Plant and Soil Science - CTE Online Model

by CTE Online Admin

Plant and Soil Science covers topics such as plant classification, physiology, reproduction, plant breeding, biotechnology, and pathology. Students will learn about soil management, water, pests, and equipment as well as cultural and harvest practices.
About the Team:
This structure of this course and the materials contained within it were created by a team of educators from across the state with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Specialist Karen Dalton-Wemp.

From CALPADS: Introduction to Plant Science

This course provides knowledge about the propagation of plants for food and fiber. These courses may cover such topics as plant growth and health, irrigation, pest and weed control, food and fiber processing, and farm operations. They may also cover the knowledge and skills needed to produce all types of crops or may emphasize a particular area of the agricultural industry.

Program Information
CTE Certification Elements
California English Common Core Standards (5)
California Math Common Core Standards (2)
Next Generation Science Standards (5)
California's 2013 CTE Standards (23)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (14)
California Academic Content Standards (6)
Competencies / Outcomes
  • Plant classification principles
  • Cell biology
  • Plant Physiology and growth principles
  • Sexual and asexual plant reproduction
  • Pest problems and management
  • Soils and plant production
  • Effetive tillage and soil conservation management practices
  • Effective water management practices
  • Agrosystem approach to production
  • Local crop management and production practices
  • Plant biotechnology

Plant Classification Principles

This unit contains lessons about how to classify and identify plants.

17 Hours

Cell Biology

This unit contains lessons about cell biology: cell differences, functions and parts.

17 Hours

Plant Physiology and Growth Principles

This unit contains lessons about plant systems, seeds, nutrition, influential factors for growth, tissues and plant responses to those factors.

17 Hours

Plant Sexual and Asexual Reproduction

This unit addresses plant reproduction and propagation techniques.

17 Hours

Pest Problems and Management

This unit contains lessons about plant pests: identification, roles and controls.

17 Hours

Soils and Plant Production

This unit addresses soil properties and soil biology.

17 Hours

Effective Tillage and Soil Conservation

This unit has lessons about soil management and conservation, surveying and preparation and soil information resources.

17 Hours

Effective Water Management Practices

This unit contains lessons about water history, issues, rights, laws and water transfer, as well as the agencies and regulations pertaining to water.

17 Hours

Agrosystem Approaches to Production

This unit addresses "whole-system management" of plant production.

10 Hours

Local Crop Management and Production Practices

This unit has lessons about local plant production practices.

17 Hours

Landscape Planning

In the STEM Integrated Project, "The Power of a Healing Garden," students will explore psychological disorders such as PTSD and depression and look at current methods of treatment. Students will then use their knowledge in the development of a therapeutic garden, including funding, garden maintenance and digital design.

In the PBL Project "Developing an Environmental Impact Report,"students will develop an Environmental Impact Report by analyzing a site before a construction project is being proposed. Students will test the soil quality, observe natural surroundings, wildlife currently living at the site, learn about the public policy of building construction, and inform the community and city officials of the impacts before we place "that" there.

Plant Biotechnology

This unit addresses current and changing technology and the effects on plant agriculture.

17 Hours

Employment Portfolio

The lessons in this unit will consist of activities that teach the student how to write a portfolio for a student organization or for a future job.

10 Hours