Plant Science

THE PLANT SCIENCE PROGRAM prepares students for successful careers in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems. Agricultural science education instruction is conveyed through three major components:

  • Classroom/laboratory instruction, which focuses on contextual learning

  • Work-based learning, which features supervised fieldwork in agriculture and natural resources programs

  • Student leadership organizations (National FFA Organization)

The Plant Science CTE Program requires an independent study and/or an agricultural leadership course.

Students in the program have access to cutting-edge equipment such as Production Greenhouses and Hydroponic & Aquaponics Systems.

Required & Recommended Courses


  • Plant Science I

  • Plant Science II

  • Plant Science III


  • Plant Science IV

  • Floriculture

  • Agriculture Technology & Sustainability

Credentials & Certifications

  • OSHA 10 General Industry

  • Precision Exam: Greenhouse Management Certificate

  • Precision Exam: Landscape Management

  • Game of Logging Level 1 Certificate (chainsaw safety course)

  • University of Rhode Island Pesticide Safety Education Certificate (preparation class for RI commercial applicators license)

  • Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management General Use Pesticide Applicators License

  • Soil Science College Credit (CCRI/URI 3 credits)

  • Articulation Agreement with Unity College (7 credits)

Work-Based Learning Requirement

In our increasingly complex global society, CTE students are expected to be prepared to enter the workforce of the future by participating in a continuum of purposeful Work-Based Learning (WBL) activities that align with their CTE Programs. WBL experiences can include an industry project, a school-based enterprise, a service-learning project, or an internship.

WBL connects the CTE Program with the real world of work by providing students with the opportunity to interact with professionals in business and industry while applying what they are learning in the classroom. Through their involvement in WBL activities, students will also develop and demonstrate essential employability skills, such as responsibility, collaboration, and communication, that are applicable in all work environments.

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)

The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) recognizes outstanding student achievement in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and encourages educational excellence, skill development, and workforce readiness.

Plant Science Eligibility Criteria:

  • Overall unweighted GPA of 3.0 or greater

  • Program unweighted GPA of 3.5 or greater

  • Enrolled in a CTE Program

  • Successfully completes three CTE courses (2.5 - 3 credits) in the Plant Science Program and is currently enrolled in the fourth level course.

  • A score of Proficient on the appropriate Precision Exam

  • Complete eighty cumulative hours of Work-Based Learning (WBL)

  • Maintains an advisor-approved SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience)


  • Special recognition at Graduation

  • NTHS scholarships

  • Other unique member privileges

  • Resume builder

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RI Pathway Endorsement

Seniors enrolled in a CTE Program are encouraged to base their Senior Passion Project on their CTE Program.

Senior Passion Projects based on the student’s CTE Program are required to qualify for the RI Pathway Endorsement Council Designation.

Program Summary at a glance

For more information about this program contact the Career Programs Supervisor at or 401-710-7579.

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