Plant Genetics, Breeding, and Biotechnology

College of Agriculture

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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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.

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