Agriculture

  • The agriculture courses focus on marketable skills and college readiness. Students taking agriculture courses will have a variety of hands-on experiences that translate to work and continuing education. The FFA Program is closely linked to the agricultural classes and offers students the ability to develop themselves through a wide variety of leadership activities. Students enrolled in agriculture classes will have the opportunity to participate in the FFA Program.  Enrollment in any agriculture course automatically registers students as an FFA member at no cost.  Look for courses with the FFA emblem. 

    FFA focuses on key skills related to work readiness, teamwork, leadership, decision-making, verbal and written communication, goal-setting, and collaboration. Learning experiences developed through FFA include public speaking, interviewing skills, community service, committee work, and recreational opportunities. In addition, there are money making and awards/travel opportunities for both individuals and teams. Citizenship, leadership, and cooperation are key components of the FFA Program.

    BIOLOGY:  PLANT SCIENCE
    Course Code:  AGR 120/121
    Full Year:  1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Lab Science
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit:  No

    Biology Plant Science is made engaging through real-life activities and scenarios based on agricultural phenomena.  The “Study of Life” is explored through interactive labs, investigations and experiments.  Students will grow crops for the community garden, understand photosynthesis and respiration and understand the interactions of organisms and our World. Other experiences may include the opportunity to examine the life cycle of a chick, collect data and hatch their very own chicken.  Through these hands-on lessons, students will become proficient at the Next Generation Science Standards.  All students become FFA members just by being enrolled in the class and have an opportunity to create projects for fair premiums as well as be a part of the largest youth leadership organization.

    HONORS BIOLOGY:  PLANT SCIENCE
    Course Code:  AGR 716/726
    Full Year:  1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Lab Science
    Academic Acceleration: Prereq: Honors Chem or Opt In
    Grade Level: 10-12
    College Credit:  Yes, SPSCC: BIO160 (5 cr)

    Biology Plant Science is made engaging through real-life activities and scenarios based on agricultural phenomena.  The “Study of Life” is explored through interactive labs, investigations and experiments.  Students will grow crops for the community garden, understand photosynthesis and respiration and become experts at the functions and processes within our cells.  Other experiences may include the opportunity to examine the life cycle of a chick, collect data and hatch their very own chicken.  Through these hands-on lessons, students will become proficient at the Next Generation Science Standards and meet the College in the High School course objectives.  All students become FFA members just by being enrolled in the class and have an opportunity to create projects for fair premiums as well as be a part of the largest youth leadership organization.

    BIOTECH / FORENSICS 1
    Course Code:  AGR 117
    One Semester:  0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  CTE and Lab Science Elective
    Prerequisite:  No
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit:  No

    You will conduct scientific investigations and participate in hands-on laboratory activities to discover the field of biotechnology.  Students will become familiar with the varying fields of biotechnology including applications in plants, animals and people.  The class will cover advancements already made in the field and look at future applications of the technology.  In addition, students will also learn about the field of forensic science.  Students will evaluate evidence and make determinations about who committed the crime.  In addition, we will extract DNA, analyze fingerprints and conduct gel electrophoresis.  Washington State has one of the largest and best bioscience industries in the world and this course will give students an insight into the industry and should provide students who would like to pursue a career in this area of study valuable skills.

    BIOTECH / FORENSICS 2
    Course Code:  AGR 118
    One Semester:  0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  CTE or Science Elective
    Prerequisite:  BioTech / Forensics 1
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit:  Yes, Pierce CJ205 (5 cr)
    Certification:  Precision - Biotechnology (708)

    Interested in forensics and biotechnology as a career?  Advanced topics in tissue culture, DNA, food and environmental biotechnology will be discussed.  Students will learn the steps involved in creating transgenic organisms, cloning and how bacteria and other organisms can be used to break down contaminates into inert molecules.  In addition to biotechnology, students will solve mysteries, investigate crimes and develop evidence collection skills that build upon the ones developed in the first semester.

    Chemistry I is an introduction to the fundamental principles of NGSS Physical Science. This course is a lab science exploring chemical properties and processes through the study of natural phenomena. Topics of study include matter, atoms and the periodic table, chemical reactions, atmospheric chemistry, heat transfer, and convection currents.

    CHEMISTRY I
    Course Code:  AGR 124/125
    Full Year:  1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Lab Science
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 9
    College Credit:  No

    Chemistry I is an introduction to the fundamental principles of NGSS Physical Science. This course is a lab science exploring chemical properties and processes through the study of natural phenomena. Topics of study include matter, atoms and the periodic table, chemical reactions, atmospheric chemistry, heat transfer, and convection currents.

    HONORS CHEMISTRY I
    Course Code:  AGR 126/127
    Full Year:  1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Lab Science
    Acad. Acceleration: B or Better in 8th grade Science and Algebra
    Grade Level: 9
    College Credit:  No

    Honors Chemistry I addresses the same standards as Chemistry I, however, at a more rigorous level with an accelerated pace. Honors Chemistry I introduces the fundamental principles of NGSS Physical Science. This course is a lab science exploring chemical properties and processes through the study of natural phenomena. Topics of study include matter, chemical reactions, atmospheric chemistry, heat transfer, and convection currents.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
    (Environment Society is AGR702 and Earth as Ecosystem is AGR 703)

    Course Code:  AGR 702/703
    Full Year:  2.0 credits (1.0 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Lab Science, CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  Biology or Biology:  Plant Science
    Grade Level: 11-12
    College Credit:  Yes, passage of AP Exam or CWU: ENST 201/202 (10 cr)

    AP Environmental Science is a yearlong science course designed to combine college level instruction with weekly hands-on lab activities and field investigations. Through this course you will use scientific concepts, principles, and methods to understand the relationships between humanity and the natural world. This course uses solution focused analysis to examine data and scenarios to discuss alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing environmental problems.

    FLORAL DESIGN 1
    Course Code:  AGR 555
    One Semester: 0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Art, CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  No
    Certification: Precision Floral (131)
    Cost:  $15.00

    In this class, you will learn the art of designing with flowers.  Students will make corsages and boutonnieres, holiday decorations, round arrangements and line arrangements. The floral industry is one of the largest in the field of horticulture and agriculture and employs many in a wide range of wage earners to shop owners. Key factors along with design will include merchandising and marketing, sales and service, interview skills, as well as field trips to see different aspects of the floral design industry, including distribution and design.

    FLORAL DESIGN 2, 3, & 4
    Course Code:  AGR 556 AGR 557, AGR 558
    One Semester: 0.5 credit 
    Credit for Graduation:  Art, CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  Floral Design
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit:  Yes
    Certification:  Precision Floral (131)
    Cost:  $15.00

    Floral Design 2, 3, & 4 are intended for those students who successfully complete Floral Design and want to pursue advanced projects and subject matter. In addition to wedding and funeral planning, students will gain entrepreneurial skills by creating and stocking a simulated floral shop, creating a variety of specialty arrangements with a focus on vase design. In addition, students will develop a work plan for product delivery.

    GREENHOUSE MANAGEMENT
    Course Code:  AGR122
    One Semester:  0.5 credit 
    Credit for Graduation:  CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit:  Yes, Walla Walla AGRPR113 (5cr)
    Certification:  Precision - Greenhouse Mgmt (132)

    This is primarily a project based class. You will learn about greenhouse management and build model greenhouses. You will learn many of the skills necessary to manage the plants in the second semester. We will learn about perennials, how to make bulbs bloom in February, and will get the opportunity to make Christmas Wreaths. In addition, you will learn the skills necessary to grow a greenhouse full of plants. Students that take this class are often the group managers in the Greenhouse Operations class. Students will learn basic plant care, physiology of plants, and grow plants hydroponically. Greenhouse Management students will be able to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by the FFA. The Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event gives students the opportunity to travel and expand their skills in the plants industry.

    GREENHOUSE OPERATION
    Course Code:  AGR 123
    One Semester:  0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit:  Yes, Walla Walla AGRPR113 (5cr)
    Certification:  Precision - Greenhouse Mgmt (132)

    Why sit in class when you can learn and be active.This class is 80% active, “hands-on” activity that is fun, interactive and rewarding. In Greenhouse Operations, you will have the opportunity to raise plants for a $20,000 plant sale and learn important sales skills. You make the management decisions on plant care and greenhouse management as you work to raise the plants. When the sale starts you will be overwhelmed by all the people that come to the sale and positive comments about the plants you grew. In addition, you learn some valuable, lifelong skills in America’s number one hobby.  You will learn basic plant care, physiology of plants and how to diagnose plant problems, determine plant selections, planting schedules and wholesale operations. You will also develop nursery plants as part of the greenhouse industry. By being a member of this class, you will become an FFA member and will be able to earn over 30 hours of community service. 

    HOME SHOP 1
    Course Code: AGR570
    One Semester:  0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  Yes, SPSCC WELD100 (5 cr)
    Certification:  Precision - Welding (595)

    Tired of sitting at a desk all day? Want to put both your hands and mind to work? Then make the choice not to be a “desk potato” and sign up for Home Shop. This class is a semester long course that allows students to gain practical application skills in basic arc and gas welding, tool identification, wood working, cold metal, copper pipe soldering and use of the cutting torch. Students will be instructed on safety, project design and fabrication.

    HOME SHOP 2
    Course Code: AGR571
    One Semester:  0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  Home Shop 1
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit:  Yes, Bates WELD107 (1 cr)
    Certification:  OSHA 10, Precision - Welding (595-596)

    Continue to develop your skills and work in a team environment on class projects. Students will learn how to weld pieces of metal together using arc, oxygen acetylene, and MIG welding processes. Specific skills development will be based on the college credit competencies for torch cutting and individual preferences. All students will learn workplace safety and test for the OSHA 10 certification.  OSHA 10 is required for enrollment in Home Shop 3.

    HOME SHOP 3
    Course Code: AGR572
    One Semester:  0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  Home Shop 2 & OSHA 10
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit:  Yes, Bates WBAS101 (8 cr)
    Certification:  Precision - Welding (595, 596, 597)

    Advanced skills in reading blueprints, creating projects using all three welding processes, and being group leaders are a focus in this class.  Students must be self-motivated and responsible.  You will learn to manage your time on projects.  To earn college credit in arc welding and oxygen acetylene welding, you will need to show mastery of the concepts basic horizontal and some vertical welding and invest time and practice the skills.

    HOME SHOP 4
    Course Code: AGR573
    One Semester:  0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  Home Shop 3 & OSHA 10
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit:  Yes, Bates WELD105 (5 cr)
    Certification:  Precision - Welding (595, 596, 597)

    Advanced skills in managing a group, writing blueprints, arc welding, oxygen acetylene welding, MIG welding, and projects are a focus in this class.  You will also be learning Project and Shop Management skills.  As a leader, you will be expected to assist and mentor novice students.  To earn college credit in arc welding, oxygen acetylene welding, MIG welding, and torch cutting, you will need to show mastery of the horizontal and vertical weld concepts, how to read and write a blueprint and invest time and practice the skills.

    LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION
    Course Code:  AGR 561
    One Semester:  0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  CTE, Art or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  No
    Certification:  Precision - Landscape (133)

    In this class you will learn about pruning and the growing field of Turf and Golf Management. You will also be asked to design and install different areas of campus including our land lab with new landscape materials. The course will touch on irrigation, waterfalls, pavers, and flagstone pathways. By obtaining the listed skill set, you will have highly employable skills that can be applied to help pay for college or apply to a career in the horticulture industry. This class provides students the ability to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by the FFA and enter class projects for fair premiums. The Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event gives students the chance to travel and expand their skills in the horticulture industry.

    LANDSCAPE DESIGN
    Course Code:  AGR 560
    One Semester:  0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Art, CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  No
    Certification:  Precision - Landscape (133)

    Students will practice and work towards perfecting their landscape design principles, by learning how to draw houses, symbols, walkways, trees, and shrubs. Students will also walk away with the ability to design a landscape that is eye appealing and follows all landscape principles. Students will learn plant selection, landscape planning and layout. Students will design a real landscape and choose the correct plants. The design can be exhibited at local fairs for a chance to earn premium points. Students will gain an understanding about the variety of landscape plants and learn how to identify different species. Students who choose to stay in second semester, often become group leaders for the larger landscape projects. Advanced students may use the industry approved computer design programs to expand their skill set. This class provides students the ability to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by the FFA. The Nursery/ Landscape Career Development Event gives students the chance to travel and expand their skills in the horticulture industry.

    SMALL GAS ENGINES
    Course Code:  AGR 141
    One Semester:  0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  No
    Certification:  Stihl iCADEMY, Precision - Small Engines (501)

    With an industry demand much larger than the supply of technicians, small gas engines is a course designed to introduce the students to the field of small gasoline engine repair including an overview of job opportunities and skills required for a small engine repairman. Training will be provided in the principles and operation of two and four cycle small engines and electrical systems. Safe shop practices and procedures will be covered, including safe equipment operation, proper tool usage, personal protective gear, and emergencies. Complete disassembly and reassembly of modern engines, troubleshooting, and proper repair techniques will be learned and demonstrated. Hands-on testing and inspection of engine systems will be emphasized. This course encompasses equipment that is powered by small engines, i.e., lawn mowers, grass trimmers, and chainsaws.

    ADVANCED SMALL GAS ENGINES
    Course Code:  AGR 142
    One Semester:  0.5 credit (may be repeated with Teacher permission)
    Credit for Graduation:  CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  Small Gas Engines with C or better or Teacher Permission
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit:  No
    Certification:  Stihl iCADEMY

    Students will deepen their knowledge of the core principles and use problem solving skills to evaluate engine failure analysis, conduct tune-ups on various engine types, and troubleshoot and repair in an extensive laboratory experience.  Students will also be given the opportunity to earn Outdoor Power Equipment Industry (EETC) certification.

    SUSTAINABLE HABITATS 1
    Course Code:  AGR 133
    One Semester:  0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit:  No
    Certification:  Precision - Natural Resource I (170)

    This class is designed for the serious student that enjoys fisheries, watershed management, the outdoors, and is concerned about the environment and current habitat issues. Students will explore the career possibilities in natural resource management and fisheries. Areas covered are ecosystem management, habitat management, fisheries management, watersheds and recreational use.  Students will explore these topics through group activities and labs located both on and off campus.  Engineering concepts will be covered both through the environmental aspect and via custom fishing rod construction. This course is designed for the student who plans on entering into higher education in any of the areas in natural resource management.

    SUSTAINABLE HABITATS 2
    Course Code:  AGR 233
    One Semester:  0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  Sustainable Habitats 1
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit:  No
    Certification:  Precision -  Natural Resource II (173)

    This class is designed for the serious student that enjoys wildlife, the outdoors, and is concerned about the environment. Discover the possibilities in natural resource management and forestry. Students will investigate ecosystem management, habitat management, forest biology, reforestation plans and tree planting, forest and tree measurement, land location and surveying, log volumes, plant and animal relationships, wildlife relationships, outdoor power equipment and its proper use.  Students will explore these topics through group activities and labs located both on and off campus. This course is designed for the student who plans on entering into higher education in any of the areas in natural resource management.

    VETERINARY SCIENCE
    Course Code:  AGR 114
    One Semester:  0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit:  No

    Get a head start in the medical profession! This class focuses on veterinary medicine however it provides an excellent background for any medical field. Learn to talk like a medical professional. You will learn medical terminology which is essential in this industry. You will also learn breed identification for both large and small animals. Topics will include anatomy, physiology, bacteriology, disease prevention and treatment. Labs will include a “hands-on” approach with dissections.