Year 1: Sustainable Ag Biology
This course is a laboratory science course, designed for the college-bound student that focuses on growth and reproduction, genetics, animal behavior, animals and plant taxonomy, nutrition, health and disease, and the ecological relationship among plants, animals, and humans. Sustainable Ag Biology satisfies the FJUHSD life science graduation requirement, UC "d" and/or "g" requirement recommended for freshmen.
Year 2: Ag Soil Chemistry
This course explores the physical and chemical nature of soil as well as the relationships between soil, plants, animals, and agricultural practices. Students will examine the properties of soil and land and their connections to plant and animal production. Using knowledge of scientific protocols as well as course content, students will develop an Agriscience research program to be conducted throughout the first semester of the course. To complete that whole project each student will investigate and test an Agriscience research question by formulating a scientific question related to the course content, formulating a hypothesis based on related research, conducting an experiment to test the hypothesis, collecting quantitative data, and forming a conclusion based on analysis of the data. The result of this research program will be an in-depth research and experimentation paper that is technically written, based on scientific protocol, and cited using APA formatting. Additionally, students will develop and present a capstone soil management plan for agricultural producers, using the content learned throughout the course. Throughout the course, students will be graded on participation in intracurricular FFA activities as well as the development and maintenance of an ongoing Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program.
Year 3: Advanced Sustainable Agriculture (H)
This integrated class combines an interdisciplinary approach to laboratory science and research with agricultural management principles. Using skills and principles learned in the course, students design systems and experiments to solve agricultural management issues currently facing the industry. Additionally, students will connect the products created in this class with industry activities to link real-world encounters and implement skills demanded by both colleges and careers. The course culminates with an agriscience experimental research project in which students design and conduct an experiment to solve a relevant issue. Final projects will be eligible for the Career Development Event competition at FFA events. Throughout the course, students will be graded on participation in intracurricular FFA activities as well as the development and maintenance of an ongoing Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program.
Year 4: Veterinary Science
Veterinary Science provides a study of the anatomy and physiology of small and large animals, proper health maintenance, sanitation, and the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of common diseases. This course utilizes our farm animals for hands-on labs and allows students to visually see processes and body parts for deeper learning. Along with the outside laboratory, we utilize the classroom as an indoor laboratory space for dissections, suturing techniques and simulating blood draws and injections. This course satisfies the UC "d" and/or "g" requirements. Recommended for Seniors.
Fine Art Credit - Art and History of Floral Design
This course gives students a practical look at the floriculture industry in California. This course utilizes various different floral arrangement projects for the school and community. Students will learn various different technical standards in the floral industry while learning different species of flowers and plants used in their arrangements. This course satisfies the UC "f" Fine Arts requirement.