Department of Agricultural Sciences
Agricultural Education is based on a three component model; Classroom instruction, FFA, and a Supervised Agricultural Experiment (SAE). For the integrity of the St. Louis Agricultural Science Department, each student will conduct an SAE and be highly encouraged to participate in FFA, including career development events. FFA and SAEs will both be covered in class and an orientation will be given.
Animal Science 1 Cr.
Animal science students will experience working with an assortment of animals both large and small. The study of careers in the animal industry, selection, and marketing will be included. Field trips and in school experiences will allow for hands on approach to the study of animals. Students will study feeding, genetics, marketing, and an intense animal health unit. Hands on experience with animals to promote safe and healthy conditions for all animals and people. The class will visit local farms, businesses and veterinarians to understand the complexities of animal production. *Recommended as the first Ag Class.
Plant Science 1 Cr.
Plant Science students will gain experience working with plants and soils. Fast plants, hydroponics systems, use of the greenhouse and field trips will allow students to learn about careers in plant science, botany, plant nutrition, reproduction, and pests of agricultural and horticultural plants. Plant science students will work in all phases of greenhouse management. This would include traditional growing and hydroponics systems. Study of floriculture and turf grass planting and upkeep will be included. The class will allow students to experience the huge greenhouse and bedding plant industry first hand. Botany, plant nutrition, reproduction, and greenhouse pests will be studied.
Natural Resources & Wildlife Management 1 Cr.
*Prerequisites: Plant & Animal Science
Natural Resources and Wildlife Management students will investigate a variety of topics as they relate to Environmental Systems. Topics will include, but are not limited to; soil science, water quality and use, forestry, energy production, game regulations, and naturally occurring cycles. Though this course students will have the opportunity for hands on learning at our Camp Monroe Facility. Students will investigate local water sources for quality standards and learn about quality standards. Furthermore, students will complete a Nature Journal, through which students will explore their environment.
College, Career, and Lifelong Learning (Leadership) 1 Cr.
*Prerequisite: Plant and Animal Science
This class focuses on the individual student, preparing each for life after high school. We will explore personality traits, employability skills, mental health, time management, goal setting, and best practices for educational success. Each student will update their resume and portfolio, and practice public speaking skills in order to prepare them for future interviews. Students will also explore “non-traditional” education, to help them decide where their future lies.
Agricultural Mechanics and Fabrication (Ag Shop 1) 1 Cr.
Students who enroll in this class will be introduced to the basics of mechanical skills and basic fabrication. This class will cover four main units; Woodworking, Electrical, Plumbing, and Small Gas engines. In the Woodworking unit students will learn the basics of construction, how to operate tools and equipment, and the shop safety rules. In electrical and plumbing, students will learn general electrical wiring and plumbing for residential/industrial settings. Small Gas engines is a unit which will expose students to engine repair and maintenance, as well as simple vehicle maintenance.
Advanced Agricultural Mechanics and Fabrication (Ag Shop 2) 1 Cr.
*Prerequisite: Ag Shop
Advanced Ag Mech/Fab students will be able to focus on building their individual talents in the shop. Students will also aid the Ag Mech and Fab students, as they work in the shop. This course will allow students the flexibility to study the areas they find most influential to them. Students will have to complete a final project of which they will have to work independently, and which highlights their skills.