AGRONOMY 811/411: Crop Genetic Engineering

Fall 2019: Oct. 21-Dec. 13
Academic credit

Small Azalea plant going through "in vitro" process

Dr. Tom Clemente and Leah Sandall

Class No.: 411/811

Academic Credits: Two academic credits, undergraduate or graduate.  Graduate students must earn a B or above to use this class on their Memorandum of Courses (MOC).

Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) may earn the following CEUs (certified educational units) from this course:  6 Crop Management and 4 Pest Management.

Academic registration information or go directly to MyRed.


This course is designed to provide upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, as well as agribusiness professionals, with an introduction to genetic engineering, one of the most rapidly integrated and intensively scrutinized technologies applied to crop production in the United States. Students will learn the basic steps required to produce a genetically engineered crop, with emphasis on procedures used to develop current crops and innovations that will lead to future products. Students will become familiar with the genetic engineering process, learn to predict how changes in the different steps of the process influence the final crop, and apply their knowledge of genetic engineering technology to plan the development of new genetically engineered crops.


Canvas, Blackboard, and Campus Extension.  You will need a password/key code to enter the virtual classroom.  Contact Kathy Schindler at if you haven't received a password or key code.


High-speed Internet access, email and ability to view video files.


None. All materials will be available via the Internet, Campus Extension, Canvas, and/or PASSeL.


Prior coursework in plant science, genetics and/or biology.  Individuals taking the course for academic credit must be enrolled in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and have completed a minimum of one course in genetics or related area. Students taking the course for graduate credit must also be enrolled in UNL's Graduate School.  Students taking the class for professional credit (non-academic) must be enrolled in the Plant Breeding & Genetics professional certificate program in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture.


Academic Credit Course: For information on tuition and fees, please visit the Student Accounts website for Graduate Tuition or Undergraduate Tuition.

Who It's For:

Among those who would benefit from taking this course are:

  • Undergraduate or graduate students preparing for more intensive or specialized study later. Graduate students must earn a B or above to include this class on their Memorandum of Courses (MOC).
  • Seed industry personnel
  • Food industry personnel
  • Extension educators/agents
  • Producers
  • Science and vocational education teachers
  • Certificate Crop Advisors, who may earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs - 6 in Crop Management and 4 in Pest Management).