the welding techniques required on the AWS certification test. This course will also serve as concurrent instruction if a student wishes to enter an apprenticeship.