Agri-Science

Department Staff
Mr. William Smith(High School Agri-Science)
wsmith@westville.k12.in.us

Course Descriptions
• Fundamentals of Agricultural Science and Business
Fundamentals of Agricultural Science and Business is a yearlong course that is highly recommended as a prerequisite and foundation for all other agricultural classes. The nature of this course is to provide students with an introduction to careers and the fundamentals of agricultural science and business. Areas to be covered include: agricultural literacy, its importance and career opportunities, plant and soil science, environmental science, horticulture and landscape management, agricultural biotechnology, agricultural science and business tools and equipment, basic principles of and employability in the agricultural/horticultural industry, basic agribusiness principles and skills, developing leadership skills in agriculture, and supervised experience in agriculture/horticulture purposes and procedures. Student learning objectives are defined. Instruction includes not only agriculture education standards but many academic standards are included through the use of "hands-on" problem-solving individual and team activities.
Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
A Career Academic Sequence, Career-Technical program, or Flex Credit course

• Landscape Management
Landscape Management is a yearlong course that provides the student with an overview of the many career opportunities in the diverse field of landscape management. Students are introduced to the procedures used in the planning and design of a landscape using current technology practices, the principles and procedures involved with landscape construction, the determination of maintenance schedules, communications, management and employability skills necessary in landscaping operations, and the care and use of equipment utilized by landscapers. Upon completion of the program plus learning and demonstrating other skills, students have the opportunity to receive an industry approved State Certificate of Mastery in Landscape Management.

This course will also offer selected topics from the following course:

• Natural Resource Management
This course is a yearlong program that provides students with a background in natural resource management. Students are introduced to career opportunities in natural resource management and related industries, understanding forest ecology importance, recognizing trees and their products, tree growth and development, forest management, measuring trees, timber stand improvement and urban forestry, soil features, erosion and management practices, conservation practices, water cycles, uses, quality standards, reducing water pollution, conducting water quality tests, watersheds, and its importance to natural resource management, hazardous waste management, native wildlife, waterfowl, wetlands, and fish management, topography map use, management of recreational areas, game bird and animal management, outdoor safety, and weather. "Hands-on" learning activities encourage students to investigate areas of environmental concern including: identification and management of ecosystems, natural succession identification, natural communities, recycling and management of waste in the environment, soil conservation management practices, land uses, and air quality.
A two-credit/two-semester course. This course can be offered for a second full year at an advanced level and may also be offered in a two or three hour block for four semesters with a maximum of twelve credit hours.
Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

• Advanced Life Science, Animals
Advanced Life Science, Animals, is a standards-based, interdisciplinary science course that integrates biology, chemistry, and microbiology in an agricultural context. Students enrolled in this course formulate, design, and carry out animal-based laboratory and field investigations as an essential course component. Students investigate key concepts that enable them to understand animal growth, development and physiology as it pertains to agricultural science. This course stresses the unifying themes of both biology and chemistry as students work with concepts associated with animal taxonomy, life at the cellular level, organ systems, genetics, evolution, ecology, and historical and current issues in animal agriculture. Students completing this course will be able to apply the principles of scientific inquiry to solve problems related to biology and chemistry in highly advanced agricultural applications of animal development.

Highly Recommended Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry due to course content standards
A two semester course, one credit per semester
Fulfills a Core 40 Life Science requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas or counts as an Elective or Directed Elective for any diploma
A Career Academic Sequence, Career-Technical program, or Flex Credit course.

• Advanced Life Science, Plants and Soils
Advanced Life Science, Plants and Soils, is a standards-based, interdisciplinary science course that integrates the study of advanced biology, chemistry, and earth science in an agricultural context. Students enrolled in this course formulate, design, and implement agriculturally-based laboratory and field investigations as an essential course component. These extended laboratory and literature investigations focus on the chemical reactions of matter in living and nonliving materials while stressing the unifying themes of chemistry and the development of physical and mathematical models of matter and its interactions. Using the principles of scientific inquiry, students examine the internal structures, functions, genetics and processes of living plant organisms and their interaction with the environmental. Students completing this course will be able to apply the principles of scientific inquiry to solve problems related to both biology and chemistry in the context of highly advanced agricultural applications of plants and soils.
Highly Recommended Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry due to course content standards
A two semester course, one credit per semester
Fulfills a Core 40 Life Science requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas or counts as an Elective or Directed Elective for any diploma
A Career Academic Sequence, Career-Technical program, or Flex Credit course.