Ag Biology 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.

Program Information
Curriculum Program Classifications
  • Green Technology Course
Industries / Pathways
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources
    • Agriscience
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
CTE Certification Elements
Course Level
Total Hours
Course Length
2 Semesters
State Certified
Board Approval
Labor Market Demand
Is this course industry certified?
Course Type
Career-Technical Preparation
CSU/UC Approval

O*NET Occupations

Occupation Name Occupation Code
Biological Scientists, All Other 19-1029.00
Range Managers 19-1031.02
Conservation Scientists 19-1031.00
Nursery Workers 45-2092.01
Forest and Conservation Workers 45-4011.00
Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals 45-2093.00
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists 19-1023.00
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 45-2092.00
Agricultural Inspectors 45-2011.00
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians 19-4011.00

Related Occupations

11-9012.00 Farmers and Ranchers Green Occupation
13-1021.00 Purchasing Agents and Buyers, Farm Products Green Occupation
19-1012.00 Food Scientists and Technologists
19-1013.00 Soil and Plant Scientists
25-9021.00 Farm and Home Management Advisors Green Occupation
45-1011.06 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Aquacultural Workers
45-1011.07 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers Green Occupation
45-3011.00 Fishers and Related Fishing Workers
37-3011.00 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers In-Demand
45-2093.00 Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals
45-3021.00 Hunters and Trappers
53-7064.00 Packers and Packagers, Hand
19-1020.01 Biologists
19-1022.00 Microbiologists In-Demand
19-4011.01 Agricultural Technicians In-Demand Green Occupation
31-9096.00 Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers In-Demand
45-2021.00 Animal Breeders
11-9011.01 Nursery and Greenhouse Managers
11-9011.03 Aquacultural Managers
13-1111.00 Management Analysts In-Demand
19-1031.01 Soil and Water Conservationists Green Occupation
19-1031.03 Park Naturalists
19-1032.00 Foresters
37-1012.00 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers In-Demand
45-1011.08 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
California's 2008 CTE Standards: 64
California Academic Content Standards: 69
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
Lesson Plans

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
Lesson Plans

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
Lesson Plans

Investigation and Experimentation

This unit contains lessons on scientific investigation.

10 Hours
Lesson Plans

Chemistry of Life

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

10 Hours
Lesson Plans

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
Lesson Plans


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

30 Hours
Lesson Plans