Course Syllabus


Animal Science I


Course Description

This course focuses on the basic scientific principles and processes that are involved in animal physiology, breeding, nutrition, and care in preparation for an animal science career major. Topics include animal diseases, introduction to animal science, animal nutrition, animal science issues, animal husbandry, career opportunities, and animal evaluation. English language arts, mathematics, and science are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are apprenticeship, cooperative education, mentorship, school-based enterprise, service learning, job shadowing, and supervised agricultural experience. FFA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences (NCDPI). 

Course Standards


  1. Leadership and Supervised Agricultural Experience
  2. Animal Evaluation
  3. Animal Agriculture and Management
  4. Animal Physiology

(The complete course blueprint is available on the NCDPI website.)

Course Materials

  • Pencils/Pens (Blue or Black ink only)
  • Notebook Paper
  • 1 ½ inch 3-ring binder
  • Tab dividers labeled: Warm ups, Notes, Graded Work
  • Colored Pencils/Markers
  • Animal Science I- Course Pack (Guided Notes for the whole semester)





Instructional Philosophy

All agriculture classes at Cuthbertson High School are focused around the three-circle model of Agricultural Education.  The three circles include: classroom instruction, FFA, and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE).  Classroom instruction will provide a foundation of knowledge on the course content along with many opportunities for hands-on experience to apply what is being taught.  Secondly, the FFA is a National Organization that provides opportunities for leadership experience, community service, competitions in various agricultural areas, and much more.  Finally, SAE projects are unique to Agricultural Education.  These projects allow students to take what is learned in the classroom setting and apply that knowledge to real-world scenarios.  Many different career options can also be explored while conducting SAE’s.


Major Course Projects and Assignments

  • Unit tests will be given. Students will be informed of test dates ahead of time.
  • Students will have Canvas quizzes. All Canvas quizzes are due the day of the unit test.
  • Various labs will be conducted throughout the semester.
  • Students will conduct an SAE project. Instructions will be given in class.


Assessment and Grading Plan

Tests/ Class Projects= 40%

SAE Project=10%

Quizzes= 20%

 Participation/Notebook Check= 15%

Classwork/Homework= 15%

*Any questions about grades should be handled before or after class.


Vet Assisting Academy


As a part of the Cuthbertson Animal Science Program, interested students have the unique opportunity to become certified veterinary assistants upon completion of the Vet Assisting pathway.  Animal Science 1, Animal Science 2-Small Animals or Animal Science 2* are pre-requisites for the Vet Assisting Academy.  Once these courses are completed, students may register for the Vet Assisting Class as a junior or senior in the fall.  Students then complete their co-op with a local veterinarian during the spring semester.  Students may take the vet assisting course without registering for the co-op if they choose.  Please direct any questions to Mr. Shumate.

*Note- Animal Science 2- Small Animals or Animal Science 2 may be taken as a co-requisite with the Vet Assisting course if offered during the same semester.


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