Course Descriptions

The WPUSD Agriculture Program offers courses at Lincoln High School in multiple pathways. Pathways are sequences of two or more courses within the same area of study designed to emphasize real-world, occupationally relevant experiences of significant scope and depth in Agricultural Business, Agricultural Mechanics, Agriscience, Animal Science, Floral Design and  Ornamental Horticulture.

sustainability-icon-sets-011-600x210Sustainable Agriculture- A Biological Approach to Industry Practices

Sustainable Agriculture is a one year course designed to integrate biological science practices and knowledge into the practice of sustainable agriculture.  This is a lab science course designed for the college bound student with a career interest in agriculture and/or environmental studies. Class is held at the LHS Farm and is linked with Special Projects which will meet elective credit.
*Meets UC/CSU Lab Science Requirement
**Prerequisite: A or B in 8th Grade Science

Sustainable Agriculture Pathway: Foundational Course

sustainability-icon-sets-011-600x210Class Held at the LHS Farm
*Meets UC/CSU Requirement
**LHS Prerequisite Requirement

sustainability-icon-sets-011-600x210Agriculture and Soil Chemistry

This course explores the physical and chemical nature of soil as well as the relationships between soil, plants, animals and agricultural practices. Students will examine properties of soil and land and their connections to plant and animal production. Using knowledge of scientific protocols as well as course content, students will develop an Agriscience research program to be conducted throughout the first semester of the course. Throughout the course, students will be graded on participation in intracurricular FFA activities as well as the development and maintenance of an ongoing Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program.
*Meets CSU/UC Laboratory Science Requirement
**Prerequisite: Must pass Sustainable Agriculture with a “C” or better

Sustainable Agriculture Pathway: Concentrator Course

sustainability-icon-sets-011-600x210Ornamental Horticulture

This course exposes students to the art and science of growing plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. They provide information regarding the care and propagation of plants, flowers, trees, and shrubs, but place a special emphasis on vegetable production. In doing so, they cover a wide variety of topics, including greenhouse and nursery operations, soils and media mixtures, fruit and vegetable production, turf/golf course management, interior and exterior plantscaping, irrigation systems, weed and pest control. Students in this course must also be enrolled in Sustainable Agriculture and meet those course prerequisites as well.

Ornamental Horticulture Pathway: Foundational Course

sustainability-icon-sets-011-600x210Agriscience Systems Management

This integrated class combines an interdisciplinary approach to laboratory science and research with agricultural management principles. Using skills and principles learned in the course, students design systems and experiments to solve agricultural management issues currently facing the industry. Additionally, students will connect the products created in this class with industry activities to link real world encounters and implement skills demanded by both colleges and careers. The course culminates with an agriscience experimental research project in which students design and conduct an experiment to solve a relevant issue. Final projects will be eligible for Career Development Event competition at FFA events. Throughout the course, students will be graded on participation in intracurricular FFA activities as well as the development and maintenance of an ongoing Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program. Students enrolled in this course are also enrolled in the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Course.
*Meets CSU/UC Laboratory Science Requirement
**Prerequisite C or Better in Agriculture and Soil Chemistry

Sustainable Agriculture Pathway : Capstone Course

sustainability-icon-sets-011-600x210Introduction to Agricultural Mechanics

This course provides theory and hands-on experiences that provide opportunities for students to develop basic knowledge and skills used in the construction, maintenance and operation of equipment used in the agriculture industry. Topics will include welding, small engines, electrical systems, plumbing and basic construction. Students will also be introduced to the opportunities of involvement in the FFA program.

Agricultural Mechanics Pathway: Foundational Course

sustainability-icon-sets-011-600x210Welding and Metal Fabrication 2

Agricultural Welding courses provide students an opportunity to learn the practices and technical practice of welding processes used in agricultural fields. Students will be exposed to mechanical, electrical and thermal power that are associated with the field of agricultural welding. This class is based around more complex positions of the processes that were learned in welding one. Project fabrication and certification are introduced through project proposals, sketches and budgeting, and fabrication and layout. Students must complete a project or AWS certification, and presentation.

Agricultural Mechanics Pathway: Concentrator Course

sustainability-icon-sets-011-600x210Welding and Metal Fabrication 3

This is a design and fabrication class. Students must complete a year long project or AWS certification, and exhibition.
**Prerequisite: Must pass Welding and Metal Fabrication 2 with a “C” or better

Agricultural Mechanics Pathway: Capstone Course

Basics of Diesel Technology

Courses provide students with knowledge and skills to inspect diagnose, maintain, over the road truck systems. Specific course topics may include principles underlying diesel engines, analyzing electrical circuits and systems, reading and interpreting service manuals, and identifying the principles and components of fuel injection systems; repair and replacement of water pumps, generators, governors, auxiliary and accompanying power units and controls; transmissions, drive lines, and drive axles; brakes, tires, and wheels; steering and suspension systems; electrical and lighting systems; hydraulics and pneumatics; safety codes and regulations; and general shop skills. This class begins with vehicle familiarity, inspection expectations of drivers; inspection, diagnosis and repair for the technician.

Agricultural Mechanics Pathway: Concentrator or Capstone Course

Diesel Equipment Mechanics

Courses provide students with knowledge and skills to diagnose, maintain, and repair diesel engines and related systems. Specific course topics may include principles underlying diesel engines, troubleshooting and repairing cooling systems, reading and interpreting service manuals, and identifying the principles and major components of fuel injection systems; repair and replacement of water pumps, controls; safety codes and regulations; and general shop skills. The class is based on actual engine tear down and assembly.
An articulation with American River College: DCDT 110

Agricultural Mechanics Pathway: Concentrator or Capstone course

Agricultural Leadership

May be repeated for elective credit. Agricultural Leadership is designed for students in grades 10-12. This class is designed for students interested in the many leadership activities of the FFA. This course is centered on the fundamentals of leadership development. Students will be introduced and expected to participate in areas such as judging contests, public speaking, parliamentary procedure, serving on FFA committees, and as FFA officers.
**All students must apply to enter this course

Agricultural Business Pathway: Foundational Course

sustainability-icon-sets-011-600x210Agricultural Economics/Government

This class is designed for the senior CATES student to meet LHS graduation requirements for Economics and American government. This course will focus on principles of agribusiness management including: business structure, supply and demand, record keeping, the importance of agriculture, governmental processes and how they affect the industry of agriculture at the local, state and national level.

Agricultural Business Pathway: Capstone Course

sustainability-icon-sets-011-600x210Agricultural Entrepreneurship

This course is designed to empower entrepreneurial literacy among high school  agriculture students through a project- based learning approach. Students will synthesize the aspects of entrepreneurship in teams working with local entrepreneurs and their instructors. This course will include topics related but not limited to human relationships and effective communication, issue analysis, decision-making and problem-solving, leadership qualities and styles, and ensuring successful completion of group activities. The students then learn and enhance their written and oral communication skills by presenting their views and opinions to the class. Students learn how to arrange and present debates, speeches, and interviews to be effective leaders in today’s society.

Agricultural Business Pathway: Concentrator Course

sustainability-icon-sets-011-600x210Natural History

This class is a lecture, lab and field study course including life cycles, characteristics, identification and their relationship to man, of insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. This course is an ecological study of life zones, pollution, land uses and water systems. This class is taught at the school farm.
*Meets UC/CSU College Prep Elective credit
**Prerequisite: Must pass Agricultural Biology or Biology with a “C” or better or instructor approval

Floral Design

This course is designed to allow students to apply an artistic approach to floral design. Students will explore elements and principles of design, history of floral art, arrangement styles, etc. Students will create, design, identify, explain and evaluate all topics of study. May be taken twice as an internship.
*Meets UC/CSU Visual/ Performing Art Requirement

Floral Design Pathway : Foundational Course

Advanced Floral Design

This course builds on the introductory course with increased focus on the art of design, handling of cut flowers and the mechanics of floral design while including the selection of quality flowers and greens, budgeting, retail pricing and presentation.This will include how to prepare a bid for floral products and services for events as well as marketing, sales, economics, cash flow and management of the retail and wholesale floral business.  Prerequisite- MUST have passed 1 year of Floral Design with a C or better.

Floral Design Pathway: Concentrator Course