CASE icons-plant-green          Principles of Agricultural Science—Plant is a foundation-level course teaching students the form and function of plant systems. Students experience various plant science concepts through inquiry-based exercises filled with activities, projects, and problems utilizing laboratory and practical experiences. Student experiences will include the study of plant anatomy and physiology, classification, and the fundamentals of production and harvesting. 


Students will learn how to apply scientific knowledge and skills to use plants effectively for agricultural and horticultural production. Students will discover the value of plant production and its impact on the individual, the local, and the global economy.

Lessons throughout the course will provide an overview of the field of agricultural science with a foundation in plant science. These lessons include working in teams and exploring hands-on projects. Students will work on major projects and problems similar to those that plant science specialists, such as horticulturalists, agronomists, greenhouse and nursery managers, and plant research specialists, face in their respective careers.

Teachers are provided detailed professional development to facilitate instruction. Every lesson is aligned with national standards for agriculture, science, mathematics, and English language arts.


Principles of Agricultural Science—Plant areas of study include:

- Soils

- Anatomy and Physiology

- Taxonomy

- Growing Environment

- Reproduction

- Pest and Disease Management

- Crop Production and Marketing

For more information on the ASP course, please see below.

ASP Course Description

ASP Expanded Lesson Review

Standards Alignment

ASP Course Brochure


Revision of the CASE Principles of Agricultural Science—Plant course was made possible by contributions from CF Industries as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.



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