Animal Science

In the Animal Science pathway, students study large, small, and specialty animals. Students explore the necessary elements, such as diet, genetics, habitat, and behavior, to create humane, ecologically, and economically sustainable animal production systems. The pathway includes the study of animal anatomy and physiology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics, health and welfare, animal production, technology, and management and processing of  animal products and by-products.


Professional Certificate/ Industry Recognized Credential:


Students will earn Pet First Aid and CPR certification through the American Red Cross.

Students will have the opportunity to improve their leadership skills, through their participation in FFA, the approved Career and Technical Student organization for the Animal Science Pathway.


Recommended Prerequisite: Career and Life Planning and/or Culinary Essentials

Supporting Classes offered in the TPS High Schools: All Family and Consumer Science and Business Pathway classes

Sequence of Courses:

Semester 1

  • Agriculture Explorations AB (5300) 1 credit
  • Animal Science 1A (5301A) .5 credit

Semester 2

  • Small Animal Care (5302) 1 credit
  • Animal Science 1B (5301B) .5 credit

Semester 3

  • Advanced Animal Science (5303) 1 credit
  • Animal Health Vet Tech A (5304A) .5 credit

Semester 4

  • Animal Science Internship (5305) 1 credit
  • Animal Health Vet Tech B (5304B) .5 credit

Semester 5

  • Agriculture Entrepreneurship (5306) 1 credit
  • Ag. Leader A (5307A) .5 credit

Semester 6

  • Adv. Agriculture Intern (5306) 1 credit
  • Ag. Leader B (53074B) .5 credit

The Pathway courses are sequential.

Instructor: Desarae Balderston, dbalderston@tps501.org

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