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AGRICULTURE

 
P Agricultural Earth Science #5025 This course is designed for students to complete their physical science requirement for graduation. The course includes instruction in the following topics: plate tectonics and dynamic earth processes energy and the sun, the atmosphere, natural resources and the scientific method. It is also designed to teach the basic principles of Agriculture Science including the livestock and crop industry, plant science and FFA. All students will be enrolled in FFA and are required to have a supervised occupational experience project which they will keep records on. Open to grades: 9, otherwise Ag Department approval is required. Other information: Satisfies the physical science requirement and is recommended as a prerequisite for more advanced science courses. Meets UC/CSU elective credit.
 
P Agricultural Biology #5035 This course is designed for students to complete their life science requirement for graduation. This course includes instruction in the following topics: cell biology, genetics, ecology, evolution and physiology. It is also designed to teach the basics of Agricultural Science including livestock health and nutrition, livestock genetics, advanced plant science and parliamentary procedure. All students will be enrolled in FFA and are required to have a supervised occupational experience project which they will keep records on. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Ag Earth Science Open to grades: 10, otherwise Ag Department approval is required. Other information: Satisfies the biological requirement and meets UC/CSU lab science requirement.
 
Advanced Agricultural Biology 1 #513 (Formerly the Advanced Plant Science course) This course deals with advanced skills in soil science, plant fertilization, plant reproduction and growth, entomology, and production of local crops. Prerequisite: Successful completion of P Ag Earth Science and P Ag Biology Open to Grades: 11-12 Other Information: Satisfies the physical requirement.
 
P Advanced Agricultural Biology 2 #514 (Formerly the Advanced Ag Biology course) This course is designed to develop advanced skills in animal nutrition, animal disease and parasitology, livestock anatomy and physiology, animal genetics and reproduction, waste management. Prerequisite: Successful completion of P Ag Earth Science and P Ag Biology or teacher approval. Open to Grades: 11-12 Other Information: Satisfies the life science requirement (biological). Meets UC/CSU elective requirement.
 
P Elements and Principles of Floral Design #5045 The Elements and Principles of Floral Design provides students with a basic knowledge of artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context(s), aesthetic and application of the visual arts through the design of floral arrangements. Students will connect and apply what is learned in floral art to other art forms, subjects, and postsecondary educational experiences and careers. All students will be enrolled in FFA and are required to have a supervised occupational experience project which they will keep records on. Prerequisite: Ag Earth Science recommended Open to Grades: 10-12 Other Information: UC approved “f” Fine Arts Credit* 
 
Environmental Horticulture Science #5055 The Environmental Horticulture Science class will provide the student with theories and principles related to environmental horticulture science. Students will take a hands-on approach to learn these principals utilizing laboratory facilities (greenhouse, shade house, tissue culture labs), technology, and classroom lecture. Business skills such as recordkeeping, production decisions, and marketing will be highlighted. Students will also be exposed to career opportunities in the horticulture field and will be encouraged to engage in competitions through FFA, work experience or entrepreneurial activities. Student created projects will be exhibited at local Fairs and the California State Fair. Prerequisites: Ag Earth Science and Ag Biology (recommended) or Instructor Permission Open to Grades: 11-12
 
Agricultural Mechanics Skills #506 This class is designed to develop basic shop skills and craftsmanship for the beginning shop student. In the course, students will cover the topics of safety, metal working, woodworking, electricity, plumbing, project design, small gas engine maintenance, drafting, measurement, FFA, SAE's, California Ag and careers. Students will be required to construct small projects to demonstrate competence in these areas, and to show these projects at the local fairs. This class is a prerequisite to the Ag Mechanics pathways. By receiving instruction in these areas, students will be able to find an area in which to specialize. All students will become members of the FFA, and all will keep record books. Students will be charged for the materials used in the projects they take home. This amount will vary from year to year and, at present, will be approximately $35 per student. Open to Grades: 9-12 Other Information: Students are required to furnish safety glasses, coveralls, 3-ring binder and 1/8” drill bit.
 
Ag Welding #5070 Agricultural Welding is the second class in a sequence of courses designed to prepare the Ag Mechanics student with the broad range of skills needed to move on in the Metal Fabrication and/or Ag Construction areas of specialization. Topics covered in this class are Arc Welding, MIG Welding, Oxy-acetylene Cutting and project construction. Students will be required to construct small projects to demonstrate competence in these areas. If time permits, students will be allowed to construct projects of their own choosing. Students will be required to show their projects at the local fairs. All students will become members of the FFA, and all will keep record books. Costs for Agricultural Mechanics Skills 2 will depend on the size and complexity of the project(s) each student decides to build. Students will be charged a 20% shop fee to cover consumables (tools, electricity, machinery maintenance, etc.) Prerequisite: Successful completion of Ag Mechanics Skills or teacher approval Open to Grades: 10-12 Other Information: Students are required to furnish safety glasses, 25' tape measure, slip-joint pliers, coveralls and 3-ring binder. Tape measures, pliers and safety glasses may be purchased from the instructor. (approximate cost: $15 per student) 
 
Metal Fabrication 1 & 2 #508 Agricultural Metal Fabrication is a two year sequence of courses designed to train students for entry level skills in the metal fabrication areas in agriculture and industry. This course will develop skills in the areas of welding, including arc, oxy-acetylene, MIG, and TIG, cutting, including oxy-acetylene and plasma, and project design and construction. Students are required to exhibit any constructed, repaired, or restored projects at the local fairs. By receiving instruction in these areas of mechanics, students will be preparing for employment or post-secondary education in the Mechanized Ag field. All students will become members of the FFA, and all will keep record books. Costs for Metal Fabrication 1 & 2 will depend on the size and complexity of the project(s) each student decides to build. Students will be charged a 20% shop charge to cover consumables (tools, electricity, machinery maintenance, etc.) Prerequisite: Successful completion of Ag Welding or teacher approval Open to Grades: 11-12 Other Information: The materials required are the same as for Ag Welding. 1 year of Metal Fab meets 1 year of Fine Arts credit. 
 
Small Engines #5090 This course is designed to develop basic knowledge and skills associated with small gas engines. Major topics to be covered include safety, principles of operation, troubleshooting, disassembly, overhaul/reassembly, tune-up and general maintenance. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Ag Mechanics Skills or teacher approval Open to Grades: 9-12 Other Information: Small gas engine, coveralls and safety glasses required. 
 
Engines Technology #516 This course is targeted to the 3rd and 4th year Ag Mechanics or Automotive student and will train students for employment or post-secondary education in the mechanized ag and automotive fields. Students will develop skills in the areas of engine tune-up and overhaul, preventative maintenance, operation of various tractors and equipment in the field, and troubleshooting hydraulic, field and electrical systems. Students will exhibit projects at the local fairs. Prerequisite: Ag Mechanics Skills and Introduction to Engines or teacher approval. Open to Grades: 11-12 Other Information: This one period course may be repeated for credit. Students must furnish coveralls and safety glasses. 
 
Agricultural Drafting #5300 This course is designed to teach the basics of drafting and mechanical drawing. Students will learn how to make working isometric and section drawings as well as the proper techniques of dimensioning. A large part of the year will be used to acquaint the students with computer drafting. All students will learn how to draw using the computer and also use the printer to print their computer drawings. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Ag Mechanics Skills or teacher approval Open to Grade: 10-12 Advanced Agriculture Drafting #5350 The course is a continuation of Agriculture Drafting Technology. It covers the same basic concepts but goes into much greater detail. Students will have the opportunity to design and build a shed structure and design a CNC Plasma Cam project. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Agriculture Drafting Technology with a 'C' or better grade or teacher approval. Open to Grades: 11-12
 
Agricultural Engineering #5375 Students will design and draw their own plans for a residential or agricultural structure. Included in those drawings will be: plot plan, foundation plan, floor plan roof plan, elevations, electric plan and details. The students will use the computer to assist in drawing and planning the structure. At the end of the year, the students will have a complete set of plans. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Advanced Ag Drafting Technology with a 'C' or better grade, or teacher approval. Open to Grades: 11-12 Other Information: Possible lab fee of $40.00 per year.
 
Ag Construction #5400 Ag Construction is a one or two year course designed to train students for entry level opportunities in Ag Engineering and construction. This course will develop skills in the areas of project design, (including the use of AutoCAD, local construction codes, and principals of estimating), site preparation, landscape and construction skills, safety practices, and working as part of a team. If feasible, students will exhibit constructed projects or sets of plans at the local fairs and the California State Fair. By receiving instruction in these areas of construction, students will be prepared for employment or post-secondary education in the Ag Construction field. All students will be members of the FFA, and all will keep record books. Prerequisite: Ag Mechanics Skills, Ag Drafting Tech 1 or teacher approval Open to Grades: 11-12 
 
Ag Wood #5200 Ag Wood 1 is the second class in a sequence of courses designed to prepare the Ag Mechanics student with the broad range of skills needed to move on into the Ag Construction area of specialization. This course is designed for any student who wishes to further develop woodworking skills. The class will cover shop and tool safety, use of hand tools and power tools and finishing techniques. Students will construct various required projects to demonstrate competence in these areas. If time allows, students will design and construct a small to medium project of their choosing. Students are required to show all projects at the local fairs. All students will become members of the FFA, and all will keep record books. Students will be charged for the materials used in the projects they take home. This amount will vary from year to year depending on the projects constructed. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Ag Mechanics Skills or teacher approval Open to Grades: 10-12 Other Information: Students are required to furnish safety glasses and 3-ring binder.
 
Advanced Ag Wood #5250 This course is designed for the woodworking student to learn advanced woodworking skills and techniques. The class will cover shop and tool safety, use of hand tools and power tools and finishing techniques. Students will construct various required projects to demonstrate competence in these areas. During the second semester, students will be required to select a project of their choosing, draw or acquire project plans, calculate a bill of materials, construct and finish it. Students are required to show all projects at the local fairs. All students will become members of the FFA, and all will keep record books. Students will be charged for the materials used in the projects they take home. This amount will vary depending on the projects chosen. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Ag Wood or teacher approval Open to Grades: 11-12 Other Information: Students are required to furnish safety glasses and 3-ring binder.