Agriculture and Natural Resources Courses
Courses by Course Numbers - click title to see course description and prerequisites 
 
 
9th grade Course # 0091 - Adventures in Agriculture 9A
Food, Clothes, Pets, and Outdoor Recreation…these are some of the things made possible through agriculture! In this course students will have the opportunity to explore topics in animal sciences, natural resources, wildlife, food, and plant sciences. Hands-on practical experience such as creating floral designs, landscaping, pet and horse care, and wildlife management will be used to teach topics in agriculture, while taking advantage of seasonal opportunities. This course will also provide opportunities to explore high school course offerings in the agriculture department. Students will also be expected to conduct an out of class experiential activity (Supervised Agricultural Experience Program) as a part of this course. Leadership and career development opportunities for students through the FFA (an inter-curricular student group) will be provided. Students are able to take BOTH Agricultural Exploration 9A and 9B, as different topics are explored in each course. However, students do NOT need to take Agricultural Exploration 9A to be eligible to enroll in Agricultural Exploration 9B.
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Course # 0093 - Adventures in Agriculture 9B
(Adventures in Agriculture 9A is NOT a prerequisite for this course.)
Food, Clothes, Pets, and Outdoor Recreation…these are some of the things made possible through agriculture! In this course students will have the experience to explore topics in animal sciences, natural resources, wildlife, food, and plant sciences. Hands-on practical experience such as creating floral designs, landscaping, pet and horse care, and wildlife management will be used to teach topics in agriculture while taking advantage of seasonal opportunities. This course will also provide opportunities to explore high school course offerings in the agriculture department. Students will also be expected to conduct an out of class experiential activity (Supervised Agricultural Experience Program) as a part of this course. Leadership and career development opportunities for students through the FFA (an inter-curricular student group) will be provided. Students are able to take BOTH Agricultural Exploration 9A and 9B, as different topics are explored in each course. However, students do NOT need to take Agricultural Exploration 9A to be eligible to enroll in Agricultural Exploration 9B.
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Course # 0001 - Youth Leadership A (10-12)
(This course will only be offered semester one)
Giver yourself the competitive edge!  Whether you are captain of your team, wanting to be a CEO, or becoming a leader in your community, effective communication, team building, citizenship and organizational skills are essential to career success in any area.  Discover your individual talents and contribute to the success of your team!  This course is designed to assist students in developing and communicating messages in an effort to inform and persuade others. Youth Leadership is for the self-directed, highly motivated student. Students must be able to complete assigned tasks in both individual and group situations. Skills in agriculture, FFA and leadership will be developed. Some activities will include public speaking, Veteran’s Day program activities, community service projects, agricultural literacy, and coordinating other events which will have a positive impact on our school and community. Students do not need to follow this course with Youth Leadership B.
This course may be repeated.
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Course # 0004 - Youth Leadership B (10-12)Testing Products
Students do NOT need to complete Youth Leadership A to take this course
(This course will only be offered semester two)
Do you desire to make your community a better place?  Are you motivated to serve others and be a positive role model for those around you?  This course will allow students to utilize their community as a learning laboratory. Students will identify a community need, analyze potential solutions, and implement a success strategy to enhance the well being of citizens. Youth Leadership is for the self-directed, highly motivated student. Students must be able to complete assigned tasks in both individual and group situations. Skills in agriculture, FFA and leadership will be developed. Events such as the Agricultural Education Open House, community landscaping, banquet planning, National Chapter award, and Agriculture in the Classroom activities will be components of this course. 
Agriculture Instructor permission is recommended. This course can be repeated.
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Course # 0200 - Alternative Energy - Engineering for Our Future (10-12)
Frustrated with your empty wallet everytime you fill your gas tank?  Do you want to discover more sustainable energy sources?  This course provides a comprehensive overview of renewable energies including solar energy, wind power, hydropower, fuel cells, biomass, and alternative transportation options.  Students will construct working models of solar, wind, hydropower and biomass energy systems, and assess their viability.  Students will also learn about the impact of government regulations on the use of renewable energies and investigate the potential of renewable energy technologies to help solve environmental and economic problems within society.  Students will also be expected to conduct an out of class experiential activity (Supervised Agricultural Experience Program) as a part of this course. Leadership and Career Development opportunities for students through the FFA (an intra-curricular student group) will be presented.
* Applicable to the University of Minnesota Science Entrance Requirement
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Course # 0201- Natural Resource Science (10-12)
Make Minnesota's great outdoors your classroom!  Students will explore Minnesota's Natural Resources such as forests, soil and water. Units will include the anatomy and physiology, growth, and development of trees; the study of soil structure, nutrient analysis, and erosion; and water management and pollution. Environmental and economic factors, along with ecological relationships will be used by students to learn how to preserve, protect and manage our natural resources. Students will also be expected to conduct an out of class experiential activity (Supervised Agricultural Experience Program) as part of this course. Leadership and Career Development opportunities for students through the FFA (an intra-curricular student group) will be presented. This course also has a potential articulation agreement with Vermilion Community College. See instructor for details. * Applicable to the University of Minnesota Science Entrance Requirement
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Course # 0205 - Fish and Wildlife Management (10-12)
Up your game!  Make hunting and fishing more than just a hobby!  Let us improve your knowledge of Minnesota's game species.  Students will study wildlife management to gain an understanding of the ecological, physical and environmental concepts pertaining to wildlife management. Students will have the opportunity to study the ecology of wildlife and make decisions about appropriate means to manage these populations. Students will also be expected to conduct an out of class experiential activity (Supervised Agricultural Experience Program) as a part of this course. Leadership and Career Development opportunities for students through the FFA (an intra-curricular student group) will be presented. This course also has a potential articulation agreement with Vermilion Community College. See instructor for details. * Applicable to the University of Minnesota Science Entrance Requirement  * Successful completion of this course may result in Advanced Hunter Certification.
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Course # 0300 - Animal Science (10-12)

Learn about your food from farm to fork.  Students will eat and learn about food products that come from farm animals that you buy in your local grocery store.  This course will investigate consumer concerns relating to animals.  Students will explore animal nutrition, selective breeding, distribution, food grading and safety, biotechnology and animal selection. Laboratory activities will provide opportunities for problem-solving through practical applications to learn scientific concepts. Application to current issues will be explored. Students will also be expected to conduct an out of class experiential activity (Supervised Agricultural Experience Program) as a part of this course. Leadership and Career Development opportunities for students through the FFA (an intra-curricular student group) will be presented.
This course also has a potential articulation agreement with several area colleges. See instructor for details.
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Animal Science Course # 0303 – CIS Animal Science (11-12)
Prerequisite: Student must be in top 50% of class, or instructor permission/approval.
Ranger U
This is a University of Minnesota Introduction to Animal Science (ANSC 1101) course with emphasis on genetics, physiology and nutrition. The course includes a study of production systems relative to the horse, dairy, sheep, poultry, swine and beef industries. Additional topics include man’s relationship to animals, current issues and future perspectives of animal agriculture. Students will experience laboratories at the University of Minnesota relating to Animal Science. Students will be concurrently enrolled at the University of Minnesota and upon successful completion of this class; students will have four semester credits posted to their college transcript. This course will incorporate online learning components with potential opportunities for release days allowing flexibility to complete assignments and labs outside of class time. Successful completion of this course may enable students to earn 4 University of Minnesota credits. (Introduction to Animal Science ANSC 1101)  * This course is applicable to the University of Minnesota Science Entrance Requirement.
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Course # 0305 - Animal Health and Veterinary Science (10-12)
What is making your animal sick?  Save yourself a trip to the vet by diagnosing problems at home!  Students will participate in a variety of hands on experience to explore animal systems, diagnose diseases and determine the best treatment.  Students will study animal health to gain an understanding of the biological and environmental concepts pertaining to disease transmission. This course will explore physiological aspects of causative agents, immunology, and the prevention and treatment of common animal disorders. Students will also be expected to conduct an out of class experiential activity (Supervised Agricultural Experience Program) as a part of this course. Leadership and Career Development opportunities for students through the FFA (an intra-curricular student group) will be presented. * Technical skill certification may be earned.
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Course # 0306 – Companion Animal Science (10-12)
Goat Dogs, cats, hamsters, parrots and so much more!  Owning a pet is an important responsibility.  This course will investigate concepts relating to the everyday care of companion animals. Students will study the nutrition, safety, training, health, and general care of your favorite pets. The course will focus on dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, reptiles, guinea pigs, rodents, and fish. Laboratory activities will provide opportunities for problem-solving through practical applications to learn scientific concepts. Application to current issues will also be explored. Students will also be expected to conduct an out of class experiential activity (Supervised Agricultural Experience Program) as a part of this course. Leadership and Career Development opportunities for students through the FFA (an intra-curricular student group) will be presented. This class is great for any student who owns a pet or is interested in a career with companion animals.
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Course # 0400 - Horse & Horsemanship (10-12)
Take your horse skills to the next level!  Whether you are new to the horse world or have been riding for years, this course will broaden your horizons.  Students will explore specific topics in anatomy and physiology, health care, nutrition and feeding, breed characteristics, safety, handling, training, management, the equine industry today, organizations, and careers in equine science. Some activities will include planning and conducting a WSCA horse show, judging horses for proper conformation, as well as having guest speakers from different areas of the horse industry. Application to current issues will also be explored. Students will also be expected to conduct an out of class experiential activity (Supervised Agricultural Experience Program) as a part of this course.
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Course # 0501 - Plant Science - Concepts (10-12)

Ranger U
Give your green thumb a workout in the warmth of our high school greenhouse!  This course is designed as an overview of the taxonomic and structural characteristics of plants.  An understanding of plant anatomy, function and growth will be discussed.  Students will have the opportunity to work in a greenhouse setting and implement the knowledge they have learned in a hands-on setting.  Student will also learn to identify popular horticultural plants and gain an understanding of their growth needs.  Students will also be expected to conduct an out of class experiential activity (Supervised Agricultural Experience Program) as a part of this course. Leadership and Career Development opportunities for students through the FFA (an intra-curricular student group) will be presented. Successful completion of this course may enable students to earn 4 college credits from Hennepin Technical College. (Plant Biology) This course also has a potential articulation agreement with several area colleges. See instructor for details.
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Course # 0502 - Landscape Design and Construction (10-12)Landscaping

Ranger U
Bump up your curb appeal!  In this class students will gain a better understanding of common Minnesota landscape plants, create attractive designs using CAD software, and build hardscapes such as retaining walls and patios that will add value to your home.  This course will explore the process of how greenscape and hardscape ideas become completed field projects.  Sources of materials, handling, installation procedures, project coordination and problem solving will be covered.  Outdoor, hands-on labs, will be an important part of this class field experience.  Students will also be expected to conduct an out of class experiential activity (Supervised Agricultural Experience Program) as a part of this course. Leadership and Career Development opportunities for students through the FFA (an intra-curricular student group) will be presented. Successful completion of this course may enable students to earn 2 college credits from Hennepin Technical College. (Intro to Horticulture and Landscape Operations) This course also has a potential articulation agreement with Century College. See instructor for details. 
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Course # 0503 - Plant Science - Propagation (10-12)
Not all plants start from a seed.  This class will allow students to grow and take home plants through a variety of asexual and sexual reproduction techniques, specific hands-on labs will include: hardwood and softwood cuttings, separation and division, and micro propagation. Students will use a greenhouse to propagate live plant tissues from laboratory exercises. Laboratory activities will provide opportunities for problem-solving through practical applications to learn scientific concepts. Application to current issues will also be explored.  Students will also be expected to conduct an out of class experiential activity (Supervised Agricultural Experience Program) as a part of this course. Leadership and career development opportunities will be available for students through the FFA. This course has a potential articulation agreement with several area colleges. See instructor for details. * Applicable to the University of Minnesota Science Entrance Requirement
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Course # 0504 - Greenhouse Technology (10-12)

Ranger U
Surround yourself with beautiful flowers in tropical learning conditions during the dead of a Minnesota winter!  Students will be working in a greenhouse setting implementing learned techniques of production, plant identification, disease, pest management and specialized greenhouse equipment.  Students will study commercial greenhouse management and structures. Students will study elements necessary for healthy plant growth which will include the environmental requirements for individual species.  This class will also manage the spring plant sale as a way to learn about the business of greenhouse operations.  Students will also be expected to conduct an out of class experiential activity (Supervised Agricultural Experience Program) as a part of this course. Leadership and Career Development opportunities for students through the FFA (an intra-curricular student group) will be presented. Successful completion of this course may enable students to earn 2 college credits from Hennepin Technical College. (Greenhouse Management) This course also has a potential articulation agreement with several area colleges. See instructor for details. 
* Applicable to the University of Minnesota Science Requirement. 

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Floral Design Course # 0505 - Floral Design (10-12)
Floral arrangements have become an important component of many special occasions and holidays.  During this hands-on course students will integrate the principles and elements of design while constructing several floral arrangements, centerpieces, bows and corsages. Students will also learn how to care for cut flowers, identify common cut flower species and understand their uses in design work.  Students will get a first hand look into the floral industry as they take on the role of florist to plan and price out the flowers for a wedding.  Leadership and Career Development opportunities for students through the FFA (an intra-curricular student group) will be presented. This course also has a potential articulation agreement with Century College. See instructor for details. * Technical skill certification may be earned.
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Course # 0506 – CIS Plant Science (11-12)
Prerequisite: Student must be in top 50% of class, or instructor permission/approval.
Ranger U
This is a University of Minnesota Plant Propagation (HORT 1001) class that focuses on biological concepts as they relate to plant propagation. Sexual and asexual techniques will be used in a laboratory setting as students examine various plant structures. Students will learn about hormones that stimulate plant growth and help multiply plants. Students will experience laboratories that are mandatory at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to university their research and teaching facilities. This course will incorporate online learning components with potential opportunities for release days allowing the flexibility to complete assignments and labs outside of class time. Successful completion of this course will enable a student to earn in University of Minnesota Credits. ( Plant Propagation HORT 1001) *Applicable to the University of Minnesota Science Credit Entrance Requirement.
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Course # 0600 - Agricultural Mechanics Skills (10-12) (offered in 2016-2017, not offered in 2017-2018)
This course will allow students to design and construct products intended for agricultural, natural resource and/or landscape implementation. Students will demonstrate ability in the use of arc and acetylene welding, carpentry and woodworking, electricity, sheet metal, equipment maintenance, and concrete.
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Course # 0610 - Advanced Agricultural Mechanics Skills (10-12) (not offered in 2016-2017, offered in 2017-2018)
Students will utilize knowledge and skills they have developed to design and construct a project relating to agriculture, natural resources, and/or landscaping. Students will be expected to develop a plan, write a bill of materials, follow accepted shop safety practices and procedures, and present a completed project. The projects can be wood, metal, welding, surveying, equipment maintenance, or other projects that are instructor approved. Some prior knowledge of tools and shop procedures is necessary. Materials must be provided by and/or paid for by students.
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Course # 0650 - Agricultural Economics (11-12)
Economics is a way of thinking about the world based on a set of principles that are useful for understanding almost any situation.  Studying how people fulfill their wants and desires, given scarce resources and the decision-making mechanisms, is the purpose of economic principles.  These concepts will be taught using hands-on learning activities, market simulations, and interactive group scenarios.  The decisions made by consumers, farmers, agricultural businesses, investors and the government interact to determine the allocation of scarce resources in our global society.  The basics of supply, demand, price determination, world trade, public policy, and the economics of food safety will all be covered in this course. The economics of day-to-day living, saving and investing for the future, and the commodity market will also be included.  Leadership and Career Development opportunities for students through the FFA (an intra-curricular student group) will be presented. *This course meets the required economics credit for graduation.
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Course # 0700 - Engineering & Technology In Agriculture (10-12) (offered in 2016-2017, not offered in 2017-2018)
Students will explore technologies commonly used in the industry of agriculture. Students will explore solutions to emerging technologies related to energy, power, bio-systems, and the environment. Students will use scientific and mathematical principals to create plans and construct projects relating to constructional design, transfer of power, and alternative energy solutions. Students will learn about land measurement by use of differential leveling and uses of global positioning technology. Students will also be expected to conduct an out of class experiential activity (Supervised Agricultural Experience Program) as a part of this course. Leadership and Career Development opportunities for students through the FFA (an intra-curricular student group) will be presented.
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Course # 0800 - Agriculture Today (10-12) (not offered in 2016-2017, offered in 2017-2018)
Students will take an intense look at the issues affecting agriculturists and consumers today. Students will be researching and discussing current issues and relaying the information in the form of speeches, presentations, research papers and debates.
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Course # 0805 - Agri-Entrepreneurship (10-12)
(not offered in 2016-2017, offered in 2017-2018)

Students will learn the methods of starting, maintaining, and analyzing an agribusiness. Students will have the opportunity to create their own business plan and learn about general financial management, budgeting, getting a loan, taxes, saving money, the world of work to include employer-employee relations and other responsibilities of owning a business.
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Course # 0810 - Biotechnology in Agri-Science (10-12)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of ½ credit Biology, or teacher approval
In this class students will explore the technological applications of life and the living organisms in the context of agriculture. Students will study how the manipulation of genetic traits can produce a safer and more adequate food supply through genetic improvement within species. Students will also analyze the benefits of biotechnology and its implication on a less impacted environment. Ethical issues will be considered in determining biotechnologies influence on society and culture. Laboratory activities will provide opportunities for problem-solving through practical applications to learn scientific concepts. Application to current issues will also be explored. Students will also be expected to conduct an out of class experiential activity (Supervised Agricultural Experience Program) as a part of this course. Leadership and Career Development opportunities for students through the FFA (an intra-curricular student group) will be presented.
* Applicable to the University of Minnesota Science Entrance Requirement
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Course # 0841 - Senior Agriculture A - Career Investigation (12)
Course # 0842 - Senior Agriculture B - Career Investigation (12) 
(offered terms 1 & 2)
Prerequisites: Students must be a senior (or a junior in special circumstances), have successfully completed two courses in the Agriculture department and have instructor approval.
Senior Agriculture is for students who are interested in studying agriculture after high school. This capstone course will allow students to focus on their personal interest in the areas of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career pathways. Opportunities for internships, occupational placement, service learning, career development events, and career observation are components of this class. Students will also be exposed to career searches, the college planning process, finding and filling out scholarship applications as well as creating a professional portfolio. This course requires enrollment for terms 1 and 2 and is offered 5th period. The class incorporates online learning components with potential opportunities for release days so that students can pursue educational and internship opportunities.
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Course # 0843 – Senior Agriculture C - Career Experience (12)
Course # 0844 – Senior Agriculture D - Career Experience (12)  
(offered terms 3 & 4)
Prerequisites: Students must be a senior (or a junior in special circumstances), have successfully completed two courses in the Agriculture department and have instructor approval.
This course offers students an opportunity to increase their knowledge of agriculture by working in one or more businesses that are related to the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career pathway. Students will be expected to maintain personal records relating to their employment and career knowledge. This course is offered 5th period terms 3 & 4 and will include student release and online learning opportunities. Students who did not enroll in Senior Agriculture A & B MUST have instructor permission in prior to enrolling in this course.
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