Biological Applications in Agriculture

SCED Code: 18308
Virginia Extended Description: I
Suggested Grade Level: 9, 10
Duration: 36 Weeks
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No

This course applies biological principles to agriculture, food, and natural resources. Competencies emphasize and reinforce standards of learning for biology with agricultural applications. This course gives students the foundational knowledge to be successful in Biotechnology Foundations in Agricultural and Environmental Science (8085). 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 Nutritionist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Aquacultural Manager
  • Poultry Manager
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician
Environmental Service Systems
  • Environmental Compliance Inspector
  • Environmental Sampling and Analysis Technician
  • Hazardous Materials Handler
  • Recycling Coordinator
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Toxicologist
  • Turf Farmer
  • Water Conservationist
Food Products & Processing Systems
  • Biochemist
  • Food Scientist
Natural Resources Systems
  • Ecologist
  • Fish and Game Officer
  • Fisheries Technician
  • Forest Manager, Forester
  • Forest Technician
  • Geological Technician
  • Microbiologist
Plant Systems
  • Botanist
  • Certified Crop Advisor
  • Crop Grower
  • Forest Geneticist
  • Nursery and Greenhouse Manager
  • Ornamental Horticulturist
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Soil and Plant Scientist
  • Tree Surgeon
  • Turf Farmer
  • Plant Breeder/Geneticist
Power, Structural, & Technical Systems
  • Agricultural Engineer

Pathway Occupation
Engineering & Technology
  • Agricultural Engineer
Science & Mathematics
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Biologist
  • Botanist
  • Chemist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Materials Scientist
  • Oceanographer
  • Plant Pathologist
  • Research Chemist
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Plant Breeder/Geneticist
  • Microbiologist

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