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Ms. Poll

Advanced Animal Science (semester)

The major focus of the Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA) course is to expose students to agriculture, animal science, and related career options. Students participating in the ASA course will have experiences in various animal science concepts with exciting hands-on activities, projects, and problems. Students’ experiences will involve the study of animal anatomy, physiology, behavior, nutrition, reproduction, health, selection, and marketing. For example, students will acquire skills in meeting the nutritional needs of animals while developing balanced, economical rations. Throughout the course, students will consider the perceptions and preferences of individuals within local, regional, and world markets. Prerequisite: General Agriculture and C in Biology and General Agriculture

Agriculture Leadership (semester)

This class is designed to discuss leadership and careers. We will look at the skills necessary to be a leader, how to work as a team, manage people, and many career-related things as well. Topics will include team-building exercises, personality profiles, career interest profiling, parliamentary procedure, and specific leadership qualities, with others to be developed from student interest (there is student interest, I hope!). This class will be highly project-oriented and will include writing assignments, team, and individual projects, and journals. All information will be presented in terms of how it affects you as a student, an individual, and a future (or current) leader in society. Prerequisite: General Agriculture

Agriculture and Society (semester)

This class is designed to expose you to the many ways that agriculture impacts and is impacted by society, government and culture. It will be very open to student interests and class decisions for direction. We will definitely do some case studies, as well as touch on agriculture law and the farm bill. We will also examine some of the major historical figures in agricultural progress. Other topics are up to you to discover and bring into class. Prerequisite: General Agriculture

Environmental Science (year-long)

The Natural Resources and Ecology 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 have the opportunity to participate in the operation of an aquaculture system as part of the class. Prerequisite: Physical Science and Biology OR Intro to Biology

Farm-Business Management (semester)

Acquaints the student with financial information essential to making sound decisions pertaining to farms and agribusinesses. Topics for discussion include lenders and lending policies, analytical tools for evaluating the profitability and feasibility of alternatives, and criteria for choosing those options.

General Agriculture (semester)

Students participating in the General Agriculture course will experience hands-on activities, projects, and problems. Student experiences will involve the study of communication, the science of agriculture, plants, animals, natural resources, and FFA. 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.

Plant Science (year-long)

The Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP) course will expose students to the world of agriculture, plant science, soil science, and career options. Students will have experiences in various plant science concepts through exciting “hands-on” activities, projects, and problems. Student experiences will include the study of plant anatomy and physiology, classification, and the fundamentals of production and harvesting. Students will learn how to apply scientific knowledge and skills to use plants effectively for agricultural and horticultural production. Students will discover the value of plant production and its impact on the individual, the local, and the global economy. Prerequisite: C in Biology

Survey of the Animal Industry (semester)

This course is an overview of management and production practices primarily associated with cattle, swine, sheep, and equine. Other species such as poultry, goats, companion animals, and aquaculture will be addressed. Topics will include nutrition, reproduction, management, marketing, evaluation, and health. Industry trends and economics will be covered also.

Zoology (semester)

This class is designed to build upon prior Biology classes and take you deeper into the six kingdoms of life. Zoology takes us to sponges, worms, arthropods, echinoderms, fish and amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.