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Students in the Plant Breeding and Genetics Option will learn an interdisciplinary approach to applied plant breeding by taking courses across a broad spectrum of disciplines. The option may be tailored to meet students’ career goals including graduate school as well as directly entering public or private sector breeding programs. After completing their degree, students will have gained fundamental knowledge in plant breeding that may be applied in a range of crops including annual and perennial horticultural crops, agronomic food and feed crops, and forest trees.
In addition to the advising our students receive from Kelly Donegan, Head Undergraduate Advisor, we connect students in the Plant Breeding and Genetics option with one of our faculty members who will serve as the student’s mentor. Incoming students should meet with Pat Hayes, Director of the Plant Breeding and Genetics Program, and/or Ryan Contreras, Undergraduate Liaison for the Program. At this time the student will discuss their interests in plant breeding or related discipline and be connected with a faculty member that can help guide them toward their career interests. We recommend meeting with your faculty mentor at least once per term, if not more often.