Antelope Valley School District

Agriculture

AGRICULTURAL BIOLOGY 01014

Life Science credit
UC “a-g” lab science credit
OPEN TO GRADES: 10-12
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and “C” or above letter grade in the9th grade science class.

This course is a laboratory science course for the college bound student. The course will emphasize detailed knowledge of the central concepts principles, and basic material of the following topics: molecular and cellular aspects of living things, structure and function of agricultural plants and animals, genetics, plant and animal diversity and principles of classification, ecological relationships, and animal behavior. Students will utilize current research methods and explore related career opportunities. Extensive laboratory experiments will be emphasized. All students are required to participate in FFA leadership skills building activities as a part of their grade (20%). In addition, all students are expected to maintain a viable supervised agriculture education program as a part of their grade (20%).

AGRICULTURAL CHEMISTRY 01018

Physical Science credit
UC “a-g” lab science credit
OPEN TO GRADES: 11-12
Prerequisite: Geometry or instructor’sapproval

Agriculture Chemistry is a college prep. course meeting the requirements of the UC and CSU systems. Theoretical, quantitative and laboratory approaches are used so the students may understand the concepts of chemistry. Agriculture themes are woven throughout the course. As with all Agriculture courses, grading also includes leadership and project components.

AG EARTH SCIENCE 01042

Physical Science credit
OPEN TO GRADES: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

Students will discover concepts within each of the State and National Science Content Standards, giving them opportunities to make connections between Earth Science concepts and the real world. Hands-on labs and inquiry-based lessons reinforce the science processes emphasized in the standards.

AG MECHANICS 1 01031

Elective credit
OPEN TO GRADES: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to develop the basic mechanical abilities necessary in modern agriculture. Topics include: shop and tool safety, hand and power tool use, carpentry, sketching and drawing, basic welding, painting, concrete, cold metal, and tractor operation skills. All students are required to participate in FFA leadership skills building activities as a part of their grade (20%). In addition, all students are expected to maintain a viable supervised agriculture education program as a part of their grade (20%).

AG MECHANICS 2 01032

Elective credit
OPEN TO GRADES: 10-12
Prerequisite: Agriculture Mechanics 1 or consent of instructor.

This course is a continuation of Agriculture Mechanics 1. Topics include: wire and stick welding, oxy- acetylene welding and cutting, plasma torch, electrical wiring, plumbing, diesel and gasoline engines, tractor operation skills, irrigation and pumps, and surveying. All students are required to participate in FFA leadership skills building activities as a par of their grade (20%). In addition, all students are expected to maintain a viable supervised agriculture education program as a part of their grade (20%).

AGRICULTURE MECHANICS ADVANCED 01033

Elective credit
OPEN TO GRADES: 11-12
Prerequisite: Agriculture Mechanics 2 or consent of teacher.

This course is designed to allow the student to apply advanced skills and knowledge in welding, woodworking, project design, project layout, cost of material analysis, concrete, electricity, painting, plumbing, and fencing. This is a project-based course. All students are required to participate in FFA leadership skills building activities as a part of their grade (20%). In addition, all students are expected too maintain a viable supervised agriculture education program as a part of their grade (20%).

CDE AG NATURAL RESOURCES

A-G Elective credit
OPEN TO GRADES: 10-12

This course is designed to provide the student with theories and principles related to Agriculture and Natural Resources. Students will learn about the science in natural resources, conservation, soil, water, wildlife classification and habitat, forest species, air pollution, land quality, weather and climate, environmental impact on mineral use, sustainable agriculture systems and waste water management.

ENVIRONMENTAL HORTICULTURE SCIENCE 01047

Life Science Credit
OPEN TO GRADES: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None

The Environmental Horticulture Science course will provide students with theories and principles dealing with the science of plants and the environment. Students will be able to understand the role of plants in our society, landscape, the care and maintenance of plants, plant physiology, nutrients and other plant growth requirements. This course is intended to successfully prepare those students who plan on majoring in agricultural sciences at a four-year college or university.