Agricultural Biology/Chemistry (Grades 10 and 11 Students) is a three-period block designed to offer students the opportunity to complete their life and physical science requirements within an agricultural frame of reference.
The biology portion of the course emphasizes problem solving, decision-making, critical thinking and applied learning utilizing the scientific link with agriculture. Students will explore the principles of biology and apply these concepts and principles to issues in the workplace, in society, and in personal experiences. Areas of study will include the scientific method, cells, genetics, classification, biochemistry, diversity and environmental issues.
The chemistry portion of the course is designed to convey understanding of the structure, behavior, and interactions of matter at the atomic level, and the relationship between matter and energy. Topics of study include: lab safety and scientific methods; the fundamentals of chemistry, chemical properties and analysis of water; chemistry of foods; organic compounds and their chemistry; plant biochemistry; soil chemical properties and testing; plant nutrition and fertilizers and pesticide chemistry.
The agriculture lab component will focus on individual, year-long projects relating biology and chemistry to agricultural issues and problems. Learning will be completed through both classroom lecture and hands-on projects in a laboratory setting and at the MSAD #1 Educational Farm.
This course is held in room 304.