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Agriculture courses

AGRICULTURE

 

INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE, FOOD, AND NATURAL RESOURCES            0644

2 Semesters               2 Credits         Grades 9-12

Fee:  $5

Quantitative Reasoning Course

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 5056] (INT AGFNR) Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources is a prerequisite to and a foundation for all other agricultural classes. The nature of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the fundamentals of agricultural science and business. Topics to be covered include: animal science, plant and soil science, food science, horticultural science, agricultural business management, landscape management, natural resources, agriculture power, structure and technology, leadership development, supervised agricultural experience and career opportunities in the area of agriculture, food and natural resources.

Counts as an elective Course for the Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas.

 

AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT            0647

2 Semesters        2 Credits       Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite:  Intro to Ag, Food, & Nat. Resources (INT AGFNR)

Fee:  $5

This course is weighted on a 4.5 scale, Quantitative Reasoning Course

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 5002] This dual credit course presents the concepts necessary for managing agriculture-related businesses such lawn and garden centers, landscape nurseries, lawn care services, greenhouses, animal supply stores, pet care shops, farm supply stores, produce markets, livestock production, machinery repairs and environmental consulting firms.  Concepts covered include:  identification of careers; safety management; entrepreneurship; the planning, organizing, controlling and directing of an agribusiness; effects of government organizations; economic principles; credit; record keeping; budgeting; fundamentals of cash flow; the tax system; insurance; marketing; cooperatives; purchasing; technology; human resources; management; business relations and responsibilities.  Guest speakers, field trips, laboratories, and business simulation projects will aid in course instruction.

Students may use this course to meet one of the requirements for the Academic or Technical Honors Diploma if they fulfill the following:  Students completing the course with a grade of “B” or higher will earn free college credit from Ivy Tech Community College Indiana.  Any student earning dual credit may apply those credits to the academic or technical honors diploma.

 

ANIMAL SCIENCE                                 0643

2 Semesters               2 Credits        Grades 10-12

Prerequisite:  Intro to Ag, Food, & Nat. Resources (INT AGFNR) and Biology I or permission of instructor

Fee:  $5.00

This course is weighted on a 4.5 scale.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 5008] This year long course provides students with an overview of the field of animal science.  Students will study large and small animal species.  Topics to be addressed include:  careers in animal science, animal science, anatomy, physiology, genetics, reproduction, nutrition, common diseases and parasites, management practices for the care and maintenance of animals, social and political issues related to the animal industry, and aquaculture.  Guest speakers, field trips, practical skills laboratories, multi-media projects, and actual "hands on" experience with animals will aid in course instruction. Students may use this course to meet one of the requirements for the Academic or Technical Honors Diploma if they fulfill the following:  Students completing the course with a grade of “B” or higher will earn free college credit from Ivy Tech Community College Indiana.  Any student earning dual credit may apply those credits to the academic or technical honors diploma.

 

NATURAL RESOURCES                          0649

2 Semesters               2 Credits        Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Intro to Ag, Food, Nat. Resources (INT AGFNR)

Fee:  $5

This course is weighted on a 4.5 scale.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 5180] This dual credit course provides students with a background in natural resource management.  Students are introduced to career opportunities in natural resource management and related industries, the history of the forest industry and forest policy, the importance and uses of forest plants, factors which influence the development of forests, forest improvement and management, proper care and use of forest tools, effects of management practices on the environment, soil conservation practices, water and its importance, hazardous waste management, native wildlife, waterfowl and fish management, surveying and map use, management of recreational areas, outdoor safety, weather, and energy resources.  Guest speakers, field trips, practical skills laboratories, and natural resource improvement projects will aid in course instruction.  Students will be involved with the Water Watchers of Indiana, River Watch Project and the Environmental and Natural Resources Management Career Development Competition.  Students may use this course to meet one of the requirements for the Academic or Technical Honors Diploma if they fulfill the following:  Students completing the course with a grade of “B” or higher will earn free college credit from Ivy Tech Community College Indiana.  Any student earning dual credit may apply those credits to the academic or technical honors diploma.

 

HORTICULTURE SCIENCE                     0659

2 Semesters    2 Credits    Grades:  10-12

Prerequisite:  Intro to Ag, Food, Nat. Resources (INT AGFNR)

Fee:  $5

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   [IDOE 5132] This course provides students with an overview of the field of horticulture science.  It addresses the biology and technology involved in the production, processing, and marketing of horticulture plants (such as flowers, houseplants, landscape plants, fruits, nuts and vegetables) and their products.  Topics covered include: reproduction and propagation of plants, plant growth, growth media, greenhouse management, marketing, concepts, production of herbaceous, woody and nursery stock plants, fruit, nut and vegetable production and pest management.  Students will be involved in the management and operation of the Penn High School greenhouse.  Students may use this course to meet one of the requirements for the Academic or Technical Honors Diploma if they fulfill the following: Students completing the course with a grade of “B” or higher will earn free college credit from

Ivy Tech Community College Indiana.  Any student earning dual credit may apply those credits to the Academic or Technical honors diploma.

 

LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT              0651

2 Semesters    2 credits    Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite:  Intro to Ag, Food, Nat. Resources (INT AGFNR)

Fee:  $5

This course is weighted on a 4.5 scale,

Quantitative Reasoning Course

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  [IDOE 5136] Landscape Management is a year-long course that provides the student with an overview of the field of landscape management.  Students are introduced to the procedures used in the planning and design of landscapes, the principles and procedures involved with landscaping construction, the determination of maintenance schedules, communications, and management skills necessary in landscaping operations and the care and use of equipment utilized by landscapers.  Students will design and be involved in the installation of the Penn High School Building Trades house landscape.  Students will also be involved with the operation and management of the Penn High School greenhouse.  Junior and senior students will have the opportunity to earn Accredited Horticulturist Certification from the Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association and Landscape Industry Certified Technical Certification from the Professional Landscape Network (PLANET).  Students completing the course with a grade of “B” or higher will earn free college credit from Ivy Tech Community College Indiana.  Any student earning dual credit may apply those credits to the Academic or Technical honors diploma.

 

ADVANCED LIFE SCIENCES: ANIMALS

                                                                        0645

2 Semesters               2 Credits        Grades 11-12

Prerequisite:  Biology I & Chemistry I

Fee:  $7.00

Students should not take this class concurrently with Animal Science.

Quantitative Reasoning Course

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: [IDOE 5070] This year long Advanced Credit Examination (ACE) course allows students to investigate concepts that enable them to understand animal life and animal science as it pertains to companion animals. Students interested in careers in Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Technology, Biotechnology, and Life Sciences will be challenged through instruction, including laboratory and fieldwork.  They will recognize concepts associated with animal taxonomy, life at the cellular level, organ systems, genetics, evolution, ecology, and historical and current issues in animal agriculture. Students will have the opportunity to “test out” of Animal Science 106 at Purdue University.  This end of course assessment will grant students who successfully complete the test the opportunity to earn Purdue University College Advanced credit (at minimal cost) and move directly into more advanced level science and agricultural science studies.  This course fulfills a Core 40 science requirement for the General Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors or the Core 40 with Technical Honors high school diploma.