Ecology and Environmental Management

SCED Code: 18003
Virginia Extended Description: 36
Suggested Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Hours: 140
Credits: 1
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No
Non-Traditional?: F

Students will learn how environmental management addresses the current and emerging challenges facing our ecosystems and the environment. Instructional content includes the care, management, and conservation of soil, air, water, forests, and wildlife; agricultural sustainability practices; and mitigation strategies to lessen the adverse effects of urbanization and industrialization. Students identify and discuss prevalent environmental issues and collaborate on environmental projects and activities, while learning methods and practices used for environmental protection, conservation, and sustainable natural resource 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.


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
Environmental Service Systems
  • Environmental Compliance Inspector
  • Environmental Sampling and Analysis Technician
  • Hazardous Materials Handler
  • Recycling Coordinator
  • Environmental Engineering Technician
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technician
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Pest Control Worker
  • Refuse and Recyclable Material Collector
  • Water/Wastewater Engineer
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operator
Plant Systems
  • Forest Geneticist
  • Biological Technician
  • Pesticide Handler, Sprayer, and Applicator, Vegetation
  • Soil and Plant Scientist
  • Tree Trimmers and Pruners
Animal Systems
  • Animal Breeder, Husbandry
  • Animal Caretaker
  • Animal Scientist
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Veterinary Technologist
  • Veterinarian
Natural Resources Systems
  • Biologist
  • Zoologist/Wildlife Biologist
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Faller
  • Fishing and Hunting Worker
  • Forest and Conservation Technician
  • Forest Manager, Forester
  • Geological Technician
  • Hydrologist
  • Log Grader/Scaler
  • Logging Equipment Operator
  • Logging Worker
  • Natural Science Manager
  • Water Resource Specialist
Power, Structural, & Technical Systems
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Agricultural Equipment Operator
  • Farm Equipment Mechanic/Service Technician

Pathway Occupation
  • Dredge Operator
  • Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operator
  • Fence Erector
  • Loading and Moving Machine Operator, Underground Mining
  • Operating Engineer/Construction Equipment Operator

Pathway Occupation
  • Biological Science Teacher, Postsecondary
  • Forestry/Conservation Science Teacher, Postsecondary
  • Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School
  • Career and Technical Education Teacher, Postsecondary

Pathway Occupation
  • Legislator
  • Compliance Officers
  • Environmental Compliance Inspector
  • Government Property Inspector/Investigator
National Security
  • Engineering Technologist/Technician, except Drafter
  • Transportation Security Screener
  • Economic Development Coordinator
  • Economists
  • Urban and Regional Planner
Public Management & Administration
  • Court/Municipal/License Clerk
  • Eligibility Interviewer, Government Programs
  • Emergency Management Director
  • Construction and Building Inspector
  • Occupational Health and Safety Technician
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
Revenue & Taxation
  • Real Estate Appraiser

Pathway Occupation
Emergency & Fire Management Services
  • Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic
  • Fire Investigator
  • Firefighter
  • First-Line Supervisor of Firefighting and Prevention Workers
  • Forest Fire Inspector/Prevention Specialist
  • Public Safety Telecommunicator
Law Enforcement Services
  • Animal Control Worker
  • Customs and Border Protection Officer
  • Fish and Game Officer
  • Forensic Science Technician

Pathway Occupation
Engineering & Technology
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineer
  • Solar Energy Systems Engineer
  • Wind Energy Engineer
Science & Mathematics
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Cartographer/Photogrammetrist
  • Chemist
  • Climate Change Policy Analyst
  • Conservation Scientist
  • Environmental Economist
  • Environmental Restoration Planner
  • Forest Geneticist
  • Plant Breeder/Geneticist
  • Geographer
  • Geoscientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Industrial Ecologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Park Naturalist
  • Range Manager
  • Remote Sensing Scientist/Technologist

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