Introduction to Animal Science is offered to freshmen. The students are presented a wide-ranging overview of the world of animal science including understanding the contributions that animals provide to humans (particularly livestock and companion animals) and the many career opportunities in animal science. The farm tour during the first few weeks of class acquaints the freshmen with the farm and the various animals.

 

Sophomore students concentrate on two areas. Farm Equipment (including tractor driving) and Leadership. The leadership component deals with parliamentary procedures as the catalyst. Several skills are developed by using parliamentary procedure, including the ability to work as a team member, the ability to express your ideas and opinions in meetings and other group functions, and building self-esteem. FFA is an integral activity of Agriscience. Working as an effective team member (whether on the local, state, or national level) is an important quality developed within the class and through FFA. The Parliamentary Procedures Career Development Even (CDE) is open to all students; they will have the opportunity to compete at the district, State FFA  Convention, and National FFA Convention.

 

Junior and Senior Animal Science students are responsible for the care and management of the school farm throughout the year. Transitioning from the "learning" to the "doing" stage is accomplished by taking responsibility for the care and management of rabbits, beef cows, pigs, horses, llamas, and ewes.

 

Additionally, the upper-class Animal Science curriculum includes: feeds and feeding, anatomy and physiology, understanding diseases and parasites, judging and evaluation, genetics, animal reproduction, biotechnology, on-farm research, careers in animal science, resume construction, and utilizing computers and computer programs. The Animal Science students also develop their own Excel spreadsheets to compile and carry out statistical analysis of the ewes and their lambs from birth to ninety days of age.

 

Livestock, equine, veterinary technology, dairy, food science, and agricultural communications are examples of Career Development Events (CDE) open to animal science majors.