Agriculture Science


​The two-year Agriculture Science program (Animal and Plant) is based on the C.A.S.E. (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education) program. These foundation-level courses engage students in hands-on laboratories and activities to explore the world of animal and plant agriculture. View Program Flyer

During the animal science portion of the course, students develop a comprehensive Producer’s Management Guide for an animal of their choice. Student experiences involve the study of animal anatomy, physiology, behavior, nutrition, reproduction, health, selection, and marketing. Throughout the course, students consider the perceptions and preferences of individuals within local, regional, and world markets.

The plant sciences portion teaches students the form and function of plant systems. Student experiences include the study of plant anatomy and physiology, classification, and the fundamentals of production and harvesting. Students learn how to apply scientific knowledge and skills to use plants effectively for agricultural and horticultural production. Students discover the value of plant production and its impact on the individual, the local, and the global economy.

Recommended to take prior to enrollment or concurrently at home district:

  • Introduction to Food
  • Natural Resources
  • FFA
  • Introduction to Agriculture

Available Academic Credits

  • CTE Integrated Math (1 credit to satisfy third year of math; junior year)
  • CTE Integrated Science (1 credit to satisfy third year of science; junior year)
  • English 12 (1 credit to satisfy fourth year of ELA; senior year)
  • Career & Financial Management (1/2 credit)
  • CTE elective (4.5 credits) 8.0 credits total over two year program

Topics Covered:

Animal Program

  • History and Use of Animals
  • Animal Handling and Safety
  • Cells and Tissues
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Reproduction
  • Genetics
  • Animal Health
  • Animal Products, Selection, & Marketing

Plant Program

  • Soils
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Taxonomy
  • Growing Environment
  • Reproduction
  • Pest and Disease Management
  • Crop Production and Marketing

College credit available through the program

  • SUNY Cobleskill

Related career opportunities

  •   Agricultural Engineer
  •  Food Scientist
  •  Large animal veterinarian
  •   Computational biologist/bioinformaticist
  •  Farm Production Manager
  •  Greenhouse Manager
  •  Soil Scientist/Soil Conservationist
  •  Artificial Insemination Technician
  •  Livestock Feedlot Operator
  •  Ranch/Farm Hand
  •  Veterinarian
  •  Food Manufacturing

Technical Assessment

  • NOCTI Agriculture
  • Pass ALL 3 parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio

* Successful passing of this written exam may be counted as the fifth required Regent’s exam for graduation.

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