Fall 2020: August 24 – December 18, 2020

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Professional Certificate

One unit

The module is offered for non-academic credit professional development.

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


Dr. Tom Clemente and Leah Sandall


Self-paced Professional Unit (non-academic). Your zip code must match the billing zip code that the credit card company has on file for you.)


This module is designed to provide agribusiness professionals with an introduction to genetic engineering in plants. Learners will be provided with information about the basic steps needed to produce a genetically engineered plant. There will be a focus on methods used to develop current crops and future products. Learners will become familiar with the genetic engineering process, learn how changes in the different steps of the process influence the final plant product, and see how genetic engineering technology plays a role in creating new genetically engineered plants.


Internet, Canvas and Campus Extension.  You will need a password/key code to enter the virtual classroom. 


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 are helpful. Learners taking the module for professional units (non-academic) must be enrolled in the Plant Breeding & Genetics professional certificate program in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture.


Non-credit Professional Development Module: $270.

Who It's For:

Among those who would benefit from taking this course are:

  • Learners participating in the Plant Breeding & Genetics Professional Certificate
  • Seed industry personnel
  • Food industry personnel
  • Extension educators/agents
  • Producers
  • Certificate Crop Advisors, who may earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs - 6 in Crop Management and 4 in Pest Management).