Animals, Plants and More!
The curriculum in the agriscience program offers a science foundation that covers topics from landscape and plant identification to animal care and breeding. While the class includes many outdoor activities, especially in the fall and spring, it also involves a lot of bookwork.
Students will start by learning basic science foundation skills in agriscience. They learn about animals, natural resources, plant identification, soils, and other sciences. Second year students have the opportunity to develop specialized skills in one of the following areas:
Plant Science/Floral Design & Greenhouse
Students produce market-ready livestock and plants and also have other opportunities to work on skills in specialized areas such as hydroponics, conservation, forestry, or pre-veterinarian. Biotechnology, water testing, and other plant and animal care skills are also part of the curriculum.
Other hands-on activities include water, soil and DNA testing. The class may travel to zoos and local farms. Veterinarians and professionals from related industries often come in to speak with our students about the many opportunities that are emerging in the environmental and alternative fuel industries, as well as other areas.
Successful students are self-motivated, enjoy working outside and getting dirty, and like plants and animals. The course requires reading, math and research skills, and also offers an opportunity to join our FFA club.
Mr. Gehrke holds a bachelors degree from MSUs Agriscience program and has professional, on-the-job experience in landscaping and crop cultivation.
Mrs. Tomac is an experienced teacher and FFA Advisor. She holds a bachelors degree in Agriscience from MSU with a minor in Biology and a masters degree in Agriculture Extension and Education, also from MSU.