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Ag Programs

The Agriculture Department offers courses in all aspects of AgriScience, including Animal Science, Plant Science, Natural Resources,and Agri-Business. These courses expose students to job opportunities in these fields and can be a stepping-stone into their plans for the future. All courses are located at the South Campus and will utilize the greenhouse. Students who enroll in any agriculture course will be able to join FFA, a co-curricular student leadership organization which promotes personal growth, leadership, and career success. Students who join FFA must be enrolled in at least one Agricultural Science course during the school year. 

College in the Schools (CIS classes) are Animal Science and Plant Science from the university of Minnesota and each class provides 4 college credits. New this year, we are offering a full year of Animal Science split into 2 semesters, it will offer hands on labs on all areas of animals. We also have Equine Science- a class all about horses for a full semester. We have natural resources, which involves forestry and tree identification, soils labs, water and fish and wildlife identification. Hands on labs are integrated itnto all course work. For 9th grade we offer 2 semesters (1 year) Introduction to Ag and Exploring Ag. We offer all areas of study including dairy and food science- making dairy products, judging animals, FFA leadership Fridays which involve learning team building and communications skills as well as FFA events and leadership. 


GRADE 9 ELECTIVE COURSES

905SC INTRO TO AGRICULTURE 1 credit
Open to: Grade 9 
Prerequisite: none
In this course students will investigate the world oftrees, soils, and water using hands-on based activities and lab experiments in the great outdoors. A variety of animals, ranging from horses to rabbits and
other farm animals will be discussed, including dairy foods labsmaking butter and ice cream. The course will also include FFA Fridays which are fun leadership and team building activities for the whole class. 

906SC EXPLORING AGRICULTURE 1 credit
Open to: Grade 9 
Prerequisite: none
In this fun and exciting course students will have the opportunity to study and grow their own plants in the school greenhouse, study andscaping by creating their own gardens and landscape designs, and
create their own personal floral designs and corsages. Students will also be involved in the School Aquaculture fish tanks by growing and raising fish. The course will also include FFA Fridays which are fun leadership and team building activities for the whole class. 

GRADE 10-12 AGRI-SCIENCE COURSES

910 ASC NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE 1 credit
Prerequisite: none Science elective credit
Additional Credit Option: Adv. Standing for Juniors/Seniors This course teaches students about the plants and animals of Minnesota. Students will learn to identify birds, insects, mammals, and fish; investigate many facets of forestry; and investigate and design a wildlife habitat area. Nature is used as the context to learn science principles as well. Students can look forward to many outdoor lab activities, field trips, and experiments. This course fulfills the science elective requirement.

912 ASC GREENHOUSE PRODUCTION 1 credit
Open to: Grades 10-12 Science elective credit
Prerequisite: none, Semester 2 only
Additional Credit Option: Adv. Standing for Juniors/Seniors In this course students will learn to identify plants, manage bedding plant production, design landscapes, and floral design. Students will
also learn how plants are grown and managed in a greenhouse. Greenhouse and landscaping industry and careers will also be investigated. This course fulfills the science elective requirement. 

913 CIS HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE 1 credit
Open to: Grades 11-12 Science elective credit
Prerequisite: top 50% of class or teacher approval
Additional Credit Option: U of M #1001 This first semester course is primarily offered online supplemented
with labs on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the school greenhouse that will allow students to grow plants and conduct plant experiments. Students have the opportunity to learn and apply the biology of plants in a variety of ways. In addition, students will utilize a digital camera and sketch pad to document the horticultural world around them through the use of blogs and online. Students will have at least one field trip lab day at the U of M. This course allows students to earn 4 college credits and is transferrable to other colleges. This course meets the science lab class requirement at the U of M. 

911 ANIMAL SCIENCE I 1 credit
Open to: Grades 10-12 Science elective credit
Prerequisite: none
This is an introductory class that will mainly focus on large animals and food production animals. This course will cover history of animals and domestication, animal handling, cells and tissues of animals and
animal nutrition. This class with integrate hands on labs and ac.