Agricultural Education

  • 700 – Introduction To Agricultural Education             

    • 1.0 Credits
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades:   9-12 Pathways Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course will briefly cover a wide range of agricultural science topics, including: Agricultural Careers, Animal Science, FFA Leadership, Food Science, the History of Agriculture, Lancaster County Agriculture, Livestock Judging, Meat Science, Pennsylvania Agriculture, Plant Science, Soil Science, Tractor Safety, and Woodworking Safety. Students will develop a basic understanding of the size and scope of the agriculture industry and how agriculture affects their daily lives. Students in this course are encouraged to join and participate in the Elizabethtown FFA Chapter.


    720 – Wildlife Management    

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades:  9-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester   
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: None   
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course focuses on the observation and identification of various species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and plants of Pennsylvania. Concentration will be placed on conservation, habitat evaluation, environmental analysis, game management, and possible careers.  Projects and laboratory exercises will be the major forms of assessment within the course, including the monitoring of wildlife and wildlife habitats at Bear Creek Farm. Students in this course are encouraged to join and participate in the Elizabethtown FFA Chapter.


    721 - Agricultural Mechanics I    

    • 1.0 Credit    
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades:  10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester   
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: $25.00   
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course will cover the operation, maintenance, repair, and servicing of small gasoline engines. Students will disassemble, troubleshoot and reassemble several Briggs & Stratton 3-6 horsepower engines. The course will also introduce students to electric arc welding and oxyacetylene gas welding. Students will complete classroom lessons and hands-on applications of basic welder operation, welding safety, types of welds, welding positions and heating, bending and cutting of mild steel. Basic skills will be enriched with instruction and limited use of the plasma cutter. Students will complete required welds and metal projects. Students in this course are encouraged to join and participate in the Elizabethtown FFA Chapter.


    723 – Agricultural Mechanics and Engineering    

    • 1.0 Credit    
    • Offered Odd Years Only
    • Grades: 11-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester      
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: $30.00      
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: Ag Mechanics I
    • Course Description: This course will cover the Ag Mechanics careers, orientation, personal safety, Ag Mechanics Lab organization, safe use of hand and power tools, project planning layout procedures, marking, cutting and bending metal, proper tool fitting, principles of electricity and electrical wiring in agriculture, operation, trouble shooting, repair of electric motors,  plumbing technology and insulation, principles of hydraulics, concrete and masonry technology, design, and construction. The topics of advanced welding (MIG) and use of the Plasma Arc Cutter and advanced small gas engine operation (OHV) and trouble shooting will also be covered. Students in this course are encouraged to join and participate in the Elizabethtown FFA Chapter.


    725 – Aquatic Resources    

    • 1.0 Credit    
    • Offered Even Years Only
    • Grades:  10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: Introduction To Agricultural Education OR Collaborative STEM Investigations
    • Course Description: This course consists of a variety of learning experiences dealing with water, its surrounding environment, and its wildlife. Students will be involved with many outdoor activities such as boating safety, stream and pond surveys, resource management projects, water/soil testing, aquaculture, and plant and fish identification. Projects will be conducted at Bear Creek Farm as well as within the department’s Aquatics Laboratory. Students in this course are encouraged to join and participate in the Elizabethtown FFA Chapter.


    726 – Animal Science and Management

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Odd Years Only
    • Grades:   9-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course will focus on the science behind the care and management of agricultural animal species.  Students will study the major livestock and small/companion animal species as well as the major breeds of equine, dairy, livestock and poultry used in agriculture and in everyday life.  Basic anatomy, reproduction, nutrition, health care, and related careers will be examined throughout the course. Students will also become familiar with animal-based industries in Lancaster County and Pennsylvania.  The major forms of assessment will be projects and lab exercises.  All students enrolled are encouraged to join and actively participate in the Elizabethtown FFA Chapter.


    764 - Introduction To Agribusiness Fundamentals **

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Even Years Only
    • Grades:  11-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: HACC $90 tuition
    • Weighting: 1.20
    • Placement Criteria: Counselor recommendation
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course is for students who plan to pursue a career in Agribusiness Studies at Harrisburg Area Community College. Course will cover various topics related to the day-to-day function of an agribusiness. Topics will include a comparison of agriculture and agribusiness, agribusiness types, organization, planning and operation and agribusiness inputs and outputs. There is also an examination of agribusinesses involved with post-production processing of agricultural products. Students in this course are encouraged to join and participate in the Elizabethtown FFA Chapter.


        ** Dual enrollment with HACC meets during the regular school day.

    765A – Honors Pre-Veterinary Science

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Even Years Only
    • Grades: 11-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.1
    • Placement Criteria: Minimum final average of 92% in prerequisite or Biology with instructor recommendation
    • Course Prerequisite: Introduction To Agricultural Education OR Animal Science and Management
    • Course Description: This course will examine the practical aspects of animal science as it relates to veterinary medicine. Units of study will focus on the health of large and small animals. Areas included are anatomy and physiology, nutrition, diseases, surgery, and health management. Use of our animal laboratory will provide students with many hands-on activities. Projects may include, but are not limited to, dissections, injections, suturing, and first aid practices. The major forms of assessment within the course will be projects and labs. Students in this course are encouraged to join and participate in the Elizabethtown FFA Chapter.


    770 – Greenhouse Management & Landscape Design

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Odd Years Only
    • Grades:  10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: $15.00
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: Introduction To Agricultural Education OR Collaborative STEM Investigations
    • Course Description: This course is for students interested in plant science, landscape architecture, floral design, gardening, and/or turf grass science.  In the classroom, basic greenhouse operation and landscape design principles will be studied.  Students will work in the greenhouse daily cultivating poinsettias, bedding plants and hanging baskets for sale to the public as well as geraniums for graduation. Practical experience will also be gained while designing, constructing and maintaining landscapes in the HUB Landscape Plots. Projects and lab exercises will be the primary forms of assessment.  Students in this course are encouraged to join and participate in the Elizabethtown FFA Chapter.


    782 – Equine Science

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Odd Years Only
    • Grades:  10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: Introduction To Agriculture Education OR Animal Science and Management
    • Course Description: This course will cover the care and training of horses. Students will study functional anatomy, judging, tack/equipment, various breeds, reproduction, feeding, management and health, and equine-related careers. Local field trips during class time to area horse farms will be incorporated several times throughout the course so that authentic experience can be gained.  Students will also participate in an equine judging event. Projects will be the major form of assessment within the course. Students in this course are encouraged to join and participate in the Elizabethtown FFA Chapter.