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.
|Occupation Name||Occupation Code|
|Biological Scientists, All Other||19-1029.00|
|Forest and Conservation Workers||45-4011.00|
|Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals||45-2093.00|
|Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists||19-1023.00|
|Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse||45-2092.00|
|11-9012.00||Farmers and Ranchers|
|13-1021.00||Purchasing Agents and Buyers, Farm Products|
|19-1012.00||Food Scientists and Technologists|
|19-1013.00||Soil and Plant Scientists|
|25-9021.00||Farm and Home Management Advisors|
|45-1011.06||First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Aquacultural Workers|
|45-1011.07||First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers|
|45-3011.00||Fishers and Related Fishing Workers|
|37-3011.00||Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers|
|45-2093.00||Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals|
|45-3021.00||Hunters and Trappers|
|53-7064.00||Packers and Packagers, Hand|
|31-9096.00||Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers|
|11-9011.01||Nursery and Greenhouse Managers|
|19-1031.01||Soil and Water Conservationists|
|37-1012.00||First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers|
|45-1011.08||First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers|
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.
This unit contains lessons about SAE's: what they are, how to begin and manage them, selection, and how SAE's support agricultural learning.
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.
This unit contains lessons in agricultural career exploration and information.
This unit contains lessons about scientific method, technological advances in agriculture, laws and regulations pertaining biotechnology.
This unit contains lessons on scientific investigation.
This unit contains lessons about scientific method, animal and plant nutrient requirements as pertaining to life chemistry.
This unit contains lessons about cell structure and function, diffusion and osmosis, photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
This unit contains lessons about meiosis and mitosis including the study of chromosomes and cell cycles.
This unit contains lessons on Mendel and heredity, Punnett Squares, DNA RNA/protein systhesis and Genetic Engineering/Biotechnology
This unit contains lessons on the theory of evolution and the Hardy-Weinberg Principle
This unit contains lessons on ecosystems, biological communities, Bio-Geo chemical cycles, and taxonomy
This unit contains lessons on circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, immune, nervous hormones/endocrine, skeletal, reproductive systems and fetal developmentl
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.)