Animal & Plant Science

Animal & Plant Science is a two year sequence for both winnisquam and sending students

Animal & Plant Science I: Students will become proficient in competencies related to animal anatomy & physiology, behavior and nutrition. In the area of plant science, competencies will include plant production and harvesting, nutrition, categorization and anatomy. Applications of these concepts will be carried out in the school greenhouse, and through local partnerships at farms, gardens and animal shelters. Leadership development and entrepreneurial skills will be cultivated through skill application as well. Class meets every day for a full year. Two credits (1 science elective + 1 general elective)

Animal & Plant Science II: Prerequisite: Animal & Plant Science I. Successful completers of the first year of the sequence will build on the skills developed by creating capstone projects that relate to competencies and to areas of individual student interest. This year requires of students more independence through directing their own learning, using time productively and solving problems encountered through capstone projects. The culmination of the program will be capstone presentations to a panel composed of program advisory committee members, as well as participation in career and leadership development events. Students completing the two year sequence may receive ½ math credit. WRHS has articulation agreements with SUNY Cobleskill and the Thompson School of Applied Science which may qualify students for two semester hours of credit upon successful completion of this course. Class meets every day for a full year. Two credits (1 science elective + 1 general elective)

Animal & Plant Science Competencies:

  • Understand anatomy & physiology as applied to management and/or production
  • Understand animal behavior for safe handling
  • Understand nutritional concepts for maintenance of optimal health
  • Understand the fundamentals of plant production & harvesting
  • Understand the taxonomic classification system & use it to identify plants
  • Apply knowledge of plant anatomy & physiology for production purposes
  • Understand and implement pest management practices
  • Understand practices in ornamental horticulture that enhance environments
  • Understand fundamental concepts of economics and entrepreneurship
  • Identify the skills required to be career-ready