Image of wheat plants, a self-pollinated crop.

Fall 2020: August 24 – September 25, 2020

Professional Certificate

One Unit

This module is offered for noncredit professional development.

Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) may earn 10 CEUs from this course: 9 in Crop Management and 1 in Pest Management.


P. Stephen Baenziger


Non-academic credit Professional Development (Credit card zip code must match card owner’s billing zip code.).


This module discusses common breeding methods used to improve self-pollinated crops. Learners are presented with the standard breeding methods associated with self-pollinated and inbred cross-pollinated crops, specifically, pedigree, bulk, single-seed descent, and backcross breeding methods. The module will briefly discuss management of the resulting lines, varieties or populations as well as the benefit of working in interdisciplinary teams.


Distance learners have the option of participating in live lectures presented twice weekly or viewing the taped lectures online. The in-person section, which will be available “live” via the Internet for distance learners will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays afternoons in 272 Plant Sciences Hall on UNL’s East Campus.


High-speed Internet access with an updated browser, email, and ability to view videos.


  • Plant Breeding: Principles and Practices, course notes by P. Stephen Baenziger (recommended)
  • Principles of Plant Genetics and Breeding, by George Acquaah (recommended reference text)

Purchase both items from the University Bookstore.


At least one prior course in genetics is recommended.


Noncredit Professional Development Course: $270 total cost

Who it's for

Among those who would benefit from taking this course are:

  • Seed industry personnel
  • Agronomists and crop consultants (Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) may earn 10 CEUs from this module: 9 in Crop Management and 1 in Pest Management.)
  • Food industry personnel
  • Extension educators, agents and specialists
  • Producers
  • Certified Crop Advisors