COURSE CODE: 8040

Introduction to Natural Resources and Ecology Systems

SCED Code: 18504
Suggested Grade Level: 9, 10
Duration: 36 Weeks
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: Yes
CTSO: FFA
Non-Traditional?: F

This course serves as the introductory-level course for the Natural Resources Career Pathway. Students will explore environmental science, conservation management, and the study of natural resources to develop the knowledge and skills required for employment in occupations and careers related to ecology, forestry, and wildlife and natural resources management. 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.

Notes

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.

Class Size Regulation

The Virginia Administrative Code regulates the class size for this course. For additional information, see 8VAC20-120-150, "Maximum class size," or contact the Virginia Department of Education Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education at cte@doe.virginia.gov.
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Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Environmental Service Systems
  • Agricultural Products Sales Representative
  • Environmental Compliance Inspector
  • Environmental Sampling and Analysis Technician
  • Hazardous Materials Handler
  • Recycling Coordinator
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Toxicologist
  • Turf Farmer
  • Water Conservationist
Natural Resources Systems
  • Ecologist
  • Fish and Game Officer
  • Fisheries Technician
  • Forest Manager, Forester
  • Forest Technician
  • Geological Technician
  • Logging Equipment Operator
  • Microbiologist
  • Outdoor Recreation Guide
  • Park Manager
  • Park Technician
  • Range Technician
  • Wildlife Manager
Plant Systems
  • Agricultural Products Sales Representative
  • Botanist
  • Forest Geneticist
  • Nursery and Greenhouse Manager
  • Ornamental Horticulturist
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Soil and Plant Scientist
  • Tree Surgeon
  • Plant Breeder/Geneticist
Power, Structural, and Technical Systems
  • Agricultural Equipment Operator

Pathway Occupation
Engineering and Technology
  • Civil Engineer
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Human Factors Engineer
Science and Mathematics
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Geoscientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Plant Biologist
  • Secondary School Teacher

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