Principles of Agricultural Science-Plant Science

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The Pennsylvania State University and the Center for Professional Personnel Development will partner with State College Area High School to offer a premiere CASE Institute for Summer 2022. We will be offering Principles of Agricultural Science-Plant Science. The institute will take place July 17-27, 2022.


Principles of Agricultural Science-Plant Science, July 17-27, 2022.

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.

Additional Information

State College Area High School is located at 650 Westerly Parkway, State College, PA 16801. To learn more about State College Area High School Ag Program and FFA, visit their website here.


The cost of the Pennsylvania State University CASE Institute is $3,250 per person. The price includes lodging, curriculum, cost of instruction materials, shirt, printing, and meals. The registration fee must be paid by May 20th. See CANCELLATION POLICY for details about refunds and participant and/or school financial responsibilities after the April 1st registration deadline.


The PSU CASE Institute will operate on the standard 8-day CASE institute schedule. Pre-institute homework required. A group conference room will be reserved for evening group work and study sessions. All participants MUST be present the entire CASE Institute - NO EXCEPTIONS.

Lunch Schedule (Lunch from 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST)
Sunday, July 17th: Check-in from 2:30-5:00 pm Country Inn and Suites by Radisson (1357 East College Ave, State College, PA 16823)
Monday, July 17th-Wednesday, July 27th: Class at SCAHS from 8:00 am-5:30 pm EST

Sunday: Arrival Day and Check-in from 2:30 - 5:00 pm EST. Flights arriving into University Park Airport should land NO LATER than 2:30 pm EST. Group dinner and Institute Grand Opening at 5:30 pm at designated hotel.

Monday- Friday: Depart hotel by 7:40 am EST. Class at State College Area High School from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm EST.

  • Lunch provided at State College Area High School.
  • Dinner will be arranged for the group or participants may venture to local eateries on their own using the meal stipend.

*A more detailed schedule will be available early 2022.


Hotel accommodations will be provided as part of your registration fee at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson. The hotel will provide hot breakfast, internet, pool & hot tub, fitness area, complimentary self-parking and a group study area.

The hotel will be a short 10-minute drive from State College Area High School. 

Travel Details

Airport - The University Park Airport, host to many airlines and servicing many cities, is only ten minutes from the hotel and classroom locations. 


Central Pennsylvania has many historic and tourist attractions to offer. Some of these include:

For more attractions, please visit the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau website

Graduate Credit

Graduate credits (1-6) from the Pennsylvania State University will be offered to all participants of the PSU CASE Institute. 

Cancellation Policy

CASE Cancellation Policy

  • Full registration refund for cancellations before April 15.
  • $200 cancellation fee incurred for cancellations received later than April 15 but more than 30-days from the start date.
  • $800 cancellation fee incurred for cancellations received within 30-days from the start date or participant is a no-show. 
  • At their discretion, hosts may include an additional cancellation fee to recoup non-refundable costs.

Host Cancellation Policy:

Individuals who wish to cancel their registration after registering for the institute will incur a cancellation fee. Any registration cancellations from April 15 to May 27 will incur an $800 cancellation fee. After May 27, no refunds will be available to the individual and/or their school and payment in full is required.

Register for the 2022 PSU CASE-Plant Institute

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