AGRO-ENTO 815A: Self-Pollinated Crop Breeding

Image of wheat plants, a self-pollinated crop.

Fall 2019: Aug. 27 – Sept. 26

Instructor: Dr. P. Stephen Baenziger

 Class No.: AGRO/ENTO 815A

Credits: One graduate credit.
The course is also offered for noncredit professional development.

Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) may earn 10 CEUs from this course: 9 in Crop Management and 1 in Pest Management.

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This course covers the common breeding methods used to improve self-pollinated crops and the theoretical basis for self-pollinated crops. Students learn the standard breeding methods and theories associated with self-pollinated and inbred cross-pollinated crops, specifically, pedigree, bulk, single-seed descent, and backcross breeding methods.


Distance students have the option of participating in live lectures presented twice weekly to resident, on-campus students, or viewing the taped lectures online. The resident class section, which will be available "live" via the Internet for distance students, will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:20 p.m. in 272 Plant Sciences Hall on UNL's East Campus. .

  • Plant Breeding: Principles and Practices, course notes by P. Stephen Baenziger (recommended) 
  • Principles of Plant Genetics and Breeding, by George Acquaah (recommended reference text) 

Purchase both items from the University Bookstore.


High-speed Internet access with an updated browser, email, and the ability to view video files.


Individuals taking the course for academic credit must be enrolled in UNL's Graduate School and have completed AGRO 315.  For noncredit participants, at least one prior course in genetics is recommended.


Academic Credit Course: For information on tuition and fees, please visit the Student Accounts web site.
Noncredit Professional Development Course: $270 total cost

Who It's For

Among those who would benefit from taking this course are:

  • Graduate students, who can take this introductory mini-course as preparation for more intensive or specialized study later 
  • Seed industry personnel 
  • Agronomists and crop consultants (Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) may earn 10 CEUs from this course: 9 in Crop Management and 1 in Pest Management.)
  • Food industry personnel 
  • Extension educators, agents and specialists
  • Producers 
  • Science and vocational agriculture teachers