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Environmental and Natural Resource Management

AGRICULTURAL & BIOSYSTEMS SCIENCE
Grade: 10, 11 Semesters: 1 Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Algebra 1, English 1

The Agricultural and Biosystems Science course is designed to teach essential concepts and understanding related to skills needed in pursuing a career in a biotechnology field. Emphasis is placed on scientific research and development and how it can be used to create
the future advancements in Agriculture. In addition the course will teach the basic principles of plant and animal science as well as the role of agriculture in our society and the importance of agriculture to the welfare of the world. Basic personal and community leadership and safety practices are included as a part of the instructional program. Each student is expected to design and participate in a supervised agricultural experience. Students must be prepared to work outside in various weather and climate conditions.



BIOSYSTEMS MECHANICS & ENGINEERING
Grade: 10, 11 Semesters: 1 Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Agricultural & Biosystems Science or Agricultural Science & Technology

The Biosystems Mechanics and Engineering course is designed to teach basic physical science skills in relation to Agricultural Engineering. In addition, it provides for the development of general mechanical skills that are required in all areas of Agricultural Education. Typical instructional activities include hands-on experiences in developing research projects to examine ways to utilize agricultural crops in unique ways, to include, the development of biofuels and other alternative energy sources and to discover new uses for agricultural products. In addition, students will participate in personal and community leadership development activities, as well as plan and implement a relevant school-to-work transition experience. Students must be prepared to work outside in various weather and climate conditions.



FORESTRY
Grade: 11, 12 Semesters: 1 Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Environmental and Natural Resource Management

The Forestry course is designed to teach technical knowledge and skills for entry-level positions in the production, protection, and management of timber and specialty forest resources. Typical instructional activities include hands-on experiences with assessing environmental factors affecting forest growth; cruising timber; planting trees; managing an established forest; selecting, grading and marketing forest raw materials for converting into a variety of consumer goods; harvesting timber or pulpwood; operating and maintaining equipment; managing forests for multiple purpose uses such as game preserves and recreation; participating in personal and community leadership development activities; planning and implementing a relevant school-to-work transition experience; and participating in FFA activities. Students must be prepared to work outside in various weather and climate conditions.


WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
Grade: 11, 12 Semesters: 1 Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Environmental and Natural Resource Management

The Wildlife Management course is designed to teach technical knowledge and skills for entry-level positions in the conservation and/or management of wildlife enterprises. Typical instructional activities include hands-on experiences with analyzing problems and developing site plans including the essential elements, concepts, and skills related to wildlife management; understanding basic ecological concepts; implementing habitat management practices; identifying wildlife and fish species; analyzing policies, laws and regulations, and using natural resources for outdoor recreation; participation in personal and community leadership development activities and planning and implementing a relevant supervised agricultural experience.

AQUACULTURE
Grade: 11, 12 Semesters: 1 Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Completion of four courses in program

The Aquaculture course is designed to teach knowledge and skills required for job entry into alternative agriculture through the husbandry of aquatic plants and animals. The ultimate objective of this course is to help students plan, build, stock, and run aquaculture facilities of varied sizes. Aquaculture projects require planning and management comparable to any other commercial
endeavor. Typical learning activities include selecting a site, evaluating soil types, selecting equipment and planning a facility, managing water quality to promote good health and growth of selected aquatic species, participating in FFA personal and leadership development activities, and planning and conducting a supervised occupational experience program relevant to aquaculture. Students must be prepared to work outside in various weather and climate conditions.