Program Description

This program introduces students to the exciting and dynamic industry of agriculture and natural resources (ANR). Students can be involved in new technologies through practical applications at the animal studies facility, hydroponic greenhouse and outdoor E.A.R.T.H. Center (Environmental Area for Research, Teaching and Husbandry).

Students may select projects from one or more of the following content areas. Each project selected is designed to enhance the students experience through "learn by doing".

Student planting lettuce

Course Content

Plant Science

  • Nutrition, Genetics, Reproduction
  • Intro to Plants Biology
  • Horticulture
  • Integrated Pest Management Crop Production
  • Hydroponics

Animal Science

  • Nutrition, Reproduction, Genetics & Health Care
  • Animal Selection & Evaluation
  • Animal Products & By-products
  • Introduction to Veterinary Medicine
  • Animal Husbandry

Environmental Science

  • Intro to Ecology
  • Wildlife Management
  • Fisheries Management
  • Water Quality
  • Recycling & Alternative Energy
  • Forestry & Maple Syrup Production
  • Beehive Management

Helpful Experience & Aptitude

  • Should like to work in an outdoor environment
  • Ability to problem solve and communicate within a team
  • Respect for diversity
  • High school classes in applied Math, Biology and Life Science


Entry Level Occupations

  • Animal Care Provider
  • Landscape Maintenance
  • Water Quality Technician
  • Groundskeeper
  • AG Retail Sales
  • Greenhouse Grower
  • Artificial Inseminator
  • Lawn Maintenance

Entry Level Occupations

  • Parks and Recreation Worker
  • Meat Cutter
  • Forester
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Self Employment
  • Bait & Tackle Retailer
  • Crop Field Hand
  • Commercial Pesticide Applicator


For College Bound Students

Students learn many beneficial skills that are intended to prepare them for post-secondary education. Macomb Community College, Baker College and Michigan State University offer both a two year technical degree and a large number of four year degrees in agriculture and natural resources. Students selecting a career path in an environmental science field have additional options available to them at Lake Superior State University, Northern Michigan University and University of Michigan.

Upon successful completion of this program students may earn advanced placement and/or college credit towards a two year program at Lansing Community College. If Students earn their FFA State degree through their FFA State degree through their FFA leadership & Biotechnology expeience, they can receive 6 credits towards a degree at MSU.