• The Purpose of Animal Science

    (1) To be prepared for careers in the field of animal science, students need to attain academic skills and knowledge, acquire knowledge and skills related to animal systems, and develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, entry requirements, and industry standards. To prepare for success, students need opportunities to learn, reinforce, apply, and transfer their knowledge and skills in a variety of settings. This course examines the inter-relatedness of human, scientific, and technological dimensions of livestock production. Instruction is designed to allow for the application of scientific and technological aspects of animal science through field and laboratory experiences.

    (2)  Nature of science. Science, as defined by the National Academy of Sciences, is the "use of evidence to construct testable explanations and predictions of natural phenomena, as well as the knowledge generated through this process." This vast body of changing and increasing knowledge is described by physical, mathematical, and conceptual models. Students should know that some questions are outside the realm of science because they deal with phenomena that are not scientifically testable.

    (3)  Scientific inquiry. Scientific inquiry is the planned and deliberate investigation of the natural world. Scientific methods of investigation are experimental, descriptive, or comparative. The method chosen should be appropriate to the question being asked.

    (4)  Science and social ethics. Scientific decision making is a way of answering questions about the natural world. Students should be able to distinguish between scientific decision-making methods (scientific methods) and ethical and social decisions that involve science (the application of scientific information).

    (5)  Science, systems, and models. A system is a collection of cycles, structures, and processes that interact. All systems have basic properties that can be described in space, time, energy, and matter. Change and constancy occur in systems as patterns and can be observed, measured, and modeled. These patterns help to make predictions that can be scientifically tested. Students should analyze a system in terms of its components and how these components relate to each other, to the whole, and to the external environment.


    Unit 1:  History of the Animal Science Industry, Domestication, and Production

                  LAB: Research World Ag

                  LAB: Illustrate Timeline

    Unit 2: Careers in the Animal Science Industry

                  LAB: Research Careers in Agriculture

                    Guest Speakers ( Utilize community members in Ag if possible for student exposure)

    Unit 3: Lab Safety

                    LAB: Safety demonstrations (googles)

                    Lab safety rap

                    Create safety posters for the Lab

                    Lab safety contract and test (100% score)

    Unit 4: Scientific Method

                    LAB: Observation versus inference ( examples, apples, elephant)

                    LAB: Ivory Soap

                    LAB: M&M Graphing

    Unit 5: Animal Welfare vs. Animal Rights


                    LAB: Research Food Inc. Rebuttal

    Unit 6: Breeds of Livestock

                    LAB: Research breed

                    LAB: Create your own Breed

                    LAB: Apocalypse decision

    Unit 7: Livestock Evaluation and Grading

                    LAB: Chalk/Paint species of animal- if have

                    LAB: Cookie Cutter

                    Online Resources

    Unit 8: Meats and Food Safety

                    LAB: Package, preservation, marketing,value added

                    LAB: Meats tasting

    Unit 9: Digestion

                    LAB: Create digstive tract

                    LAB: Dissect Quail

                    LAB: Dissect digestive tract of a deer

    Unit 10: Nutrition and Feeds

                    LAB: Cereal

                    LAB: Particles-size and shape

                    LAB: Trail Mix

                    LAB: Pearson square practice

                    LAB: Create feed and feed sack

                    LAB: Banana Bread

    Unit 11: Cells

                    LAB: Elodia, Cheek, Onion Cells

                    LAB: Parts and Observation with microscope

    Unit 12: Genetics

                    LAB: Have your DNA and Eat it Too

                    LAB: Strawberry DNA Extraction

                    LAB: Mitosis Flip Book

                    LAB: WARDS Mitosis Lab KIT

    Unit 13: Repro and Estrus Cycle

                    LAB: create male and female repro tract

                    LAB: dissect tract

                    LAB: Hormone Scavenger Hunt

    Unit 14: AI, Embryo Transfer, In-Vitro, Palpation

                    LAB: Demonstraitions

                    LAB: Field Trip to Champion Genetics- Canton, TX

    Unit 15: Skeletal, Muscle, and Nervous Systems

                    LAB: Pasta Skeletal system

                    LAB: Nerve Speed Test

                    LAB: How your skin senses

                    LAB: Make your own homunculus

    Unit 16: Respiratory, Circulatory, and Urinary Systems

                    LAB: Create a heart with blood flow

                    LAB: Urinalysis

    Unit 17: Animal Health

                    LAB: Animal Vital Signs

                    LAB: Research Diseases

                    LAB: Mastitis Testing

                    LAB: Research Parasites

    Unit 18: Biotechnology

                    LAB: Cloning

    3 ring binder
    4 dividers
    notebook paper
    map pencils