Agriculture & natural resources

Statewide analysis

The number of UC-approved secondary Agriculture and Natural Resources courses increased statewide from 1169 to 1290, an increase of 9.3 percent compared to last year. Reportedly, 92.5 percent of all agriculture programs statewide have one or more UC-approved Agriculture and Natural Resources course. Of the 1334 public comprehensive and alternative high schools in California, 373 or 27.9 percent have one or more UC-approved Agriculture and Natural Resources course. Presently, there are 3006 Agriculture and Natural Resources courses offered statewide of which 42.9 percent meet the “a-g” subject requirements.

A-G subject requirements

In analyzing the “a-g” subject requirements, agriculture courses are approved in all areas except the mathematics (“c”) and language other than English (“e”) subject areas. There was a substantial increase (19.8 percent) from the previous year in courses approved in the “f” subject area.

Subject Area

Courses

Percent of Total

History / social science (“a”)

45

3.5%

English (“b”)

4

0.3%

Mathematics (“c”)

0

0.0%

Laboratory science (“d”)

369

28.6%

Language other than English (“e”)

0

0.0%

Visual and performing arts (“f”)

146

11.3%

College-preparatory elective (“g”)

726

56.3%

Total

1290

100%

The top 15

In terms of specific courses approved, the top 15 Agriculture and Natural Resources courses are:

Course Title

Courses

1)  Integrated and/or Agricultural Biology

260

2)  Floral Design

145

3)  Veterinary Science

120

4)  Animal Science

62

5)  Agriculture Earth Science

61

6)  Environmental Horticulture Science

57

7)  Agriculture Science 1

56

8)  Agriculture Science 2

42

9)  Agricultural Economics

41

10)  Agriculture and Natural Resources

37

11)  Agriculture Business and Economics

36

12)  Plant and Soil Science

35

13)  Agriculture Government

27

14)  Agriculture Chemistry

22

15)  Animal Physiology and Anatomy

19

Source: CDE California High School Career Technical Education Course report [DOC]

Sample courses

Samples of courses approved in the Agriculture and Natural Resources industry sector are available for reference as you prepare your own course for UC approval.

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