Agriculture students benefit from National FFA organization memberships, conventions and competitions. Students also take part in Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs) that provide opportunities for travel, recognition and skill building. There is also the potential for wages and scholarships.

Advanced Life Science: Animals

This course meets the state standards and requirements for science credit on a Core 40, Academic Honors &Technical Honors Diploma. Students have the opportunity to earn three (3) college credits by taking the approved test for the Purdue University course ANSC 10600 – Biology of Companion Animals. To receive this credit, students must have received a C+ or higher in Biology and ICP or Chemistry I; additional fees apply unless the student is on free/reduced lunch.

Students enrolled in this course formulate, design, and carry-out animal based laboratory investigations as an essential course component. Key concepts grasped during these laboratories enable students to understand animal growth, development, and physiology as it pertains to animal science. Other topics addressed in this class include animal taxonomy, life at the cellular level, organ systems, genetics, evolution and historical and current issues in animal agriculture. Students completing this course will be able to solve problems related to biology and chemistry in advanced courses and experiences relating to animal development. The agri-science lab is used to compliment and expand student activities. Students enjoy learning about animal growth, nutrition, and behavior by hatching chicks and/or ducklings in this class.

Advanced Life Science: Plants & Soils

This course meets the state standards and requirements for science credit on a Core 40, Academic Honors and Technical Honors Diploma. Four (4) college credits may be earned by taking the approved test for the Purdue University course BTNY 2100 – Introduction to Plant Science. To receive this credit, students must have received a C+ or higher in Biology and ICP or Chemistry I; additional fees apply unless the student is on free/reduced lunch.

In this laboratory based class, students will apply biology, chemistry and earth science concepts to plants, soil, and the earth in which we live. Using scientific inquiry, students examine the internal structures, functions, genetics, and processes of living plants in addition to plants interactions with soil and the environment. Current trends in plant and soil science are addressed and include genetic modification of plants, plants used for bio-fuels, and variable rate technology of fertilizer and chemical applications on land. The agri-science lab is used to compliment and expand student activities.

Agricultural Electricity, Carpentry, Plumbing & Concrete

This course is ideal for students wishing to pursue a career in the construction industry or interested in enrolling in the building trades program. Through a variety of lab and classroom activities students will create and test different types of circuits, switches, and fixtures. Students will also identify and construct plumbing joints and fixtures. Emphasis will also be placed on carpentry and framing skills as well as basic concrete construction processes.

Agribusiness Management

Students will gain first-hand experience operating and managing an actual agribusiness enterprise. During the second trimester the class will visit a number of local agribusinesses and utilize guest speakers to broaden their understanding of the variety of agribusinesses. Students have the opportunity to earn three (3) college credits in the Ivy Tech course AGRI 102.

Agribusiness Management is a year-long course which presents the concepts necessary for managing an agriculture-related business. Concepts covered include: identification of careers in agribusiness; planning, organizing, and managing an agribusiness; economic principles, using credit, record keeping, managing risk by using the commodities and future markets, decision making, budgeting, fundamentals of cash flow, purchasing and marketing commodities, the role of technology in agribusiness, and employer-employee relations and responsibilities.

Animal Science

This course is a basic introduction to animal science involving both large and small animals. Animal Science-Introductory provides students with an overview of the field of animal science. Students will be exposed to numerous species of both large and small animals. The history of animal and
agriculture as well as study on individual species and their importance to man are a primary emphasis of this course. Topics to be addressed include: understanding related terms, careers in animal science, facility and equipment requirements, and general management practices for the care and maintenance of these animals. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify more specific areas of study in the Animal Science Cluster.

Emerging Technologies & Large Equipment Classification & Operation

Through a variety of field and laboratory activities, students will be able to experience the design, construction, management, and maintenance of modern agricultural equipment, and machinery while exploring career possibilities within the agriculture mechanics field. The emphasis on this course will center on: modern farm equipment and machinery, the use of global positioning systems (GPS) in conjunction with precision farming, and utilizing the benefits of this technology in decision making and operation and selection of agricultural equipment and machinery. Students will participate in a simulated tractor driving scenario.

Environmental Conservation

This introductory course is designed for students with an interest in our environment. This course looks at the relationship between man, our environment, and our natural resources. Students will be exposed to a variety of current issues (such as global warming, the green movement, our dependence on foreign oil, alternative energy sources, etc.). Laboratory projects will illustrate how man has both a negative and positive impact on the environment. Upon completion of this course students will be able to identify more specific areas of study in the Environmental Awareness/Natural Resources Cluster.

Exploring Leadership in Agriculture

This course is a recommended prerequisite for other agriculture courses. This course is highly recommended for FFA members desiring to strengthen their leadership skills and develop their supervised agricultural experience/proficiency program. This course provides students with an introduction to the fundamentals of modern agriculture, leadership, and FFA. Topics covered include: Leadership, team building, public speaking, agriculture awareness & advocacy, supervised agricultural experience (SAE), career development events, and FFA. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify more specific areas of agriculture for further study. A committee & project based approach is used for student learning in this class.

Horticulture Science

This course is designed to give students a background in the field of horticulture and its many career opportunities. Students wanting to successfully complete the landscape class should consider this course. Greenhouse management is an important component and students will be involved through the growing, production, processing, and marketing of horticultural plants. Students wanting to participate in FFA horticulture judging competition are encouraged to take this course. This course combines hands-on learning, laboratories, and traditional classroom activities to teach topics related to the greenhouse and nursery production, floriculture, and landscaping industries. Topics include horticultural careers, plant growth & reproduction, and production of plants for food. Successful completion of Horticulture I is required before advancing onto Horticulture II.

In Horticulture Science II, students will be active in the greenhouse management through hands-on activities. Students have the opportunity to ear three (3) college credits in the Ivy Tech course AGRI 116. Students enrolling in this course will enjoy learning about greenhouse production & management, insect & pest management, production of landscape plants, and marketing horticultural products. Hands-on experience and meeting professionals in the horticulture industry are an important component in this course.

Landscape Management

Evaluating an off-site landscape project with a prospective client, develop and design a detailed drawing for the site, and the final selection and installation of the landscape plants and materials is the main emphasis of this course. This course has a limited enrollment due to the off-campus landscape project. Students completing the prerequisite will be given first priority. This course provides the student with an overview of the field of landscape management. Students are introduced to the procedures used in the planning & design of a landscape, the principles & procedures involved with landscape construction, the maintenance schedules of a landscape, the management skills necessary in landscaping operations, and the care & use of equipment utilized by landscapers. Students will gain experience both in drawing and using computer programs for landscape designs.

Large Animal Selection & Management

Students are required to attend one Career Development Event (Large Animal Judging) during the spring trimester. This course focuses on the evaluation, selection, care and management of large animals, with an emphasis on horses. It is highly recommended for any student that is planning to raise large animals or wants to participate in the FFA horse, dairy, or livestock Career Development Event judging competitions.

Natural Resources

Students have the opportunity to earn three (3) college credits in the Ivy Tech course AGRI 115. This course provides students with a background in natural resource management. Students are introduced to career opportunities and related industries, the importance of the forest industry, forest improvement and management, water and its importance to natural resource management, waste management (including hazardous wastes), identifying recreational uses of our natural resources, alternative energy sources, the identification, management, and habitat requirements of wildlife, waterfowl and fish, surveying and map use, and outdoor safety and the weather. A variety of laboratory activities compliment this coursework.

Plant & Soil Science

Students participate in a variety of hands-on laboratory work. Topics include: types of soil, identifying physical features of the soil, determining appropriate management practices of a particular soil, selecting a home site, appropriate management practices of a home site, land measurement, the taxonomy of plants, plant components and their functions, plant propagation, photosynthesis and respiration, diseases and pests of plants, the latest use of technology (including GPS and GIS), plant biotechnology, and career opportunities in the field of plant and soil science.

Small Animal Care & Management

This course focuses on the selection, care and management of a variety of small animals. It is highly recommended for any student that is planning to pursue a career related to small animals or wants further knowledge on the raising and caring of pets.

Small Engines & Welding

In this course, students will receive a combination of classroom and shop related activities covering the principles of the operation and care of two and four-cycle small engines. Emphasis will be placed on the proper use of tools, service, repair, maintenance, and safety required in working with small engines. Students will also receive introductory skills and training on how to use an oxyacetylene torch, shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), and metal inert gas (MIG) welding.

Supervised Agricultural Experience

Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) is designed to provide students the opportunity to gain experience and leadership skills in the agricultural field(s) in which they are interested. Students experience and apply what is learned in the classroom to real-life situations. Students work closely with their agricultural science and business teacher(s), parents, and/or employers to get the most out of their SAE program. This course is to be offered each trimester as well as during the summer session.

Sustainable Energy Alternatives

Sustainable Energy Alternatives is a two trimester course that broadens a student’s understanding of environmentally friendly energies. In this course students will use a combination of classroom, laboratory, and field experiences to analyze, critique, and design alternative energy systems. Class content and activities center on renewability and sustainability for our planet. Topics covered in this course include the following types of alternative energies: solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and emerging technologies. Leadership development, supervised agricultural experience and career exploration opportunities in the field sustainable energy are also included.

Veterinary Science

The Veterinary Science class is designed for students considering a career in veterinary medicine or an animal science field. As a continuation of the Animal Science– Introductory course, students will be exposed to a more detailed study of both large and small animals in terms of basic anatomy and physiology as well as common diseases and parasites. The class will involve a closer look at health care and disease prevention, routine observations and procedures, diagnostic principles and techniques, treating animal diseases, and common tools of the veterinary trade. Students will create a portfolio of knowledge and skills attained for use when applying for jobs in the veterinary or health care industry or to veterinary school.