Necessary Skills in the Environmental and Agricultural Sciences Program


The student should have at least 8th grade reading and writing skills. Students are required to write scientific reports and should understand scientific research principles. The background knowledge acquired in a high school biology class is very important for a student to be successful. Knowledge of earth science, biological sciences, and principles of chemistry are also helpful.


Students will be using tractors and farm equipment; therefore, safety skills and good judgment are essential for their own and other’s safety during class. The ability to work alone, in small groups and/or unsupervised is necessary to be successful. Trustworthy and mature behavior are critical in this type of setting.


Students with allergies to animals, dust, pollen, or molds should be very cautious about entering this class due to regular exposure to such allergens.

Expectations of the Student

Students have the opportunity to explore and work within many different areas of the Agriculture and Natural Resources field. Students must have the ability to be a self-starter, work independently and with a group, be willing to work in all sorts of conditions and be responsible and reliable.

  • Responsibility – You are expected to be trustworthy, reliable and responsible in all situations whether in the classroom or on the land lab.
  • Exercise Good Judgment – Always think before you speak or act. Also, manage your time both in and outside of class.
  • Study – Truly learning the subject will require effort on your part. Studying outside of class is vital to your success.
  • Be Prepared – Bring class binder, notebook, papers, pens/pencils, and yes, even your BRAIN! Neglecting to bring the proper materials and be dressed for work on a routine basis will result in loss of participation points.
  • Respect – All students have the right to learn and achieve without the interference of others.
  • Exhibiting prejudice or prejudicial behaviors will NOT be tolerated.