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The study of Agriculture at William Penn High School focuses on three fundamental areas: plant science, animal science and environmental science. Plant science applies the principles of agriculture, biology, and chemistry of plant life. Connecting to our environmental science program, students combine economics, policy and ecology in order to study ecosystems and natural resources. Our animal science program emphasizes animal nutrition, animal care and how animals interact with our food systems. Through a partnership with the Trustees of the New Castle Common on Historic Penn Farm, students will practice this knowledge on a living farm, adjacent to school property. Agriculture student work directly with culinary and science students in our “farm to school to table” program . Our environmental science program focuses on the interrelationships between humans and the natural world. Each student, upon graduation and completion of the pathway in Agriculture will receive a related industry recognized certification.



Recommended Program of Study


Grade 9

  1. English I
  2. Integrated Math I
  3. Science I
  4. Geography/Civics
  5. Physical Education/Health
  6. Introduction to Agriscience
  7. World Language
  8. Elective

Grade 10

  1. English II
  2. Integrated Math II
  3. Biology
  4. Economics
  5. Physical Ed/Drivers Ed
  6. AG course (Plant, Animal or Env. Sci)
  7. Elective
  8. World Language

Grade 11

  1. English III
  2. Integrated Math III
  3. Chemistry
  4. US History
  5. AG course (Plant, Animal, or Env Sci)
  6. Penn Farm
  7. World Language
  8. Elective

Grade 12

  1. English IV
  2. Mathematics course
  3. AG course (Plant, Animal, or Env Sci)
  4. Penn Farm
  5. Physics
  6. Elective
  7. Elective
  8. Elective



Additional courses or electives that relate to this major:

Business Corporate Management II and III
Business Essentials, Marketing
Culinary Arts courses

         AGRICULTURE (Pathways)


Plant Science Pathway

The Plant Science program of study is a three course instructional program designed to provide students with knowledge of plant growth and reproduction, as well as the use of plants for food, fiber, and ornamental purposes. The program prepares students for a variety of careers in: agronomy, ornamental horticulture, biotechnology, forestry, soil science, and turf management.

Animal Science Pathway

The Animal Science & Management program is a handson program of study that explores: animal production and management, physical restraint and handling, conducting health exams, evaluation of behavior, principles of genetics and reproduction, animal selection through evaluation, anatomy and physiology, animal nutrition, basic veterinary practices, global food systems, ethics of food animal production, and current agricultural issues in order to foster an understanding of the steps involved in producing and marketing products for consumers. Students practice decision-making and research skills through classroom instruction, laboratory activities, and practical experiences. The program prepares students for a variety of careers in: agribusiness, agriscience education, animal genetics, animal nutrition, animal reproduction, extension educator, marine biology, wildlife biology, veterinary medicine, zoology, animal researcher, animal processor, production manager, artificial insemination technician, animal breeder, veterinary assistant/ technician, wildlife manager, zoo animal specialist, animal rescue/animal control officer, and agriculture producer.

Environmental Science Pathway
The Environmental and Natural Resource Science (ENRS) program of study is a three instructional program designed to provide students with the scientific principles and methods required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, identify and analyze environmental problems that are natural and human-made, evaluate risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions. ENRS is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study and promotes unifying constructs, or themes, that cut across the topics included in the study of Environmental and Natural Resources. The program prepares students for a variety of careers including environmental engineer, environmental science and protection technician, geological and petroleum technician, natural sciences manager, wildlife biologist, and zoologist.

Courses for each of our pathways:

Plant Science

Introduction to Agriscience

Plant Science I

Plant Science II

Plant Science III

Penn Farm

Animal Science

Introduction to Agriscience

Animal Science I

Animal Science II

Animal Science III

Penn Farm

Environmental Science

Introduction to Agriscience

Natural Resources & Ecology

Environmental Science Issues

AP Environmental Science

Penn Farm