Ag Biology - CTE Online Model

by CTE Online Admin

Agricultural Biology is a laboratory science course designed for the college-bound student with career interests in agriculture. It meets the life science portion of the two-year laboratory requirement for high school graduation and for the California State Universities (CSU) and the University of California (UC) systems-D Lab Science. Using agriculture as the learning vehicle, this course emphasizes the principles, concepts and relationships among living organisms. The course is centered around an extensive laboratory component in order to connect the big ideas of life science with agricultural applications, which will help students acquire a broad understanding of a variety of agricultural areas, develop an awareness of the many career opportunities in agriculture, participate in occupationally relevant experiences, and work cooperatively with a group to develop and expand leadership abilities.

From CALPADS: Introduction to Agriscience

This course typically will include content related to Earth Science in Agriculture or Agriculture Biology. Other Agriscience topics of an introductory nature are also appropriate.

Program Information
CTE Certification Elements
California English Common Core Standards (4)
California's 2013 CTE Standards (13)
Next Generation Science Standards (3)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (64)
California Academic Content Standards (68)
Competencies / Outcomes
  • Use agricultural applications as a relevant vehicle to apply biological science principles and improve scientific literacy.
  • Integrate and reinforce academic standards within the agricultural content.
  • Improve agriculture literacy.
  • Meet the laboratory science (D) requirement for admission to the University of California and the California State University systems.
  • Increase interest/motivation for students to study and pursue careers in agriculture.
  • Students will understand and apply a variety of agricultural/biological science topics including:
  • The effects of technology on agriculture
  • Cell structure and function in plants and animals including the fundamental nuclear processes within the cell and cell biology
  • Animal anatomy and systems, including physiology and combating diseases in organisms.
  • Basic animal genetics including phenotype, genotype, and fertilization; genes, DNA, RNA and the genetic composition of cells
  • The scientific method
  • Ecosystem stability and balance
  • Evolution factors and influences and genetic changes
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • FFA purpose and functions; supervised agricultural experiences; California Agricultural Record Book

FFA Issues and Topics

This unit contains lessons about the aim, purpose, history and structure of the FFA. Other lessons are about the opportunities in FFA such as awards, contests (career development opportunities), leadership opportunities and conferences.

10 Hours

Supervised Agricultural Experiences

This unit contains lessons about SAE's: what they are, how to begin and manage them, selection, and how SAE's support agricultural learning.

5 Hours

FFA California Record Book

This unit contains lessons on components, entering information, completing the record book as well as how to use the record book for awards and recognition.

15 Hours

Careers in Agriculture

This unit contains lessons in agricultural career exploration and information.

5 Hours
Lesson Plans

Introduction to Agricultural Biology

This unit contains lessons about scientific method, technological advances in agriculture, laws and regulations pertaining biotechnology.

10 Hours

Investigation and Experimentation

This unit contains lessons on scientific investigation.

10 Hours

Chemistry of Life

This unit contains lessons about scientific method, animal and plant nutrient requirements as pertaining to life chemistry.

10 Hours

Mitosis and Meiosis

This unit contains lessons about meiosis and mitosis including the study of chromosomes and cell cycles.

25 Hours
Lesson Plans


This unit contains lessons on the theory of evolution and the Hardy-Weinberg Principle

10 Hours


This unit contains lessons on ecosystems, biological communities, Bio-Geo chemical cycles, and taxonomy

10 Hours


This unit contains lessons on circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, immune, nervous hormones/endocrine, skeletal, reproductive systems and fetal developmentl

30 Hours

Building a Community Service Agriculture (CSA) Model PBL Project

This project is composed of 4 week-long lessons designed to provide for the promotion and documentation in the construction of a Community Service Agriculture (CSA) Model. 

Students will be responsible for the creation of a mission statement, promotional materials, an instructional manual for the proper handling of product, a product distribution flowchart, and contractual/subscription documentation for interested, paying consumers. All documents will be submitted in a physical folder in the last lesson and graded based upon a rubric. Essentially, this series of lesson provides the paperwork and structural elements for a fully functioning, sustainable CSA where students deliver fruits and vegetables grown in an on-site garden to interested faculty. (Note: This project is predicated on a pre-existing garden with enough volume to provided product to the consumer.)