Petaluma High School Agriculture Courses 2012-2013
SKILLS FOR THE TRADES Prerequisite: None Years: 9-12
This introductory agriculture class is designed to give students hands-on skills in the areas of sheet metal, plumbing, electrical, woodworking, cold metal, surveying, tool sharpening, rope work and tool identification. Students will learn beginning skills for all of these trades through classroom learning reinforced with hands on projects. Local shops and worksites will be visited to show real-world connections to curriculum. In addition, students will learn to use over 400 tools and materials. Students will acquire skills that may spark a career interest, or simply teach life-long practical skills. It is highly recommended that this course be taken before other agricultural mechanics courses. This course meets the Math / Science related requirement for graduation.
INTRODUCTION TO WELDING - ROP Prerequisite: Skills for the Trades is recommended Years: 10-12
Designed to prepare students for entry level metal fabrication skills the course includes shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) and oxyacetylene welding and cutting (OAW). The majority of the class includes developing welding skills used in the fabrication of mild steel. A variety of welding assignments includes the welding of various joints, thickness of metals, and welding positions. The classroom component of the course relates to the welding skills developed in the shop. Students are required to complete a variety of welding assignments during the year. The Skills for the Trades course is highly recommended as a prerequisite. This course meets the Math / Science related requirement for graduation.
ADVANCED WELDING—ROP Prerequisite: Introduction to Welding Years: 10-12
This class builds upon the welding skills learned in the introduction to welding class. The majority of welding exercises in this class will focus on developing skills in the area of Aluminum and Stainless Steel using gas tungsten arc welding process (GTAW). Students will design and construct personal projects that will demonstrate and challenge their welding and fabrication skills. Students will design and create images on the plasma cam cutting table and utilize the corresponding software. Industry representatives and visits to local welding shops will focus on career opportunities in the welding industry. This course meets the Math / Science related requirement for graduation.
EARTH SCIENCE IN AGRICULTURE Prerequisite: Alg 1 or concurrent enrollment in Alg 1 Years: 9
Earth Science in Agriculture is a one-year, laboratory science course, designed for the college bound student with career interests in Agriculture. Using agriculture as a learning vehicle, the course emphasizes the principles and practices of Earth Science as a way to demonstrate the relevance of Earth Science in Agriculture to each student’s life and environment. This class will utilize local and regional issues and concerns to stimulate problem-solving activities and to foster a sense of Earth stewardship by student in their communities. The class will establish an expanded learning environment, which incorporates fieldwork, technological assess to data, and traditional classroom and laboratory activities. This course meets the subject area “g” requirement for the UC / CSU approved course list.
AGRICULTURAL BIOLOGY Prerequisite: Earth Science in Agriculture is recommended Years: 10-12
Agricultural Biology is a one year, laboratory science course, designed for the college-bound student with career interests in plant and animal sciences. Using agriculture as the learning vehicle, the course emphasizes the principles, central concepts and inter-relationships among the following topics: scientific methodology, the molecular and cellular aspects of life, the chemical and structural basis of life, anatomy and physiology, growth and reproduction in plants 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 plants, animals, humans and the environment, nutrition in animals, health and diseases in animals, and the similarities between animals and humans. This course meets the subject area “d” of the UC / CSU approved course list. This course meets the Life Science requirement for graduation.
VETERINARY SCIENCE Prerequisite: Ag Biology is recommended Years: 9-12
In this advanced animal science course, students will explore the field of veterinary medicine. Course content includes: an introduction to companion and production animals, understanding the concepts of genetics and breeding programs, identification of major body systems and their treatment through various dissections, disease and disease prevention, animal nutrition and behavior, animal welfare issues and bio-security concerns. Students will learn various technical skills, such as safe animal restraint, administering medication, applying aseptic techniques, recognizing abnormal behavior, maintaining appropriate housing, grooming, and performing administrative duties in a simulated veterinary hospital environment. This course meets the subject area “g” of the UC / CSU approved course list. This course meets the Math / Science related requirement for graduation.
ART & HISTORY OF FLORAL DESIGN Prerequisite: None Years: 10-12
Floriculture is an introduction to artistic and creative perception through a series of projects in various artistic media including tempera, pencil, flowers, and tile. Students will be introduced to the elements and principles of visual art design such as line, shape/form, color, balance and emphasis using a series of floral-based projects to explore the connections to visual arts design. Students will research and study floral trends to understand and develop an appreciation for floral design within historical, cultural and societal contexts. Assignments based on abstract tow and three dimensional designs, culture, color and analytical critiques of various floral art works using appropriate vocabulary in conjunction with development of technical skills in floral art will serve as a foundation for multi-part floral designs. This course meets the Foreign Language / Visual Performing Arts requirement for graduation.
SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE PROGRAM (SAEP)- ROP Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in another agriculture class Years: 10-12
An on-the-job experience for students interested in agriculture. Students will be placed at work experience sites based on their interest and ability. Students' progress will be monitored and evaluated Based on growth with the experience. Record keeping is a part of the course. This class will provide an excellent opportunity for an extension of classroom instruction, as concurrent enrollment in another agricultural class is required.
This course is for the student with a genuine interest in animals. Students will study the principles of zoology; anatomy and physiology, biomes, and animal diversity in mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. Understanding principles of ecology will help students identify the relationship between wildlife and human needs such as land development and animal harvest; and that intervention may be needed. With over 200 live animals in a classroom “zoo”, students will gain “hands-on” experience in animal care and veterinary medicine. Career exploration will compliment resume’ writing and interview techniques. The course will conclude with Red Cross First Aid and CPR certification. This course meets the Math / Science related requirement for graduation.
MUSEUM MANAGEMENT (MUSEUM DOCENT) Prerequisite: Completion of Wildlife Management with “C” or better. Interview and teacher recommendation is mandatory. Years: 10-12
Students will operate and maintain the Petaluma Wildlife & Natural Science Museum. Duties will include, but not limited to, conduct educational programs for visitors of all ages, provide daily care for live animals, and maintain facilities. Fund raising, advertising, curriculum development, research, and non-school hour volunteer work is required.