Ecology and Environmental Management

SCED Code: 18003
Virginia Extended Description: 18
Suggested Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Duration: 18 Weeks
Hours: 70
Credits: 0.5
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
  • Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
  • Pest Control Workers
  • Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
Plant Systems
  • Biological Technicians
  • Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation
  • Soil and Plant Scientists
  • Tree Trimmers and Pruners
Animal Systems
  • Animal Breeders
  • Animal Scientists
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
  • Animal Caretakers
Natural Resources Systems
  • Forest and Conservation Technicians
  • Geological Technicians, Except Hydrologic Technicians
  • Hydrologists
  • Logging Equipment Operators
  • Fallers
  • Fishing and Hunting Workers
  • Log Graders and Scalers
  • Logging Workers, All Other
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
Power, Structural, & Technical Systems
  • Agricultural Engineers
  • Agricultural Equipment Operators
  • Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians

Pathway Occupation
  • Dredge Operators
  • Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining
  • Fence Erectors
  • Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining
  • Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

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

Pathway Occupation
  • Legislators
  • Compliance Officers
National Security
  • Economists
  • Urban and Regional Planners
Public Management & Administration
  • Court, Municipal, and License Clerks
  • Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs
  • Emergency Management Directors
  • Construction and Building Inspectors
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
  • Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
Revenue & Taxation

Pathway Occupation
Emergency & Fire Management Services
  • Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Fire Inspectors and Investigators
  • Firefighters
  • Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
  • Public Safety Telecommunicators
Law Enforcement Services
  • Fish and Game Wardens
  • Forensic Science Technicians
  • Animal Control Workers

Pathway Occupation
Engineering & Technology
  • Chemical Engineers
Science & Mathematics
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
  • Biochemists and Biophysicists
  • Chemists
  • Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers
  • Hydrologists
  • Microbiologists
  • Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
  • Conservation Scientists
  • Geographers

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