Biotechnology Foundations in Agricultural and Environmental Science

SCED Code: 18308
Virginia Extended Description: II
Suggested Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No

This course focuses on techniques used to modify plants, animals, and microbes for specific purposes. Student activities include bioprocessing, DNA analysis, bioengineering, and forensic analysis. Students gain insight and understanding about biotechnology as it relates to agricultural and environmental science careers within the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Career Cluster. 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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Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Animal Systems
  • Animal Breeder, Husbandry
  • Animal Geneticist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Aquacultural Manager
Environmental Service Systems
  • Environmental Compliance Inspector
  • Environmental Sampling and Analysis Technician
  • Toxicologist
Food Products and Processing Systems
  • Biochemist
  • Food Scientist
Natural Resources Systems
  • Ecologist
  • Fisheries Technician
  • Forest Technician
  • Microbiologist
Plant Systems
  • Botanist
  • Certified Crop Advisor
  • Crop Grower
  • Forest Geneticist
  • Ornamental Horticulturist
  • Soil and Plant Scientist
  • Tree Surgeon
  • Plant Breeder/Geneticist
Power, Structural, and Technical Systems
  • Agricultural Engineer

Pathway Occupation
Biotechnology Research and Development
  • Biochemist
  • Cell Biologist
  • Research Assistant
Diagnostics Services
  • Cardiovascular Technologist
  • Computer Tomography (CT) Technologist
  • Medical, Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Radiologic Technologist, Radiographer
Health Informatics
  • Epidemiologist
Support Services
  • Environmental Sampling and Analysis Technician
  • Medical, Clinical Laboratory Technologist

Pathway Occupation
Engineering and Technology
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer
Science and Mathematics
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Biologist
  • Botanist
  • Chemist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Geoscientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Plant Biologist
  • Plant Breeder/Geneticist
  • Plant Pathologist
  • Research Chemist
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian

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