Biotechnology Foundations in Agricultural and Environmental Science

SCED Code: 18308
Virginia Extended Description: II
Suggested Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Hours: 140
Credits: 1
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No

This course focuses on biotechnology principles and the techniques used in agricultural and environmental science. Students demonstrate bioprocessing, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis, bioengineering, and forensic analysis as they gain insight and understanding about biotechnology as it relates to agricultural and environmental science careers within the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) 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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Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Animal Systems
  • Animal Breeders
  • Animal Scientists
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
  • Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals
Environmental Service Systems
  • Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
Food Products & Processing Systems
  • Biochemists and Biophysicists
  • Food Scientists and Technologists
  • Food Science Technicians
Natural Resources Systems
  • Microbiologists
  • Fish and Game Wardens
  • Forest and Conservation Technicians
  • Geological Technicians, Except Hydrologic Technicians
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
  • Hydrologic Technicians
Plant Systems
  • Soil and Plant Scientists
  • Biological Technicians
  • Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse
Power, Structural, & Technical Systems
  • Agricultural Engineers

Pathway Occupation
Biotechnology Research and Development
  • Biochemists and Biophysicists
Diagnostic Services
  • Radiologic Technologists and Technicians
Health Informatics
  • Epidemiologists
Support Services

Pathway Occupation
Engineering & Technology
  • Agricultural Engineers
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Petroleum Engineers
Science & Mathematics
  • Animal Scientists
  • Chemists
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
  • Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers
  • Hydrologists
  • Microbiologists

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