Agriculture Career

Pathway Flow Chart

The below flow chart is a basic outline of the courses that studets take each year within a specific Carreer Pathway. Inorder to ensure that the student is meeting the necessary requriems for their accademic plan please contact one of the SMHS Agriculture teachers today!

Course Description

Agriculture Science 1

The Agriculture Science 1 course is designed to include units in: California Agriculture, Principles of Soil Science, the Environment and Earth’s Resources, Applied Agri-science and Technology and Agriculture Research. This course provides students with critical thinking and leadership development skills via the FFA student agricultural experience project is required for all students.


Agriculture Biology

Agricultural Biology is a one year, laboratory science course designed for the college-bound student with career interests in agriculture. Using agriculture as the learning vehicle, the course emphasizes the principles, central concepts and inter-relationships among the following topics: the molecular and cellular aspects oflife, the chemical structural basis of life, energetics of life, growth and reproduction in plans and animals, evolution of modern plants and domestic livestock species, plant and animal genetics, taxonomy of modern agricultural plants and animals, animal behavior, ecological relationships among plans, animals, humans and the environment, nutrition in animals, health and diseases in animals, and the similarities between animals and humans. The curse is centered around an extensive laboratory component in order to connect the central idea of biological science with agricultural applications, earth and physical science principals, and other curricular areas, including extensive written and oral reporting skills.


Ag Chemistry

This is a college preparatory course for students interested in pursuing agricultural science programs in college, with emphasis on chemistry's applications to the environment and agricultural practices. Students will spend approximately 30% of this course engaged in laboratory exercises. Since this is an agricultural education course, students will also participate in leadership development and create a supervised agricultural experience program. Due to the co-curricular nature of FFA and SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) students will be required to participate in both FFA activities and SAE involvement, both of which are graded components of the course. As a culminating component to the class, students will also develop and present a content-relevant research project for the state Agriscience Fair. Students must have received satisfactory grades in Algebra as well as Agriculture Biology.


Animal Science

This course is sequenced in such a way to expand the knowledge of advanced topics in animal science. Animal nutrition, physiology, and reproduction will be studied with attention to proper care of animals. Animal health practices and management techniques will be included. This class is designed for science elective (F) credit and to include requirements of the state community college 2+2 program. This is a year long, ten unit course.


Agriculture Leadership

The AG Leadership Class is designed for students who have an interest in pursuing a career in Agriculture or an interest in gaining knowledge on Agriculture. Through this class students will learn how to make a professional portfolio, present topics on Ag Issues, public speaking , how to make a professional website, and most importantly gain confidence through the leadership skills they will possess throughout this course. This class is offered to all grades 9th-12th. It is also counted as an English Class for graduation and community college but is not an A-G English Course.


The Art & History of Floral Design

The course emphasizes the necessary knowledge and skills to provide the student with a perceptual and tactile base leading to understanding artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural contexts: aesthetic valuing and connections, relations and applications of the visual arts. Students will derive meaning from art works through analysis, interpretation, and judgments applying what is learned in floral art to other forms, subjects, and post educational experiences. Through practical skill development the student will become familiar with material selection, design mechanics, maintenance and design evaluation. Students will achieve this through creating, designing, identifying, explaining, and evaluating all topics of study. Balance, color, and symmetry using floral and synthetic medium will be emphasized to allow students to apply and artistic approach to floral art. Various assignments based on abstract, two and three dimensional designs, historical culture, theory, color theory, and analytical critiques of various floral art works using design vocabulary in conjunction with development of technical skills in floral art will serve as a foundation for more complex works such as multi-part floral designs and creative expression. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their skills further through competitive competition and analytical events offered through the program


Ag Welding

Survey of vocational welding is a one-semester course. It will provide a combination of subject matter and activities designed to develop skills necessary to perform practices for self and others. They will learn an appreciation for welding, fundamentals of gas and electrical welding, and study the economic role welding plays in today's agriculture and related industries. The course provides students with the opportunity to decide whether welding as a career fits their personal aptitudes, abilities, and interest. It is recommended that agricultural students complete basic agricultural mechanics prior to enrollment.


Ornamental Horticulture

Ornamental Horticulture teaches students about plants and how to maintain a healthy garden. Students also learn basic landscape ideas teaches students about the Ornamental Horticulture Industry. Students have the opportunity to visit different greenhouses and flower shops in the central coast. Students also learn plant and pest identification and learn about pesticides and fertilizers. Students who excel in the Ornamental Horticulture class can take Adv. Ornamental Horticulture where they learn how to teach lesson plans along with a more in depth lesson on landscaping and how to run a flower shop.


Ag Mechanics

Basic Agricultural Mechanics is a two semester class designed to give the beginning student a feeling of worth and a positive attitude toward accomplishing basic tasks. It makes the student aware of the great need for an advanced educational background necessary to pursue a career in agriculture repair or general farming. The class is designed to teach basic shop skills. Taking class enables the student to participate in FFA activities.


Survey of Agriculture

The purpose of this one semester course in Agricultural Surveying is to provide a combination of subject matter and activities designed to develop an awareness of skills necessary to perform the basic techniques of surveying. It will develop an insight to the actual problems of surveying. Operation of equipment and safe practices are included. Career opportunities and planning will be provided and the student will have the opportunity to decide if abilities, attitude and general interest is great enough to seek out further education in the area of engineering.


Ag Economics

Ag Economics focuses on teaching students the basic of economics while tying in how agriculture plays an important role. Students learn all about the stock market and partake in a stock market project that involves purchasing stocks that involve agriculture.