Plant Genetics, Breeding, and Biotechnology
Plant genetics, breeding, and biotechnology students are interested in agricultural biotechnology, genetic engineering, and research in genetic mechanisms that control crop growth and development. Students prepare for many research opportunities in industry and acquire the necessary background for graduate studies. Students also learn the fundamentals of genetics and practical plant breeding as well as the latest developments in genetic engineering, environmentally sound crop production practices, development of varieties appropriate for the agriculture of developing countries, and strategies for developing plant lines adapted to environmental stresses. Opportunities exist for training both in laboratory and field practices important to modern genetics research. A professional internship involving practical aspects of the option is required.
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Careers in Plant Genetics, Breeding, and Biotechnology
Graduates enjoy a wide range of employment opportunities in the seed and biotechnology industries and in plant genetics research and teaching. Students specializing in plant breeding are prepared for a broad spectrum of careers involving development of improved crop varieties and their adaptation to crop production systems.
Transfer to Plant Genetics, Breeding, and Biotechnology
Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.
Minimum GPA: 2.5