Environmental, Agricultural & Natural Resources


Agricultural Science Education and Animal & Plant Biotechnology

Program Overview:  

Program Of Study Sheet

The Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is a program of study (POS) within the Environmental, Agricultural, and Natural Resources Career Cluster.  The CASE POS prepares students to be successful in numerous careers in the agricultural sciences as well a preparing them to further their education at the post-secondary level. This inquiry-based POS incorporates classroom learning, FFA leadership and career development, as well as outside of the classroom experiences through supervised agricultural experiences and other internship opportunities.

Upon completion of the foundation course, Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, students will complete a Principles of Agricultural Science course focused on  Animal Systems.  Students then progress to a specialty course in Plant and Animal Biotechnology.  The CASE POS culminates with a capstone course in Agricultural Business, Research, and Development.  All courses have direct connections to FFA activities and SAE applications.

To complete the CASE program of study students are required to take the following courses:

  • Foundation:
    • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Principles:
    • Principles of Agricultural Science- Animal Systems
  • Specialty:
    • Animal and Plant Biotechnology
  • Capstone:
    • Agricultural Business, Research, and Development

 Students are expected to:

  1. Apply and extend classroom learning to unknown situations and problems through inquiry based projects.
  2. Develop critical thinking, applied mathematical, and scientific skills by solving real-world problems.
  3. Develop leadership and career skills through participation in FFA and supervised agricultural experiences or other internship experiences.
  4. Recognize, understand, and explain interrelationships between animal systems, plant systems, natural resources and human impacts.
  5. Sit for each CASE End-of-Course Assessment as they are developed by CASE.
  6. Complete the Maryland Capstone course and present a culminating end of program project.

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This program of study is available to students in 9th grade (4-year/4-semester completion schedule), 10th grade (2-year/4-semester completion schedule), and 11th grade (2-year/4-semester completion schedule).

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