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Maryland CTE Program of Study

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE)

The Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education (CASE) is under development and being field tested during the 2009-2010 school year. The program is a national curriculum project that offers students a rigorous curriculum designed to challenge students to perform at high levels. Through the use of activities, projects and problem-solving, students will explore agriculture subject matter while they learn necessary knowledge and skills. To establish these requirements, CASE incorporates the National Academic Standards and Agriculture Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Content Standards. The program is a four-course sequence and will offer students the opportunity to earn college credit upon successful program completion.

CTE Course Sequence

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

Students participating in the Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources course will experience exciting “hands-on” activities, projects, and problems. Student experiences will involve the study of communication, the science of agriculture, plants, animals, natural resources, and agricultural mechanics. While surveying the opportunities available in agriculture and natural resources, students will learn to solve problems, conduct research, analyze data, work in teams, and take responsibility for their work, actions, and learning. For example, students will work in groups to determine the efficiency and environmental impacts of fuel sources in a practical learning exercise.

Principles of Agricultural Sciences- Animal

The Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal course serves as one of two principle courses within the CASE™ program sequence. The course is structured to enable all students to have a variety of experiences that will provide an overview of the field of agricultural science with a foundation in animal science so that students may continue through the sequence of courses in the CASE™ POS. Students will participate in hands-on projects and activities to recognize the characteristics of animal science and participate in projects and problems similar to those that animal science specialists, such as veterinarians, zoologists, livestock producers, or industry personnel face in their respective careers. The knowledge and skills students develop will be used in future courses within the CASE™ program.

Principles of Agricultural Sciences- Plant

The Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant™ course serves as the other principle course within the CASE™ program sequence. The course is structured to enable all students to have a variety of experiences that will provide an overview of the field of agricultural science with a foundation in plant science so that students may continue through the sequence of courses in the CASE™ program. Students will work in teams, exploring hands-on projects and activities, to learn the characteristics of plant science and work on major projects and problems similar to those that plant science specialists, such as horticulturalists, agronomists, greenhouse and nursery mangers and producers, and plant research specialists face in their respective careers. This knowledge and skills will be used in future courses within the CASE™ program.

Animal and Plant Biotechnology

The Animal and Plant Biotechnology course is one of two specialized courses. Students will complete hands-on activities, projects, and problems designed to build content knowledge and technical skills in the field of biotechnology. Students are expected to become proficient at projects involving micropipetting, bacterial cultures and transformations, electrophoresis, and polymerase chain reaction. Research and experimental design will be highlighted as students develop and conduct industry appropriate investigations.

Food Science and Safety

The Food Science and Safety course is one of two specialized courses available to students through the CASE™ curriculum. Throughout the course students will explore the science of food production and processing. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the interdependencies of production, processing, and distribution with the safety and security needed to provide a secure food source. The science and methodology of creating a food product, natural or processed, with a consistent quality, and flavor will also be addressed.

Agricultural Research and Development (Capstone)

The Maryland developed Agricultural Research, and Development course will serve as the capstone and completer course for students that have completed three of the following CASE™ courses: Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Principles for Agricultural Science Plant or Animal, Animal and Plant Biotechnology, or Food Science and Safety. Instruction and continued inquiry-based projects are designed to integrate key learning from the CASE™ sequence of courses and have students apply them to real-world career situations through student-directed research, Supervised Agriculture Experiences (SAE) projects, or other internship/ work-based learning opportunities.

Additional Program Advantages

Program Affiliate

University of Maryland; College Park
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Institute of Applied Agriculture

UMCP

Program Recognition

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education

CASE

Student Organization

FFA

FFA