The agricultural sector is a highly competitive industry creating new challenges in competing with global and domestic markets. Planning an agricultural venture require financing, risk management, productivity and cost assessments. Growing public concerns over natural resources, environmental quality, and public health will continue to expand the role and scope of the natural resource management and environmental services sector.
The Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education (CASE) is a national program of study that offers students a rigorous curriculum designed to challenge students to perform at high levels. Through the use of activities, projects, and problem-solving, students explore agriculture subject matter while they learn necessary knowledge and skills. To establish these requirements, CASE incorporates the National Academic Standards and Agriculture Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Content Standards.
The Horticultural Services program of study is based on requirements for the Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH) certification used by the Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association. Students complete a sequence of courses which include: Introduction to Environmental Science, Foundations of Horticulture, Landscape Design & Management and Plant Production. Students have the opportunity to earn the Student-Level CPH certification by passing the industry exam.
The Environmental Studies/Natural Resources program of study developed in partnership with Towson University covers both environmental and natural resource management technologies that are applied to current events or studies. The program emphasizes the ethical research methods involved in making decisions that impact our ecosystem. Students will have the opportunity to earn college credit through articulation agreements with Maryland colleges.