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Agriculture

All potential course offerings in the subject of Agriculture are listed alphabetically below. Please Note: In any given year, whether a course is offered depends on the number of requests received for that course. 

 

 

ADVANCED PLANT SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 180522

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Plant Science & Technology

Description: Advanced Plant Science & Technology is a class tailored to those students interested in additional education in the plant sciences. The class is a continuation of Plant Science & Technology. This course will begin with plant disease and pests. It will explore the topics of sustainable agriculture, plant biotechnology, and plant diversity. Students will look at organic vs. inorganic food production, plant genetics, and the effects of greenhouse conditions on plant growth. Students will work in both greenhouses at DHS, learning about hydroponics and aquaponics.

 

AGRIBUSINESS ‐ WORKPLACE EXPERIENCE | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 182480

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Instructors approval and active FFA membership

Description: This course is designed for juniors and seniors to complete a supervised practical experience in the agricultural industry only.  It consists of onsite observation and training in an agribusiness specific to the agricultural area of study of that student.  The class will aid in confirming current educational and career goals and in obtaining hands-on experience.  The student will be responsible for keeping a record book of daily site activities and expenses.  Student must be able to document a minimum of 60 on-site hours and schedule a minimum of one on-site instructor visit per semester.  Daily sign-in with instructor is required before leaving campus for site experience.

 

AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 182010

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Introduction to Agriculture

Description: This course covers the basic concepts of starting your own business related to agriculture. Students will create a business plan, research business concerns, learn about basic financial planning and analysis, sources of funding, how to apply for funding, and setting up and marketing a business. Businesses studied included tack shops, feed stores, raising rodeo bulls, raising and training horses, starting a florist shop, and raising exotic fish (Japanese Koi). Students are encouraged to be both creative and rigorous in designing their business and analyzing profitability. Students will acquire skills applicable in any entrepreneurial venture.

 

AGRICULTURAL BIOLOGY | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2| Course #: 30511

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:

Description: Agricultural Biology is a laboratory science course with the goal of giving students the opportunity to explore biology as it relates to agriculture, food, and natural resources. The course emphasizes detailed knowledge of the biological principles of the following areas: molecular and cellular aspects of living things, structure and function of plants and animals, genetics, physiology, plant and animal diversity and principles of classification, ecological relationships, and animal behavior. Protein synthesis, classification of life, and comparative anatomy units will also be included in this course. Students will participate in discussion, lectures, and readings based on the Colorado Science Standards and the Colorado Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resource standards. Additional topics to be studied include opportunities in the FFA, Colorado agriculture, animal production, plant production, genetics and record keeping. This course may serve as a substitution for Biology if a student completes an approved pathway in Agricultural Education.

 

AGRICULTURAL ENTEREPRENEURSHIP | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 182020

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:

Description: This course emphasizes basic economic concepts, basic financial concepts, and functions of business, business technology, and career preparation. Students will be exposed to various aspects of the agribusiness world. Such topics to be discussed are: marketing, management, economics, accounting, finance, business law, and entrepreneurship. Students will also be exposed to various careers in agribusiness. Furthermore, students are introduced to the steps and research necessary to create their own business. Projects include preparing a Business Plan, business cards, and making a Power Point presentation of their business to community members. Students will also serve as the development and management of the on‐going and developing school based enterprises in the agricultural education program.

 

AGRICULTURAL LEADERSHIP | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 182030

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Instructor approval and active FFA membership

Description: Students in this class provide leadership and are responsible for the implementation of the FFA plan of activities, as well as the business administration and management of the DHS school farm. Students enrolled in this course will receive credit based on their work outside of school hours to accomplish FFA plan of activities and to provide care and maintenance of the school farm, and its related enterprises. Students will maintain a record book where they maintain a record of their time before school, after school and on weekends. Their record books will document their work to plan and implement FFA service project (2 per semester), FFA activities and travel plans (3‐4 per semester.) Students will also complete daily maintenance activities related to the school chickens, rabbits, attached and independent greenhouses, and garden plots. In addition these students will advise business decisions and manage the finances of the FFA Chapter with the supervision of the Teacher/ Advisor.

 

AQUATIC SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 183061

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:

Description: Areas of training in this class involve the care of fish and aquatic plant life, which is a developing industry worldwide. The history of aquaculture and how it pertains to the world will be studies. Aquaculture anatomy and physiology will also be studied. This class will cover aquaculture disease and parasites as well as fish biology and reproduction. Marketing of aqua cultural products will be explored. Knowledge and skills gained in this class will provide opportunities for advanced study at the college level or entry level employment in fisheries, water quality, and care of natural streams and lakes.

 

ENERGY IN COLORADO | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 18505

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Introduction to Agriculture

Description: Energy in Colorado is a course tailored to those students interested in careers in the energy field. It is an introduction to different types of energy in Colorado. Colorado is rich in renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biofuels. Students will study the agricultural uses of biofuels such as ethanol and methane. Petroleum energy and natural gas will also be covered. We will also explore careers in the energy industry.

 

FOREST & FIRE ECOLOGY | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 185041

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Introduction to Agriculture

Description: Forest & Fire Ecology is tailored to students interested in careers in forestry or fire science. It is an introduction to forest ecology, forest management, forest health, watersheds and wildfire behavior. Students will use the Project Learning Tree and National Fire Sciences Lab curriculum.

 

GENERAL HORTICULTURE | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 180520

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Introduction to Agriculture

Description: Students will study plant life, including wild, garden, and greenhouse varieties. They will

have the chance to see exotic and aquatic species in the school greenhouse, visit local greenhouses and

gardens, and set up plant growing projects themselves. They will also study garden design, landscape

design including water structures such as ponds and waterfalls, and explore careers in horticulture.

Floral design including both dried and living arrangements will be included. The applications of modern

scientific knowledge to plant culture will be discussed.

 

INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #:

180010

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:

Description: Students will begin to establish a career path for high school and beyond. They will develop an individualized Supervised Agriculture Experience Program (SAEP) and be introduced to FFA, a co-curricular agricultural student leadership organization.  Animal Science, Ag Business, parliamentary procedure, FFA, landscaping techniques, record keeping, public speaking skills, leadership qualities and career opportunities will be explored.  Students will have the opportunity to start a record book enabling them to earn their FFA Greenhand Degree - SAEs may consist of livestock to show at the county fair, production agriculture or agriculturally related jobs.   All information can be used in developing and presenting the FFA or SAE Career Portfolio. 

 

PLANT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 180521

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Introduction to Agriculture

Description: Students will study plant life, including wild, garden, and greenhouse varieties. They will have the chance to see exotic and aquatic species in the school greenhouse, visit local greenhouses and gardens, and set up plant growing projects themselves. Students will manage the plant science pursuits of the DHS school farm. They will also study garden design, landscape design including water structures such as ponds and waterfalls, and explore careers in horticulture. Students will learn how to build and manage basic technical systems related to plant growth including hydroponics, sprinkler systems, drip systems, and small tool care and maintenance.

 

VETERINARY SCIENCE | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 181050

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Introduction to Agriculture

Description: This course is designed for students who are considering a career involving Veterinary Medicine, such as a veterinarian, veterinary technician, or any other type of animal care professional. Anatomy, physiology and medicine for dogs, cats, horses, farm animals, and exotics such as tropical birds and some zoo animals will be studied. The textbook includes many real life case studies which is the basis for this course.

 

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 185010

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:  Intro to Agriculture

This course discusses the biology and relationships among species of wild animals. We will study both Colorado game and exotic game systems. We will learn to identify different species, understand their place in their ecosystem, and apply that knowledge to game and population managements. Discussion will also include hunting and fishing regulations, water and water pollution, and career options in wildlife and natural resource management.