Agriscience courses provide career exploration, career development, and leadership skills related to animals, plants, food and natural resouce career pathways.

*Agriscience courses do not currently meet core curriculum requirements for NCAA. 

Course #Course NameGradesPrerequisiteSemester
G500Animal Care and Management 9-12None1
G510Veterinary Science9-12None1
G514CIS Animal Science11-12



Biotechnology10-12Biology 1
Food Science A & B*10-12

Physical Science or STEM Physical Science 

G540Floral Design**9-12None1
G560Plant Science9-12None1
G584Fish and Wildlife10-12None1
G578Natural Resources9-12None1

*Can be used to fulfill the required 2 credits in Chemistry  

**Can be used to fulfill 1 of the 2 credits in Art

Animal Care and Management

If you enjoy animals, this course is for you! This course is for any student who has an interest in animals as pets, a business, or a career. Students will conduct a variety of hands-on projects while learning about dogs, horses, cats, birds, aquarium fish and rabbits. Specific topics include breeds, feeding, safety and handling and management. Students in this class will have an opportunity to bring in their animals for class projects and activities.

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Veterinary Science

This course is for any student who has an interest in animals is strongly recommended for students with an interest in veterinary science, wildlife or zoology. This hands-on course will study animal body systems, animal health, and veterinary procedures. 

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This course is for any student who has an interest in a career in the applied sciences. Students in this hands-on course will use cutting edge tools and technology to complete laboratories and activities in the following areas: electrophoresis, DNA fingerprinting, genetic engineering, bioinformatics, immunoassays, protein analysis, and other topics in the rapidly expanding field of biotechnology. This course may be used to meet science entrance requirements at the University of Minnesota.  

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CIS Animal Science

Students earning a passing grade in CIS Animal Science will earn 4 free college credits at the University of Minnesota (ANSC 1101). This "weighted grade" course is taught at Stillwater Area High School by high school agriscience teachers. This college-level course will cover the fundamental concepts of anatomy, physiology, breeding, genetics, nutrition, behavior, and health as they apply to horses, rabits, pets, poultry, sheep, aquaculture, llamas, and livestock. Included in this course are two field trips to the U of M for hands-on lab days with animals. This course may be used to meet science entrance requirements at the University of Minnesota.

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Fish and Wildlife

Students will learn about fish and wildlife through a variety of hands-on activities in the Environmental Learning Center and indoor aquatics laboratory. Hands on labs will include hatching and raising 600 brown trout eggs from the DNR, stocking trout in Brown's Creek, a trout stream study field trip, small mammal trapping, trail camera surveys, and GPS navigation.  Students with a career or recreational interest in the outdoors would benefit from taking this course. The course will focus on identification and managment of common Minnesota fish and wildlife. Students will also learn about  career pathways and post-secondary educational opportunities for both two and four-year programs in fish and wildlife.

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Floral Design

This course is for any student with an interest in flowers or working in the floral industry. This hands-on class will apply the principles and elements of design while creating many floral arrangements and corsages using fresh flowers they will be able to take home. Students will also learn to grow a variety of flowers in the school's greenhouse. This course may be used to meet the art credit graduation requirement. Students passing this course with an "A" or "B" will earn 1 credit of HORT 1760 at Century College.

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Food Science A & B

This hands-on course will apply scientific concepts and procedures to the food science industry through a variety of laboratory activities and experiments focused on the principles of chemistry. Students will understand how the physical and chemical properties of food products and nutrients are related to atomic structures, elements, chemical bonding, molecular structures and formulas, and concentrations. Students will study a variety of chemical reactions that occur in the processing and storage of food products and describe the factors affecting the rate of reactions. Students will also understand the relationships between energy, motion of molecules, and states of matter in the development and improvement of food products, processing, and packaging. *This course will satisfy the graduation requirement of Chemistry or Physics.

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This course is designed for students who are interested in learning valuable forestry skills through hands-on, outdoor experiences in the ELC and the SAHS Aquatics Lab and Greenhouse. Topics will include: GPS and Orienteering, forest measurements and tools, Minnesota trees, forest ecology, tree anatomy, and physiology, silviculture, forest management, and forest products. Students will also gain hands on experience hatching and raising 600 brown trout eggs from the DNR forest fisheries, stocking trout in Brown's Creek and a trout stream study field trip.  Students passing this course with an "A" or "B" will earn 1 credit of HORT 1760 at Century College. Students earning credit in this course will receive a 1 credit tuition reduction for General Forestry (NTR-1212) at Vermillion Community College.

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Natural Resources

Students will explore the exciting world of natural resouces through a variety of hands-on learning activities in the SAHS Environmental Learning Center (ELC), aquatics lab, and greenhouse.  Students will use GPS technology, Vernier LabQuests and sensors, forest measurement tools, and wildlife trail cameras to develop career skills in wildlife, forestry, ecology, and soil science in the ELC.  Students will also use the SAHS aquatics lab to hatch and raise brown trout eggs from the DNR along with collecting seeds from native plants in the ELC and growing them in the SAHS greenhouse.  Students will also learn about identification, habitat, and management of key fish and wildlife species found in Minnesota's forests, prairies, wetlands, rivers and lakes.  

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Plant Science

Learn more about the fascinating world of plants in this hands-on course using the 900 sq. ft. school greenhouse. Students will grow a variety of greenhouse crops while using technology to best manage their environment for maximum quality and growth.  Students will also learn a variety of propagation methods to grow new plants, proper fertilization and soil management techniques, and effective pest management methods. Greenhouse topics will include structures and equipment, crop management, climate control, sales and marketing, and keys to financial success. Student passing this course with an A or B will earn 1 credit of HORT 1760 at Century College. 

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