During second semester, students investigate genetics and DNA, concluding with genetic engineering, stem cells, and cloning. Students work closely with plants and animals to discover their inner mechanisms through inquiry and independent learning, enabling students to succeed in a wide range of courses and on the ACT Exam. Agriscience not only prepares students to understand rigorous concepts in science, agriculture, medicine, mathematics, ecology, and engineering, but also prepares them for college and for careers after high school.
Large Animal Veterinary Science is your chance to make decisions like a doctor, nurse, or veterinarian while you’re still in high school. Students in this course begin with an exploration of health and diseases, analyzing pathogens and learning how to reduce the prevalence of disease through the administration of vaccines, antibiotics, and other health measures. Students then explore the reproductive system of mammals, learning how to enable reproduction through management and hormone therapies while preventing reproductive disease and disorders. Next, students explore mammalian nutrition, connecting the components of the diet of an animal to its health and wellbeing. Students conclude the course by assessing animal welfare, facility design, and finish by conducting physical exams on actual cattle in order to determine the appropriate diagnosis for their condition. Students work closely with living animals to gain real-world skills and dissect organs in order to better understand animal systems from the inside-out. In this class, you will be treated like a veterinary student and you will learn to diagnose and treat actual diseases and disorders. This is an ideal class for anyone who wants a career in a medical, science, or agricultural field. This class can count for college credit for students attending UW-Madison in the fall if they pass the placement exam on campus for Animal Science 101 (see instructor for more details).
Students in Agribusiness and Marketing learn how to effectively run any kind of business through an in-depth investigation of economics, marketing, and business management. Students first learn how and why people make the decisions that they do, followed by exploring how economics works at a national and international level. Students then move into marketing, investigating how to persuade others to buy their products and services. The class concludes with business management, covering not just how to run a business but also how to pay taxes and invest in a secure financial future. Students not only learn how to succeed in business but also how to succeed in life.
Developed in cooperation with federal researchers and university laboratories, this course teaches students how to develop advanced next-generation fuels including biodiesel, ethanol, and biogas. Students work weekly in the agricultural laboratory to develop more efficient and sustainable fuels while exploring their impact on engines and on the environment. Students learn first-rate laboratory techniques and engineering skills while creating the actual fuels that they are studying. Later in the semester, students explore genetic engineering with living organisms, exploring how microbes can be engineered to make sustainable fuels as well as antibiotics, cheese, yogurt, root beer, and other products.