Animal and Agricultural Sciences

Program Description

Agriculture is the second largest industry in Michigan. Careers in agriculture are vast and go unfilled each year. A wide variety of crops, fruits, and vegetables are grown in Michigan, making it second only to California in the diversity of its agriculture. This program provides an exploration or the MANY careers in the agricultural industry. Students will learn about the business of agriculture, animal production, plant science, soil science, aquaculture, environmental science, agronomy, and more! Students will also learn about animal science and care. Earn OSHA Career Safety Certification and have the opportunity for leadership development and competition through FFA, a national organization for Agriscience students. College credit can be earned through Michigan State University.

Program Content

Animal Safety and Care
Animal Anatomy, Physiology, and Nutrition
Animal Health and Diseases
Companion, Scientific and Lab Animals
Animal Handling
Veterinary Technology
Clinical & Hospital Procedures
Personal Management and Employability Skills
Technical Communications
Career Research and Development
Lab Safety
Entrepreneurship & Management
Ethics and Responsibility
Leadership and Teamwork
Principles of Animal Science
Principles of Plant Science
Soil Science
Environmental Science

Special Program Features

Students may participate in FFA, a national organization that provides opportunities to develop premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Students will be able to participate in various leadership, team-building, and skills contests.
11th and 12th grade students will complete and present Capstone projects.
Work-based learning
Tech Prep Program

Students Can Earn:

4.0 cr. Agriscience & Technologies

Student Certifications

Program completers may qualify for the following industry certifications
OSHA Career Safety Certification
Passes Edge Safety Certification
Veterinary Science Student Certification
CareerSafe Safety Education Training
Personal Management & Employability Skills

Program Requirements

“C” or better grades in science and math courses
Interest in learning about and working with animals
Interest and willingness to participate in FFA leadership activities and skills competitions
Willingness to work with and handle animals
Text reading level: 11th grade

Career Possibilities

Agricultural Educator, Animal Caretaker, Animal Chiropractor, Animal Nutritionist, Animal Scientist, Agriculturalist, Breeding Physiologist, Dairy Producer, Equine Manager, Feed Sales Rep/Feed Sales Specialist, Seed Sales Representative, Feedlot Specialist, Livestock Buyer, Livestock Inspector, Livestock Producer, Pet Shop Clerk/Manager/Owner, Poultry Manager, USDA Food Inspector, Veterinarians, Veterinary Assistant, Veterinary Technician, Wildlife Biologist, Wildlife Research, Agronomist, Greenhouse Manager, DNR Officer, Plant Geneticist, Fruit and Vegetable Producer