Plant Breeding and Genetics Specialization

Wheat breeding

The Plant Breeding and Genetics Specialization prepares students to serve as functional members of collaborative teams that design and select plants with desirable phenotypic, and hence underlying genetic, variation that favorably impacts delivery of the desired ecosystem service.

Learning Outcomes: Plant Breeding and Genetics Specialization

Students completing a degree in PB&G will have the knowledge, skill set and professional capability to:

  1. Develop and propose models on the inheritance of genes, alleles, or other genetic elements controlling phenotype variation. 
  2. Apply physiological and biochemical principles along with classical and molecular genetics for improving cultivars through basic and advanced breeding methodology
  3. Understand the principles of identifying and creating genetic diversity for crop improvement
  4. Elaborate these basics by gaining advanced knowledge of breeding techniques, molecular genetics or digital agriculture

Foundational or Core Courses

Students seeking a Specialization in Plant Breeding and Genetics select classes from each of the following three Core Elective groups as guided by the major advisor, student committee, and IDP.

1Courses under development. 2Courses under major review/revision (AGRO 816A, B, E series not currently being taught)

Plant Breeding and Genetics

Core courses to choose from are grouped in 3 areas including Plant Breeding, Genetics and Physiology.

A. PLANT BREEDING
M.S. min 3 cr; Ph.D. min 6 cr

B. GENETICS
M.S. min 3 cr; Ph.D. min 6 cr

C. PHYSIOLOGY
M.S. min 3 cr; Ph.D. min 6 cr

Writing, Speaking and Teaching

Statistics, Data Management & Analysis, Programming

M.S. and Ph.D. (min, 6 cr)

Sub-Specialization Electives

Students then customize career track by selecting Elective classes guided by IDP, major advisor and committee.

1Courses under development. 2Courses under major review/revision (AGRO 816A, B, E series not currently being taught)

Digital Agriculture

Students free to select courses from one or more sub-specialization or to chose no sub-specialization. Core Elective Course guidelines may be waived with documentation of previously successfully completing equivalent courses, workshops, or short courses and/or demonstration of equivalent proficiencies pertaining to the student’s educational and career goals and will be identified as such in the IDP as deemed appropriate by the Student’s Supervisory Committee.