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Professional Certificate

One unit




Noncredit Professional Development by credit card


This module is eligible for Certificate Crop Advisor CEUs (continuing education units): 5 units in Crop Management and 5 units in Pest Management. Contact Leah Sandall at lsandall5@unl.edu or 402-472-9295, to ask about CEUs.


Learners will master chromosome biology and its use in plant breeding.  With a focus on haploid and double haploid systems in higher plants, the module will focus on variations in chromosome number, microspore embryogenesis, wide hybridization, in vivo maize parthenogenesis-type, and radiation systems. Use of haploids in genetics research, DH systems in self-pollinated, cross-pollinated and hybrid crop breeding.


Distance learners have the option of participating in twice weekly lectures presented 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 days and times to be announced. The “virtual classroom” is in eXtension Online Campus and students will receive a password/keycode to enter the virtual classroom.


High-speed Internet access, e-mail, and the ability to view video.




Completion of Self-Pollinated Plant Breeding for Professionals, Genetic Resources for Plant Breeding, and Outcrossing in Plant Breeding is recommended.


The fee rate for professional learners (non-academic) is $270 per credit hour.

Who It’s For

Among those who would benefit from taking this module are:

  • Plant breeding and seed industry professionals
  • Plant Breeding & Genetics Professional Certificate participants
  • Certified Crop Advisors
  • Food industry personnel
  • Extension educators, agents and specialists