UCCI Courses

Biology and Sustainable Agriculture
A-G Subject: Laboratory Science
CTE Sector: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Pathway: Agriscience

This one year course, organized into for major units, integrates biological science practices and knowledge into the practice of sustainable agriculture. Unit one addresses the question, What is sustainable agriculture?  Unit two, How does sustainable agriculture fit into our environment? Unit three, What molecular biology principles guide sustainable agriculture? Unit four, How do we make decisions to maximize sustainable agricultural practices within a functioning ecosystem?  Within each unit, specific life science principles integrate with agricultural principles, as students gain knowledge of how the two disciplines inform each other, culminating in the development of a sustainable farm model and portfolio of supporting student research.

Curriculum Materials

Access instructional materials for Biology and Sustainable Agriculture. Make a copy of any document (or download the entire GoogleFolder) to modify the curriculum to meet the needs of YOUR students. Add to the folder by sending your version of any document to Carolina.Reyes@ucop.edu.

Need more course adoption support? Well, then check out this useful Ag Series Standards Map, which shows where UCCI course content meets key CTE Agriculture and Natural Resources and NGSS standards, as well as Science and Engineering practices.

Materials were compiled/developed at the UCCI Teacher Exchange, Pleasant Grove on August 3-4, 2015.

Related Resources: 

Review the outline and projects with this complete course description.

The Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is your one-stop shop for background info, crop calendars and the latest ag news.

Prep with this teacher’s guide, and then have students build their own biogas generators!

For Unit 2, here’s a sample case study on coffee production and farming

Great background info on the impact of genetic engineering on crop and animal production for Unit 3!