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Classes for the El Capitan AG department

Ag Government/ Economics 

In addition to studying Economics in grade twelve, students will also master fundamental economic concepts, applying the tools (graphs, statistics, equations) from other subject areas to the understanding of operations and institutions of economic systems.  Studied in a historic context are the basic economic principles of micro and macroeconomics, international economics, comparative economic systems, measurement, and methods. This course is designed for advanced study of agriculture business opportunities and economics for the college bound student interested in agriculture.  Through the course, the student will understand and apply basic economic principles as they relate to individual consumers, production agriculture, and agri-business management. The students will develop an Agricultural project and keep accurate Agriculture records of expenses, receipts, and profit/losses. This course meets the California UC “g” requirement.

Agriculture Leadership 

This course is designed for students who have demonstrated outstanding potential for leadership. During the course students will examine and analyze the leadership styles of well-known leaders and will focus on leadership principles, as well as the characteristics of successful leaders. Students must meet the requirements set forth by their school before enrollment in the course.  During this course, students will design and complete projects that will serve to achieve their individual academic and/or career goals and help develop their leadership skills.

California Agriculture

 This two-semester course is offered to 9th and 10 graders who have expressed an interest in the field of Agriculture. Areas that will be covered in this course include FFA, animal science, vegetable and field crops, ornamental horticulture, natural resources, agriculture mechanics, and career opportunities in all areas of agriculture. Emphasis will be placed on those clusters of occupations related to the program offered in Vocational Agriculture in the District. The course will be a prerequisite for all other classes in the Vocational Agriculture program. FFA activities will be encouraged and a productive or work experience project will be required. California Agriculture A070-A071 (same as T870-T871) plus Agricultural Biology A250-A251 plus Plant and Soil Science A205-A206 will meet the R1 Life Science (1 year) and the R2 Earth/Physical Science (1 year) graduation requirement [students must take all 3 courses].

Agriculture Soil Chemistry 

(Formerly Agriculture and Soil Chemistry)

This course explores the physical and chemical nature of soil as well as the relationships between soil, plants, animals and agricultural practices. Students will examine properties of soil and land and their connections to plant and animal production. Using knowledge of scientific protocols as well as course content, students will develop an Agriscience research program to be conducted throughout the first semester of the course. To complete that whole project each student will investigate and test an Agriscience research question by formulating a scientific question related to the course content, formulating a hypothesis based on related research, conducting an experiment to test the hypothesis, collecting quantitative data, and forming a conclusion based on analysis of the data.  The result of this research program will be an in depth research and experimentation paper that is technically written, based on scientific protocol, and cited using APA formatting. Additionally, students will develop and present a capstone soil management plan for agricultural producers, using the content learned throughout the course. Throughout the course, students will be graded on participation in intracurricular FFA activities as well as the development and maintenance of an ongoing Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program. Prerequisite: Agriculture Biology or similar course. This course meets the University of California “d” science requirement.

Agriculture Biology 

This is an in depth course designed for college-bound students with interests in animal and plant agriculture. The course will provide a study of living organisms, their interactions with the environment, agriculture and the environment, the molecular, microbiology and cellular aspects of living organisms, plant and animal genetics, taxonomy of plants and animals, comparative anatomy of humans and animals, evidence used to support the theory of evolution, ecology and its effect on biodiversity, and agricultural research and investigation. It is expected that the topics will be covered in great depth and breadth in comparison to traditional Agricultural Biology courses. This class includes extensive laboratory components. Homework will consist of technical reading and writing, lab reports, practical application and intense daily study. Students will be exposed to the FFA and supervised occupational experiences programs. This course meets the UC "d" subject area requirement.

Agriculture Metal Fab Tech   This course provides a background in metal fabrication and its relation to the agriculture field. It is designed to instruct the student in oxyacetylene, shielded metal arc, MIG welding processes, layout and joining techniques for hot and cold metals, forge and making machine tools, sheet metal, properties of metals, and use of metal working equipment that would be used in an agriculture metal shop.  The course will also utilize FFA and supervised occupational experience to develop leadership, record keeping, and gain practical experience. Prerequisite: Completed California Agriculture (A070-A071) with C or better on Instructor's permission.

Agriculture Construction Repair A two-semester course offered to 9th and l0th graders who desire to learn the hand skills common to the farm and home. These include woodworking, soldering, welding, and forging. This course can be taken concurrently with Animal Science 1-2 (A060-A061), or Plant Science 1-2  (A200-A201)

Floral Design 

This course is designed following the California State Board of Education Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards. In this intermediate level course in the Floral Design pathway, students will gain insights into the principles and elements of design, the history of floral art, botany nomenclature and physiology, vocabulary, and cultural aspects of this art medium. The course provides students with knowledge of plant structure and function, botanical nomenclature and scientific procedures utilized in this field. Students will achieve this through reading, research, written and oral assignments and by designing, creating, and critiquing group projects and their own designs. This course meets the University of California “f” credit for Visual & Performing Arts.

Farm Shop 

This two semester course will be offered to students who have completed Construction and Repair of Farm Projects 1-2 as an additional advanced course in the Agricultural Mechanics pathway.  Students further advance their skills in welding, fabrication, and the care and operation of power tools and farm machinery.

Advanced interdisciplinary science 

 This integrated class combines an interdisciplinary approach to laboratory science and research with agricultural management principles. Using skills and principles learned in the course, students design systems and experiments to solve agricultural management issues currently facing the industry. Additionally, students will connect the products created in this class with industry activities to link real world encounters and implement skills demanded by both colleges and careers. The course culminates with an agriscience experimental research project in which students design and conduct an experiment to solve a relevant issue. Final projects will be eligible for Career Development Event competition at FFA events. Throughout the course, students will be graded on participation in intracurricular FFA activities as well as the development and maintenance of an ongoing Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program. This course was created through the UCCI program and meets the University of California "d" science subject area requirement.



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