Biotechnology Applications in Agriculture

SCED Code: 18308
Virginia Extended Description: III
Suggested Grade Level: 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
OSHA Compliance Required?: No

This course introduces students to biotechnological research and experimentation techniques used in the plant, animal, environmental, and food science industries. Students develop occupational skills, learn to think critically, work collaboratively, and use data analysis to make informed decisions regarding societal, legal, and ethical concerns posed by agricultural biotechnology. This course prepares students for postsecondary educational opportunities in biotechnology-related careers in the agriculture, food, and natural resources (AFNR) industries. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.


Competencies within this course ensure compliance with the National FFA Organization's Federal Charter Amendments Act (Public Law 116-7). Through this legislation, students are provided opportunities for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
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Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Animal Systems
  • Agricultural Products Sales Representative
  • Animal Breeder, Husbandry
  • Animal Geneticist
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Aquacultural Manager
  • Poultry Manager
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician
Environmental Service Systems
  • Environmental Compliance Inspector
  • Environmental Sampling and Analysis Technician
  • Toxicologist
  • Water Conservationist
Food Products and Processing Systems
  • Biochemist
  • Food Scientist
Natural Resources Systems
  • Ecologist
  • Fish and Game Officer
  • Fisheries Technician
  • Forest Manager, Forester
  • Forest Technician
  • Geological Technician
  • Microbiologist
Plant Systems
  • Botanist
  • Certified Crop Advisor
  • Forest Geneticist
  • Soil and Plant Scientist
  • Tree Surgeon
  • Plant Breeder/Geneticist
Power, Structural, and Technical Systems
  • Agricultural Engineer

Pathway Occupation
Engineering and Technology
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
Science and Mathematics
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Biologist
  • Botanist
  • Chemist
  • Ecologist
  • Economist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Oceanographer
  • Plant Biologist
  • Plant Pathologist
  • Research Chemist
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Plant Breeder/Geneticist
  • Microbiologist

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