AGRO 412/812: Crop & Weed Genetics

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Spring 2020: Jan. 13-May 8
Instructor: Don Lee

Class No.: AGRO/HORT 412/812

Credits: Two academic credits
This course is available to graduate students, advanced undergraduate students and to non-credit professional development learners.  Graduate students must earn a B or above to include this class on thier Memorandum of Courses.  Non-credit students must earn a 70% or above to earn a Pass.

Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) may earn 3 Crop Management and 2 Pest Management CEUs for this course.


Academic Credit registration through MyRed


Module Description: This online mini-module is designed to provide agronomy students and agribusiness professionals an understanding of the genetic basis for variation observed among crop varieties and weed populations, and to provide insights into the development of new traits in crop varieties. Students learn how to apply classical and molecular genetic principles to explain variation observed in plant families and populations, and to interpret information gathered from whole-plant trait observation and molecular analysis. Examples from genetic studies on both crop and weed species are presented for student evaluation and relationships between crops and weeds are discussed.


The course will be held in  Please contact Leah Sandall at or 402-472-9295 to obtain a password/key code.  This course has an online section only. Lectures have been recorded and students can participate viewed the taped, archived lectures online.  


High-speed Internet access with an updated browser, email, and ability to view videos. Recommended browsers include Chrome, Firefox and Safari.


None. All materials will be made available via the Internet via


Coursework in plant science, genetics and/or biology. Individuals taking the course for academic credit must be enrolled in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, or in the Department of Agronomy & Horticulture's Plant Breeding & Genetics professional graduate certificate.


Academic Credit Course: For information on tuition and fees, please visit the Student Accounts website.

Who It's For

Among those who would benefit from taking this course are:

  • Advanced undergraduate students and 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).
  • Certified professional agronomists and crop consultants (Certified Crop Advisors, CCAs, may earn 3 Crop Management and 2 Pest Management CEUs for this course.) 
  • Science and vocational education teachers 
  • Seed industry personnel 
  • Food industry personnel 
  • Extension educators, agents and specialists
  • Producers