Biotechnology Applications in Agriculture

SCED Code: 18308
Virginia Extended Description: III
Suggested Grade Level: 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Hours: 140
Credits: 1
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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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 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
  • Fish and Game Wardens
  • Geological Technicians, Except Hydrologic Technicians
  • Microbiologists
  • Forest and Conservation 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
  • Economists
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
  • Microbiologists

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