Crop Genetic Engineering Module

October 23 - December 15, 2017
March 26 - May 4, 2018
June 4-Aug. 9, 2018

Field corn ear silk

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 course is designed to provide individuals with an introduction to genetic engineering, one of the most rapidly integrated and intensively scrutinized technologies applied to crop production in the United States. Individuals 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.  Learners 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.


Internet, Canvas 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 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).