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Animal Systems

Animal Systems

The role of animals in civilization has an ancient history, and they are no less prominent in today’s society. For example, pigs were domesticated in China as long as 10,000 years ago and are still vital to our lifestyle today. But we know that pigs are also intelligent beings. What are their preferences for habitat and treatment, and what are their social and reproductive habits?

Animals today are used for clothing, food, transportation, agriculture, herding, companionship, guide assistance, and crime fighting, and research continues to reveal new uses. As our scientific understanding of animal systems grows, so do our best practices, ethical considerations, and research applications. How mankind treats animals impacts their well-being and productivity.

The course provides students with a wealth of information on livestock-management practices, animal husbandry, physiological systems, the latest scientific trends, and innovations in food production.

Changes in practices, regulations, and legislation for animal welfare continue as new research provides solutions to medical, ethical, and practical concerns. The course reviews current topics, such as advancements in technology and research, and defines areas of discussion while maintaining focus on best-management practices. How the research translates to management practices is a vital area of study and discussion.

Objectives

  • Understand the role of animal agriculture in society.
  • Examine and apply best-management practices in animal agriculture.
  • Compare animal welfare versus animal rights.
  • Evaluate and select superior animals to be used for reproductive purposes.
  • Investigate animal-performance data.
  • Explore careers in animal agriculture.
  • Study the environmental impact of animal management and production systems.

Animal Systems Course Requirements
This is an introductory course in animal systems at the high-school level. An interest in animal physiology, husbandry, livestock, veterinary practice, animal welfare, or food production would be desirable for students of the course. The information gained will be helpful in making educational decisions for undergraduate or graduate study. A student might use the knowledge gained from the course to further an interest in becoming a chef, a researcher, a doctor, a wildlife-management professional, or any number of applicable careers. No previous experience in or knowledge of these careers is required for the course.

Some students will have more experiential knowledge of animals; however, hands-on experience is not a requirement. The course covers livestock anatomy, physiology, and reproductive systems, but medical knowledge is not required for the course.

The ability to review online information, research topics independently, pursue hands-on projects, and create reports and presentations is required.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources
Course Length: Semester

Agribusiness Systems

Agribusiness Systems

Agribusiness Systems is a semester-length high school elective that introduces the business, management, marketing, and financial skills needed to successfully produce food, fiber, and fuel for domestic and global markets. Nearly 16 percent of total U.S. employment and 14 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product can be attributed to agribusiness systems, which means agriculture, food, and natural resources play a pivotal role in the economic success of our nation.

Students will learn about the components of the agribusiness system and how they interact to deliver food to our tables. They will also learn about the key elements of a successful agribusiness enterprise: economics, financial management, marketing and sales, and government policies and regulations.

Objectives

  • Introduce the components of agribusiness systems.
  • Explain key business and management principles and issues for the agribusiness enterprise.
  • Present an overview of the knowledge and skills needed by agribusiness enterprises.
  • Expose students to career opportunities in agribusiness.
  • Analyze and interpret agricultural policies in relation to their effects on the agribusiness system and agribusiness enterprises.
  • Understand the impact of green practices and sustainability principles on natural resources and how they affect food production.
  • Recognize the need for accurate records and financial practices to maintain a successful agribusiness enterprise.
  • Analyze budgets and forecasts to determine business strategies.
  • Develop interpersonal and communication skills and critical thinking skills that are necessary for a successful career in the constantly changing agribusiness industry.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of global markets, trade policies, and food security and safety issues that affect the agribusiness industry.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources
Course Length: Semester

Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary course covering a wide variety of topics including biology, physics, geology, ecology, chemistry, geography, astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, and engineering. The course also considers ways in which human populations affect our planet and its processes. Of special emphasis is the concept of sustainability as a means of using resources in a way that ensures they will always be around us.

The unifying concepts that tie the different areas of environmental science together are as follows:

  • Science provides a way to learn more about the world and influences how we understand it.
  • Energy conversions underlie all ecological processes.
  • The Earth is one interconnected system.
  • Humans change natural systems.
  • Environmental issues have a cultural and social context.
  • Human existence depends in part on increasing practices that will achieve sustainability.

Students at this level should show development in their understanding of scientific inquiry. The course provides hands-on labs and research to aid in arriving at a deeper understanding of the environment and the impact of humans on it today and in the past. The labs will call upon students to analyze many different processes and systems, arrive at conclusions, and determine ways in which every person can positively influence the environment.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Define environmental science and describe the field of environmental science studies;
  • Identify the other fields of study that contribute to environmental science;
  • Identify ways in which humans depend on the environment;
  • Give examples of renewable and nonrenewable resources and distinguish between them;
  • List the five general causes of environmental degradation;
  • Explain what is meant by sustainability;
  • Define energy;
  • Describe different forms of energy, and give examples of each;
  • Understand energy transformation, energy efficiency, and the law of conservation of energy.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Science
Course Length: Year