Agricultural Science

Agricultural Science students have many options to explore and train through a variety of classes to prepare for careers in veterinary medicine, bioengineering, livestock production, plant science, landscape design and greenhouse operations.

Our Ag Science classes are located on our seventeen-acre Agricultural Science Center Farm a couple of minutes from Guthrie. Students have the unique opportunity to learn in classroom/lab settings that are adjacent to the farm amenities including a six-thousand square foot greenhouse, show barn, small and large animal pens and a vast vegetable garden. This provides them the chance to see the practical applications of concepts discussed in classes.

Students interested in joining FFA will be able to participate in Career and Leadership Development Event competitions and of course raise a project for a major show or the Spring Branch FFA Show and Sale. FFA students with this intense responsibility are focused, driven and ready for success after high school. FFA also provides local, state and national scholarship opportunities only available to members.

Ag Science classes include Advanced Animal Science and Advanced Plant and Soil Science, Equine Science, Floral Design, Horticulture Science, Livestock Production, Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Small Animal Management, Veterinary Medical Applications and Wildlife, Fisheries, & Ecology Management.

CLASSES

  • Livestock Production

    Gain insight and information about the animals that feed our world! This course will provide you an introduction to livestock production including anatomy, nutrition, health care and information specific to the species. If you are interested in livestock judging and hands-on activities, this is for you! 

    Recommended Prerequisite: Principles of AFNR 

    Grades: 9-12

  • Horticulture Science

    Develop your green thumb! This course will give you an introduction to horticulture science through exciting “hands-on” activities, projects, and problems. Learn plant growth and development, nutrition, media selection, plant identification & pest management. Your work will involve the study of the principles of plant anatomy and physiology, taxonomy, and the fundamentals of production and harvesting. You will get your hands dirty! 

    Recommended Prerequisite: Principles of AFNR 

    Grades: 10 -12

    Articulated College Credit: available through HCC

  • Floral Design 

    (State Approved as Fine Arts Credit)

    Let loose your creative side as this hands-on course takes you through step-by-step instructions of arranging flowers and interiorscapes. Leave this class with the skill to arrange flowers for yourself or for employers. Look forward to designing your projects and taking them home to share with others. 

    Recommended Prerequisite: Principles of AFNR 

    Grades: 10-12

    Articulated College Credit: available through HCC

    Technical Certification Attainable: Texas State Florist High School Floral Certification

  • Equine Science

    Do you like horses then giddy up and sign up for this class! Students will be exposed to equine science and technology principles that include genetics, anatomy, physiology/nutrition, diseases, pests, and management practices. Topics also include an introduction to the equine industry, various breeds, conformation, selection, care and management, soundness, health, feeding, farrier observation, restraints, general vaccinations and overall managerial duties. 

    Recommended Prerequisite: Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 

    Grades: 10-12

  • AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS

    Ag Mech takes you through an overview of the skills you would need to maintain a farm or homestead. This hands-on class starts off with safety and exploration of the agricultural job market, then goes right into use of power tools, electrical, plumbing, concrete work, carpentry, fencing and working with metals including welding. Once you successfully complete the class you can consider yourself a jack of all trades. 

    Grades: 10-12

  • Advanced Plant and Soil Science

    (State Approved Advanced Science Course)

    Get out of the classroom and meet your science credit for graduation! This course is designed around greenhouse management from germinating seedling to marketing a finished product. Learn the techniques involved with propagation, fertilization, and maintenance. Investigations, laboratory practices, and field exercises will be used to develop an understanding of current plant and soil science.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Horticulture Science and physics. 

    Grades: 11-12

    Articulated College Credit: available through HCC

  • Advanced Animal Science

    (State Approved Advanced Science Course)

    Meet your science credit for graduation, with this class that will take you farther! This course is designed for students who want to further their knowledge of the livestock industry. In depth studies include animal industry, anatomy & physiology, and livestock husbandry. Offered Spring Semester Only.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Livestock Production, or Small Animal Management.

    Grades: 11-12

  • Oil & Gas Production 1

    Interested in the Oil and Gas industry then this is the class for you! Students enrolled in this course will be able to identify specific career opportunities in the oil and gas industry, and the skills, abilities, tools, certification, and safety measures associated with each career. Students will also be provided with an understanding of components, systems, equipment, production, and safety regulations associated with oil and gas well production and maintenance.

    Grades: 9-12

  • Principles of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources (AFNR)

    Don’t think agriculture affects you? Get ready for this eye opening class! Learn how food, clothing, shelter, transportation, medicine and modern-day conveniences rely on agricultural products. Students will also explore how agriculture affects government & international trade.

    Grades: 9-12

  • Veterinary Medical Applications

    Explore the basics of the veterinary medical profession and know what goes on behind the scenes of a vet clinic. You will gain skills that technicians need to know, like handling a wide variety of animals, assisting clients, office management and legal issues. Learn common ailments and treatments as well as emergency care techniques. Classroom demonstrations will use live animals. 

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Livestock Production or Small Animal Management

    Grades: 11-12

    Technical Certification Attainable: Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 1 (12th grade)

  • Small Animal Management

    Learn what a valuable role dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, and reptiles play in our society. Develop knowledge and skills pertaining to the selection, nutrition, grooming, reproduction, health, and management of small animals. Classroom demonstrations with live animals! 

    Recommended Prerequisite: Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 

    Grades: 9 -12

  • Wildlife, Fisheries, & Ecology Management 

    This course is designed for students who love the great outdoors. Learn how to identify, manage and conserve wildlife and their ecology. Students can acquire state certification in Hunter’s Education! 

    Recommended Prerequisite: Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 

    Grades: 9-12

    Technical Certification Attainable: Texas Hunters Education Certification, Texas Boaters Education Certification