Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources Management Career Cluster Courses

  • Agriculture Programs of Study

    • Agribusiness
    • Agriculture Engineering & Applied Technologies
    • Food Science 
    • Horticulture Science 
    • Veterinary & Animal Science 
    • Elective Courses 

    Agribusiness Courses and Sequencing

    • Level 1-C18H19 Agriscience or C18H19H Honors Agriscience
      • 1 credit, Open to grades 9 & 10
      • Satisfies third-year lab science graduation credit
      • EPSO: OSHA 10 Industry Certification 
      • Agriscience & Honors Agriscience is an introductory laboratory science course that prepares students for biology, subsequent science and agriculture courses, and postsecondary study. It serves as the first course for all programs of study in the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Cluster. The content area covers ecology, biological processes, sexual and asexual reproduction, and the study of the chemical and physical laws that govern life. This course helps students understand the important role science serves as the agricultural industry advances to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
    • Level 2-C18H41 Principles of Farm and Agribusiness Management 
      • 1 credit
      • Satisfies the fourth year math graduation credit 
      • Teaches students to apply the economic and business principles involved in the sale and supply of agricultural products to a wide range of careers across the industry and builds the foundational knowledge of finance and marketing principles.
    • Level 3 -C18H18 Organizational Leadership & Communications 
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Agriscience or Honors Agriscience
      • EPSO: Intro to Agriculture Leadership Dual Credit Exam (MTSU) Challenge Exam
      • Leadership and communications analyze the attributes and capabilities of those in leadership positions; to assist students in the development of their communication skills and interpersonal relationships and other related skills. Most jobs are lost or gained because of the leadership and communication ability a person has.  Students in this course participate in activities that will assist them in the development of communication and interpersonal skills transferrable to any agribusiness application.
    • Level 4 - C18H11 Agricultural Business & Finance 
      • 1 credit
      • This course satisfies the Personal Finance graduation requirement.
      • Satisfies Economics graduation requirement.
      • EPSO: Statewide Agribusiness Dual Credit (Introduction to Agriculture Business AGRI1010), Agribusiness: Fundamentals and Applications Dual Credit Exam (MTSU) Challenge Exam
      • Agricultural business/ finance contains standards that address the economic principles necessary for a successful business. As technology improves the ability to communicate, market and produce must change in order for industries to remain competitive.
    • Optional Level 4 -C18H10 State-Wide Dual Credit Introduction to Agriculture Business (AGRI 1010)
      • Students must pass a challenge exam to earn three hours of college credit for Introduction to Agriculture Business 
      • This course satisfies the Personal Finance graduation requirement.
      • Agricultural business/ finance contains standards that address the economic principles necessary for a successful business. As technology improves the ability to communicate, market and produce must change in order for industries to remain competitive.

    Agriculture Engineering, Industrial, and Mechanical Systems Courses and Sequencing

    • Level 1-C18H19 Agriscience or C18H19H Honors Agriscience
      • 1 credit, Open to grades 9 & 10
      • Satisfies third-year lab science graduation credit
      • EPSO: OSHA 10 Industry Certification
      • Agriscience & Honors Agriscience is an introductory laboratory science course that prepares students for biology, subsequent science and agriculture courses, and postsecondary study. It serves as the first course for all programs of study in the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Cluster. The content area covers ecology, biological processes, sexual and asexual reproduction, and the study of the chemical and physical laws that govern life. This course helps students understand the important role science serves as the agricultural industry advances to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
    • Level 2-C18H12 Principles of Agricultural Mechanics 
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Agriscience or Honors Agriscience 
      • EPSO: OSHA 10 Industry Certification/ Briggs & Stratton Small Engine Basic Certification
      • This course introduces students to basic skills and knowledge in construction and land management for both rural and urban environments. This course covers topics including project management, basic engine, and motor mechanics, land surveying, irrigation and drainage, agricultural structures, and basic metalworking techniques.
    • Level 3-C18H13 Agriculture Power and Equipment 
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Agriscience, Principles of Agricultural Mechanics 
      • EPSO: Briggs & Stratton Master Service Technician 
      • The course includes basic information and laboratory activities on small engines, tractors, and agricultural equipment maintenance, repair, and overhaul. Standards address competencies for electrical motors, hydraulic systems, and fuel-powered engines.
    • Level 4-C18H42 Agricultural Fabrication and Biosystems Engineering
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Agriscience, Principles of Agricultural Mechanics
      • Satisfies the fourth year math graduation credit  
      • EPSO: OSHA 30 Industry Certification
      • This is an applied course that prepares students for further study or careers in engineering, environmental science, agricultural design and research, and agricultural mechanics. Special emphasis is given to many modern applications or geographical information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) to achieve various agricultural goals.

    Food Science Courses and Sequencing

    • Level 1-C18H19 Agriscience or C18H19H Honors Agriscience
      • 1 credit, Open to grades 9 & 10
      • Satisfies third-year lab science credit
      • EPSO: OSHA 10 Industry Certification
      • Agriscience & Honors Agriscience is an introductory laboratory science course that prepares students for biology, subsequent science and agriculture courses, and postsecondary study. It serves as the first course for all programs of study in the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Cluster. The content area covers ecology, biological processes, sexual and asexual reproduction, and the study of the chemical and physical laws that govern life. This course helps students understand the important role science serves as the agricultural industry advances to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
    • Level 2-C18H29 Principles of Food Production
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Agriscience or Honors Agriscience
      • Principles of Food Production is an applied course in plant and animal agriculture for students interested in pursuing careers in production agriculture or food science.  Students will study principles related to plant and animal structural anatomy, systems physiology, the economics of production, genetics, and biotechnology, and other management approaches associated with plant and animal production.
    • Level 3 -C18H26 Food Science & Safety
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Agriscience, Principles of Food Production
      • Satisfies third-year lab science graduation credit
      • An applied-knowledge course designed for students interested in food science. The course covers fundamental principles of food science, food safety and sanitation, foodborne pathogens, and food-related standards and regulations.  Upon completion of this course, students will be versed in the technical knowledge and skills necessary for further education and careers in food science.
    • Level 4- C18H24 Advanced Food Science
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Agriscience, Principles of Food Production, and Food Science and Safety
      • Satisfies third-year lab science graduation credit
      • A capstone course designed to prepare students for further education and careers in food science and technology. This course covers advanced principles of food science, characteristics, and properties of food products, processing, and grading techniques and skills, and food labeling and packaging principles.

    Horticulture Science Courses and Sequencing

    • Level 1-C18H19 Agriscience or C18H19H Honors Agriscience
      • 1 credit, Open to grades 9 & 10
      • Satisfies third-year lab science credit
      • EPSO: OSHA 10 Industry Certification 
      • Agriscience & Honors Agriscience is an introductory laboratory science course that prepares students for biology, subsequent science and agriculture courses, and postsecondary study. It serves as the first course for all programs of study in the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Cluster. The content area covers ecology, biological processes, sexual and asexual reproduction, and the study of the chemical and physical laws that govern life. This course helps students understand the important role science serves as the agricultural industry advances to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
    • Level 2-C18H30 Principles of Plant Science & Hydroculture 
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Agriscience or Honors Agriscience 
      • EPSO: Intro to Ornamental Horticulture Dual Credit Exam (MTSU) Challenge Exam
      • This course focuses on standards that challenge students to plan for future food needs using advanced technologies and less space. This course covers principles of plant health, growth, reproduction, and biotechnology, as well as fundamental principles of hydroponics and aquaponics
    • Level 3 -C18H09 Introduction to Plant Science State-Wide Dual Credit (AGRI1030) (C18H17 replacing Greenhouse management course)
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s) Agriscience, Principles of Plant Science & Hydroculture
      • This class is also a Dual Credit class.  A student must pass a challenge exam to receive Post-Secondary credit.
      • Satisfies third-year lab science graduation credit
      • EPSO: Statewide Plant Science Dual Credit (Introduction to Plant Science AGRI1030), 
      • This course covers topics to prepare students to be successful in all plant science-based careers. Topics covered include plant anatomy, reproduction, classifications, nutrition, and pest management. Greenhouse structures and production techniques are also covered.  
    • Level 4-C18H16 Landscaping & Turf Science 
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Greenhouse Management or State Wode Dual Credit Plant Science 
      • Satisfies Fine Arts graduation requirement. 
      • EPSO: Capstone course Tennessee Specific Industry Certification and Dual Credit for Landscape and Turf Science Course
      • Landscaping and turf management includes standards to prepare students for creating beautiful environments for homes and businesses.  This course includes site analysis and preparation, landscape drawing, plant selection, and installation.  Maintenance of healthy attractive landscapes and turf areas will be emphasized.  With the increase of urban sprawl, these career opportunities are increasing daily.  Plant science and leadership skills taught in this class will prepare students to meet the demands of this exciting industry.

    Veterinary & Animal Science Courses and Sequencing 

    • Level 1-C18H19 Agriscience or C18H19H Honors Agriscience 
      • 1 credit, Open to grades 9 & 10 
      • Satisfies third-year lab science credit
      • EPSO: OSHA 10 Industry Certification 
      • Agriscience & Honors Agriscience is an introductory laboratory science course that prepares students for biology, subsequent science and agriculture courses, and postsecondary study. It serves as the first course for all programs of study in the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Cluster. The content area covers ecology, biological processes, sexual and asexual reproduction, and the study of the chemical and physical laws that govern life. This course helps students understand the important role science serves as the agricultural industry advances to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
    • Level 2-C18H20 Small Animal Science 
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Agriscience or Honors Agriscience 
      • This course contains objectives for preparing students for careers in managing and caring for specialty and pet animals.  This class will focus on such areas as parasite control, safe animal restraint, safety in chemical application, calculating medicine dosages, analyzing the benefit of neutering and spaying, animal rights vs. animal welfare.  This course covers the anatomy and physiological systems of different groups of small animals, as well as related small animal science careers.
    • Level 3-C18H27 Large Animal Science 
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Agriscience or Honors Agriscience
      • EPSO: Introduction to Animal and Veterinary Science Dual Credit Challenge Exam through MTSU
      • This course is an applied course that prepares students for a career in animal management or veterinary sciences.  It includes basic knowledge of animal anatomy, nutrition, health, genetics, and animal facilities.  Students will explore ways to operate a successful livestock operation.
    • Level 4-C18H21H Honors Veterinary Science 
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Agriscience, Small Animal Science, and Large Animal Science
      • This is a capstone course and all prerequisites must be met in order for students to qualify from the Tennessee Specific Industry Certification-Animal Science certification test. This test if successfully passed will earn both an Industry Certification and Dual Credit in the Introduction Animal Science course. 
      • This course satisfies one laboratory science credit for graduation.
      • EPSO: TSIC Dual Credit and Industry Certification Challenge Exam
      • Veterinary Science is an advanced course in animal science and care for students interested in learning more about becoming a veterinarian, vet tech, vet assistant, or pursuing a variety of scientific, health, or agriculture professions.  This course covers principles of health and disease, basic animal care and nursing, clinical and laboratory procedures, and additional industry-related career and leadership knowledge and skills.

    Optional Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Management courses

    • C18H23 Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE)  
      • 1/2 credit per year, max of 2 total credits prerequisite(s): all 4 animal science courses
      • A Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) is a structured experiential and work-based learning opportunity in school-based agriculture, food, and natural resources programs to extend beyond the classroom that takes place in a setting outside of regular school hours in order to develop an individual student’s industry and career-based competencies. SAEs allow students to experience the diversity of agriculture and natural resources
        industries and to gain exposure to agricultural-related career pathways. SAEs require a documented formal project scope, accurate recordkeeping, and student advisor supervision.
    • C18H28 Natural Resource Management
      • 1 credit, open to grades 10-12, does not count towards the elective focus graduation requirement 
      • This course satisfies one laboratory science credit for graduation.
      • This course covers major types of wildlife resources and their management, major types of forest resources and their management, public policy, the role of public education in managing resources, as well as careers as an environmental scientist, conservationist, forester, or wildlife manager.
    • C25H16 Work-Based Learning: Career Practicum (WBL)
      • 1 credit, up to 2 credits per year, open to grades 11 & 12
      • Admission into this class is by application only.  A student must have a 90% attendance rate for the semester immediately preceding enrollment in this class. Their place of employment must correlate to their chosen Elective Focus and a significant portion of the hours worked must be during the normal school day.
      • Students must be enrolled in a CTE that is related to their job. Students must maintain school attendance of a minimum of 90%, passing grades in all courses, and be able to legally drive to the job site.  This course allows students to leave the school campus daily to gain real-world occupational experience.