Agriculture-BigAgriculture, Food & Natural Resources

In CTE Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster classes, the topic is life. As long as human beings inhabit the planet, we will have a need for scientists and technicians to ensure that we are responsibly managing our food production and our natural resources consumption.

This career cluster is organized into eight career pathways:

  • Animal systems
  • Agribusiness systems
  • Biotechnology systems
  • Environmental service systems
  • Food products and processing systems
  • Natural resources systems
  • Plant systems
  • Power, structural and technical systems


Plant Systems Pathway – CIP Code 01.1101

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(Gr 9-12) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit life science)

This course is serves as a survey of the various aspects of agriculture. A number of basic topics, such as the role of agriscience in our world, opportunities in agriculture education, food production, and basic agribusiness will be covered. Additionally, skill such as public speaking and leadership will be emphasized.





(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit life science) (Replaces Botany)

Prerequisite: Physical Science  OR Honors Physical Science

Courses expose students to the art and science of growing plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, fruits, agriculture crops and vegetables. In doing so, they cover a wide variety of topics, including greenhouse and nursery operations, soils & media mixtures, soil chemistry, fertility, mineralogy, hydrology, soil conservation, irrigation, fruit and vegetable production, turf/golf course management, interior and exterior plantscaping, irrigation systems, and weed & pest control.



(Gr 11-12) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit life science)

Prerequisite: Physical Science  or Honors Physical Science. Introduction to Agriculture, Plant & Soil Science

This course covers principles of range management. Included are topics such as the history of range management, physical conditions, rangeland types, plant physiology, and range ecology. Additionally, stocking and wildlife management will be discussed.



(Gr 11-12) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit life science)

Prerequisite: Physical Science OR Honors Physical Science. Introduction to Agriculture, Plant & Soil Science.

This course covers various topics such as careers opportunities, plant identification and classification, pest management, and greenhouse management. Additionally, plant production and propagation will be discussed.



(Gr 9-11) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit life science)

Prerequisite: Physical Science or Honors Physical Science

These laboratory courses introduce students to the fundamental concepts of taxonomy, ecology, biochemistry, cell biology, reproduction and development, genetics and evolution. The course emphasizes basic writing, laboratory and problem-solving skills. These courses fulfill Emporia High School’s life science graduation requirement and count as one of the three units of natural science required for admission into Kansas Regents’ Universities. Biology is recommended at the sophomore level for all students, especially those who intend to go to college. 



(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course introduces students to accounting concepts, career options, and the accounting cycles of a proprietorship, partnership and a corporation. Students will complete accounting business simulations. This course is articulated through Butler Community College and Cowley Community College.




(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course is designed for those interested in developing skills and competencies needed for careers in marketing, merchandising, and management. Students will cover such topics as advertising, promotions, product development, marketing research, selling, human relations and career explorations. This course is articulated through Cowley Community College.



(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Prerequisite: Algebra I, Physical Science I & II or Honors Physical Science I & II
Recommended: Geometry (previously or concurrently)

This course studies matter and time and changes it may undergo. Students master the basics of chemistry: structure and properties of matter, formulas, equations, problem-solving, and basic reactions. The study of matter continues second trimester with an emphasis on problem-solving, nuclear chemistry and solution chemistry. The course is recommended for juniors and seniors or sophomores with strong academic backgrounds.



(Gr 9, 10) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course introduces students to the skills needed to be employable and successful in the workplace. The course also allows students to explore different career areas. Students examine current events to determine their impact on business and industry and legal and ethical behavior, acquire knowledge of safe and secure environmental controls to enhance productivity, and determine how resources should be managed to achieve company goals. As students learn about different types of business ownership, they interpret industry laws and regulations to ensure compliance, identify principles of business management, and analyze business practices to determine ethics and social responsibilities.



(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Recommended Prerequisite: Culinary Basics

Students study the physical and chemical characteristics of food using scientific methods and equipment. This is not a food preparation course; the focus is on the biological and chemical basis for food preparation, processing, fermentation and preservation. Students develop laboratory, writing, and reasoning skills through measuring, recording, and graphing data; predicting and evaluating laboratory results; and writing laboratory reports. This course can be used to fulfill one half of the elective science credit needed for graduation.



(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Food Science I

This course continues the study of the physical and chemical characteristics of food. Food Science II expands on the content presented in Food Science I with more in-depth study in the biological and chemical basis for nutrition, processing, fermentation and preservation. Students conduct a short research project related to developing a new food product. This course can be used to fulfill one half of the elective science credit needed for graduation.



(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit life science)

Prerequisite: Biology

In this course students study the taxonomy (classification) of the animal kingdom and the general conservation of our ecosystems through anatomy studies (dissection) of representative phyla. The course emphasizes knowledge of anatomy, proper vocabulary, the how and why of classification, and dissection techniques. Multiple texts are used.



(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ cr)

This course explores the personal characteristics and resources needed to start and run a small business profitably. Instruction includes the basics of planning, organizing, financing, starting, operating, and managing a small business in the free enterprise system. Students complete a business simulation, develop and run a business. This course is articulated through Cowley Community College and Butler County Community College.



Classroom instruction includes lectures and demonstrations in the concepts of welding. Welding certifications are offered for different types of welding. Instruction covers technical skills needed by individuals to enter the work place as a welding technician.

Open to seniors.



Students in agriculture, food and natural resources learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities, from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college and graduate programs.

CTE classes in this cluster will introduce you to a variety of interesting careers including:

  • Agricultural Chemical Dealer
  • Agricultural Educator
  • Aquaculturalist
  • Bank/Loan Office
  • Botanist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Compliance-
    Assurance Manager
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Equine Manager
  • Farm Manager
  • Fish and Game Officer
  • Health and Safety Sanitarian
  • Meat Cutter-Meat Grader
    Park Manager
  • Plant Pathologist
  • Produce Buyer
  • Recycling Technician
  • Veterinarian
  • Wildlife Manager