Agriculture & natural resources

Statewide analysis

The number of "a-g" approved secondary Agriculture and Natural Resources courses increased statewide from 1290 to 1339, an increase of 3.6 percent compared to last year. Reportedly, 93.5 percent of all agriculture programs statewide have one or more "a-g" approved Agriculture and Natural Resources course. Of the 1361 public comprehensive and alternative high schools in California, 384 or 28.2 percent have one or more "a-g" approved Agriculture and Natural Resources course. Presently, there are 2971 Agriculture and Natural Resources courses offered statewide of which 45.1 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 (7.5 percent) from the previous year in courses approved in the “f” subject area.

Subject Area

Courses

Percent of Total

History / social science (“a”)

44

3.3%

English (“b”)

4

0.3%

Mathematics (“c”)

0

0.0%

Laboratory science (“d”)

386

28.8%

Language other than English (“e”)

0

0.0%

Visual and performing arts (“f”)

158

11.8%

College-preparatory elective (“g”)

747

55.8%

Total

1339

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

276

2)  Floral Design

151

3)  Veterinary Science

121

4)  Agriculture Earth Science

66

5)  Animal Science

64

6)  Environmental Horticulture Science

63

7)  Agriculture Science 1

60

8)  Agricultural Economics

43

9)  Agriculture Science 2

39

10)  Agriculture and Natural Resources

37

11)  Plant and Soil Science

37

12)  Agriculture Business and Economics

34

13)  Agriculture Chemistry

27

14)  Agriculture Government

27

15)  Agriculture Government and Policy

19

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