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About DHS Agriculture Classes

The DHS Ag department aims to embrace all aspects of agriculture and teach all students no matter their background that there is a place for them in agriculture and that it touches everyone’s daily life. We have several projects going on in the department at any given time. Some of our ongoing projects that we are working on are willow tree propagation, agriscience fair research, succulent propagation, vineyard production, expanding our floral department, raising livestock for the Silver Dollar fair and Butte County Fairs and raising greenhouse plants. We have students in several production agriculture internships in both the animal science and crop production industries

Course Offerings and Descriptions


5511 Intermediate Ag Mechanics (CTE Concentrator Course)
Length of Course: Year


Basic Agricultural Mechanics is an introductory course that explores a wide variety of mechanical
processes. Students will use scientific and mathematical applications through relevant mechanical
topics. In addition, students will complete numerous lab-based and project-based activities that will give
students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the scientific process and increase hand-eye
coordination and motor skills. Areas of study in this course include careers in agriculture mechanics,
mechanical safety and hazards, hand and power tools. Topic clusters in this course include electricity,
small engines, welding and metal work, wood work, wood construction, and mechanical technology.
Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE)
projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration, and
reinforcement of academic concepts and is a requirement for exhibiting a livestock project during the
year. Students will be encouraged to have a project and record book and to participate in FFA activities.

5512 Advanced Ag Mechanics (CTE Completer Course)
Length of Course: Year

Articulated with Butte College WLD 20 – Beginning Welding

In this course students will perform welds in positions other than flat and horizontal. The content will
enhance the ability of the students to perform welds out of position. The course includes welding safety,
shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), plasma arc cutting (PAC), air
carbon arc cutting and gouging (CAC-A) welding and cutting processes. These welds will be performed
in the flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions. It will also include base metal, shielded metal
arc welding electrodes, joint fit-up and alignment, groove welds with backing, and open V-groove
welds. All welds will meet the American Welding Society (AWS) qualification standards. Students will
be encouraged to have a project, to keep a record book and to participate in FFA activities. Participation
in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an
integral course component for leadership development, career exploration, and reinforcement of
academic concepts and is a requirement for exhibiting a livestock project during the year. Students
will be encouraged to have a project and record book and to participate in FFA activities.

5542 Introduction to Agriscience
Length of Course: Year
Satisfies: Agriculture Earth Science
Suggested grade level 9th and 10th grade


This course typically will include content related to Earth Science in Agriculture and components of
Agriculture Biology. Students will evaluate the role of agriculture in the California economy and
understand the history of agriculture in California. Students will research and learn the economic impact
of agriculture in California including the importance of our natural resources. Students will understand
and explore their food safety and producer’s responsibilities to consumers and understand the export and
import industry of California. Students will begin to explore the effect of technology on agriculture and
understand the labor availability, diversity, and efficiency for the industry. Students will also be taught
the impact of the importance of soil components and fertilizers for production and the multitude of
career opportunities for people in agriculture. Livestock production and terminology will be introduced
as well. Students will get an opportunity to know related fields (i.e. welding) and the importance of
agriculture mechanics for agriculture families. Students will be encouraged to have a project and record
book and to participate in FFA activities. Grades will be partially based on FFA participation and
projects.

5533 Introduction to Sustainable Ag Bio (UC Area D) (CTE Introductory Course)
Length of Course: Year (Offered every other year)
Satisfies Agriculture Life Science
Suggested grade level 10th grade (9-12 eligible)

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Intro to Agriscience or teacher approval

This course reviews the history and importance of agriculture in California and how it affects the quality
of life including the economic impact of agriculture on the nation. Students will examine the relationship
between agriculture and the environment and the current challenges. Students will compare and contrast
the practices for conserving the renewable and nonrenewable natural resources and how energy sources
are derived from agricultural products. The importance and role of animals in our society will be
discussed and research including the alternative uses of animals. Students will learn the anatomy and
system of a variety of animals and be able to compare and contrast the function of plant and animal
cells, bacteria and viruses. Students will be encouraged to have a project and record book and to
participate in FFA activities. Grades will be partially based on FFA participation and projects.

5535 Intermediate Ag Soil Chemistry (UC Area D) (CTE Concentrator Course)
Length of Course: Year (Offered every other year – will NOT be offered in 21-22)
Satisfies Agriculture Physical Science
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intro to Sustainable Ag Bio or teacher approval
Suggested grade level 11th (10-12 eligible)


This course explores the physical and chemical nature of soil as well as the relationships between soil,
plants, animals and agricultural practices. Students examine properties of soil and land and their
connections to plant and animal production. Additionally, students may develop and present a capstone
soil management plan for agricultural producers, demonstrating their knowledge of the soil chemistry
content learned throughout the course. Students will learn and design experiments using the scientific
method. They will analyze an agricultural problem and devise a solution based on the scientific method.
Students will analyze the effects of technology on agriculture and the logistics of moving an agricultural
product from producer to consumer. Students will be able to communicate public concern for
technological advancements in agriculture, such as genetically modified organism. Student will be able
to understand fundamental animal nutrition and feeding including supplements for the various species.
Students will evaluate sample feeding programs for various species including space requirements and
36 economic considerations. Students will be able to evaluate basic animal health considerations and how
housing, sanitation and nutrition influence animal health and behavior. Students will understand
parasites and the causes and controls of common animal diseases. Students will develop an
understanding of the soil principles and assess water delivery and irrigation. Students will be able to
analyze plant growth and development and understand photosynthesis and the respiration process for
plants. Students will gain an understanding of fundamental pest control and compare the methods of
management. Students will be encouraged to have a project and record book and to participate in FFA
activities. Grades will be partially based on FFA participation and projects.

5543 Advanced Interdisciplinary Ag Science H (UC Area D) (CTE Completer Course)
Length of Course: Year
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intermediate Ag Soil Chemistry or teacher approval

This is considered a UC Honors course. Currently not awarded a Durham weighted grade. This is the
third course in a series of three, Sustainable Agri-science 1, Sustainable Agri-science 2, and Advanced
Sustainable Agri-science. This integrated class combines an interdisciplinary approach to laboratory
science and research with agricultural management principles. Using skills and principles learned in the
course, including the chemical and biological principles that govern plant science and crop production,
students design systems and experiments to solve agricultural management issues currently facing the
industry. Additionally, students connect the products created in this class with industry activities to link
real world encounters and implement skills demanded by both colleges and careers. The course
culminates with an agri-science experimental research project in which students design and conduct an
experiment to solve a relevant agricultural issue. Final projects will be eligible for Career Development
Event competition at FFA events. Throughout the course, students will be graded on participation in
intra-curricular FFA activities as well as the development and maintenance of an ongoing Supervised
Agricultural Experience (SAE) program. Students will be encouraged to have a project and record book
and to participate in FFA activities. Grades will be partially based on FFA participation and projects.

5540 Intermediate Ag Floral Design (UC Area F) (CTE Concentrator Course)
5541 Advanced Ag Floral Design (UC Area F) (CTE Completer Course)
Length of Course: Year
Sequential courses – must take Intermediate before Advanced


This course is supplemental to the Ag-Education program. This course is designed to give the student
introductory skills for an entry-level position into the florist and floriculture industry. This course will
teach basic skills and concepts related to modern floral design. Students will study the art of floral
design and apply the 12 design principles and uses of color. Students learn basic design skills including
bud vase, drop-in arrangement, Halloween jack o’ lantern, dried flowers, Thanksgiving cornucopia,
Christmas centerpiece, corsage and boutonniere. The more advanced skills used in the floral industry are
covered in this course. Students will learn intermediate design skills including colonial round,
symmetrical triangle, party arrangements, Christmas wreath, wedding bouquets and western line design.
Greenhouse plants and common practices will be introduced as they relate to the floriculture industry.
Students will be encouraged to have a project and record book and to participate in FFA activities.
Grades will be partially based on FFA participation and projects.


DHS Agriculture Teachers

Mr. Bill

Email: Send a message to Mr. Bill
Phone: (530) 895-4685 ext. 256
Room #: Shop
Website

Ms. Luce

Email: Send a message to Ms. Luce
Phone: (530) 895-4685 ext. 255
Room #: Ag
Website