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 Breeder, Husbandry
  • Animal Geneticist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Agricultural Products Sales Representative
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals
Environmental Service Systems
  • Environmental Compliance Inspector
  • Environmental Sampling and Analysis Technician
  • Toxicologist
  • Environmental Engineering Technician
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technician
  • Water Conservationist
Food Products & Processing Systems
  • Biochemist
  • Food Scientist
  • Food Science Technician
Natural Resources Systems
  • Ecologist
  • Fisheries Technician
  • Microbiologist
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Fish and Game Officer
  • Forest and Conservation Technician
  • Forest Manager, Forester
  • Geological Technician
  • Natural Science Manager
  • Water Resource Specialist
  • Zoologist/Wildlife Biologist
  • Hydrologic Technician
Plant Systems
  • Botanist
  • Certified Crop Advisor
  • Forest Geneticist
  • Ornamental Horticulturist
  • Soil and Plant Scientist
  • Tree Surgeon
  • Plant Breeder/Geneticist
  • Biological Technician
  • Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery and Greenhouse
Power, Structural, & Technical Systems
  • Agricultural Engineer

Pathway Occupation
Biotechnology Research and Development
  • Biochemist
  • Cell Biologist
  • Research Assistant
Diagnostic 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 & Technology
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer
Science & Mathematics
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Biologist
  • Botanist
  • Chemist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Geoscientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Plant Biologist
  • Plant Breeder/Geneticist
  • Plant Pathologist
  • Research Chemist

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