Plant Systems is a semester-length high school elective that introduces students to the basics of plant biology, soil science, agriculture, and horticulture, along with the environmental management practices involved in each, including integrated pest management, biotechnology, growth techniques, and crop management. Students will learn the basic parts of a plant, how plants are scientifically classified, and how they interact with water, air, nutrients, and light to undergo the processes of photosynthesis and respiration. Plant reproduction, including pollination, germination, and dispersal of seeds, is also presented.
- Unit 1: What is Plant Science: This unit serve as an introduction to plant science in terms of plant biology, soil management, basic conservation techniques, as well as the career tracks common in agriculture, horticulture, landscape design, and biotech research.
- Unit 2: Plant Structure and Function: Unit 2 focuses on the specifics of plant biology and is the most technical unit in the course. Information about plant anatomy briefly introduced in Unit 1 is discussed in more detail, encompassing specifics about flowers and plant reproduction with regard to seeds, pollination, and germination.
- Unit 3: Crop Management: Unit 3 is divided into chapters on precision agriculture and crop management, mostly as they relate to agriculture.
- Unit 4: Specialty Crops: Unit 4 focuses more on horticulture, especially as it pertains to greenhouse crops and orchards.
- Unit 5: Plant Science Careers: The course’s final unit concentrates on careers in the plant sciences. This encompasses a lesson on agricultural economics, which is key to understanding how the agriculture industry affects the U.S. economy as a whole, and by extension the job market for anyone interested in agronomy, horticulture, or landscape design.