Crop Genetic Engineering

March 28 – May 4, 2017
June 5 – August 10, 2017
October 23 – December 14, 2017

Instructors: Dr. Tom Clemente and Leah Sandall

Units: The module is also offered for noncredit professional development. Certified Crop Advisors may earn the following CEUs from this module: 6 Crop Management and 4 Pest Management.


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


This module 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, Blackboard, 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, Blackboard and/or PASSeL.


Prior coursework in plant science, genetics and/or biology. Individuals taking the module for academic credit must be enrolled in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and have completed a minimum of one module in genetics or related area. Learners taking the module for graduate credit must also be enrolled in UNL’s Graduate School. Learners taking the module for professional unit (non-academic) must be enrolled in the Plant Breeding & Genetics professional certificate program in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture.


Noncredit Professional Development Module: $270 total cost

Who It’s For:

Among those who would benefit from taking this module are:

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

At a Glance