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UF/IFAS Plant Breeding

UF/IFAS Plant Breeding

Curriculum

Plant Breeding Ph.D. students are required to have a minimum of 40 credits of coursework toward their major. These include 20 credits of Core Courses, and 20 additional credits of elective courses, chosen either from the Elective Courses list or as determined by their supervisory committee.

This first year of core courses ensures that students will be prepared to take specialized courses and can formulate their dissertation studies. After taking core courses, our students create a plan of study with their advisors and branch out to specialty elective courses that apply to their specific research interest.

Core Courses

All core courses should be completed by the third semester since admission to the program (except for AGR6325L and PCB6555, because of their alternating yearly offerings). Students should also take a minimum of four credits of HOS 6932 Journal Colloquium (1 credit) or any other appropriate Journal Colloquium topic any fall and spring semesters during their graduate studies. 

COURSE INSTRUCTOR(S) TERM OFFERED BY CREDITS
AGR5266C
Field Plot Techniques
E. Rios Fall
Annual
Agronomy 3
AGR5321C
Genetic Improvement of Plants
A. Babar
F. Altpeter
Spring
Annual
Agronomy 3
AGR6325L
Plant Breeding Techniques1
K. Kenworthy Spring
Odd years
Agronomy 1
PCB6555
Intro to Quantitative Genetics2
M. Resende
M. Kirst
Fall
Even years
School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences 3
STA6093
Intro to Applied Statistics for Agricultural & Life Sciences
D. Valle
B. Baiser
Fall, Spring
Annual
School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences 3
HOS6932
Survey of Breeding Tools & Methods
P. Munoz Spring
Annual
Horticultural Sciences 3
HOS6932
Journal Colloquium3
Team-taught Fall, Spring
Annual
Horticultural Sciences 4 total
(1 cred. x 4 terms)
Total credits of core courses   20

1 Can be taken any spring semester of odd years.
2 Can be taken any fall semester of even years.
3 A minimum of 4 credits of Journal Colloquium must be taken any fall or spring semesters. 

Elective Courses

Below is a list of suggested courses that may be taken as electives. Addittional courses not listed here may be taken with approval of the student's supervisory committee. 

COURSE INSTRUCTOR(S) TERM OFFERED BY CREDITS
AGR5307
Molecular Genetics for Crop Improvement
F. Altpeter Spring
Even years
Agronomy 3
AGR6322
Advanced Plant Breeding
E. Rios Fall
Even Years
Agronomy 3
AGR6305
Plant Chromosomes and Genomes
J. Wang
E. Rios
Spring
Annual
Agronomy 3
AGR5444
Ecophysiology of Crop Production
J. Estrada Spring
Annual
Agronomy 2
BCH5045
Graduate Survey of Biochemistry
T. Colquhoun Spring
Annual
Environmental Horticulture 4
NEM5004C
Graduate Survey of Nematology
P. Digennaro Spring
Annual
Entomology and Nematology 3
ENY5006
Graduate Survey of Entomology
R. Baldwin
C. Miller
A. Auletta
Fall, Spring
Annual
Entomology and Nematology 2
ENY5006L
Graduate Survey of Entomology Laboratory
R. Baldwin
C. Miller
Fall, Spring, Summer
Annual
Entomology and Nematology 1
GMS6231
Genomics and Bioinformatics
M. Kirst
S. Chen
K. Balmant
Spring
Annual
Molecular Genetics
and Microbiology
3
HOS5242
Genetic and Breeding of Vegetable Crops
B. Rathinasabapathi Spring
Odd years
Horticultural Sciences 3
HOS6201
Breeding Perennial Cultivars
J. Chaparro Fall
Odd years
Horticultural Sciences 3
HOS6236
Molecular Marker-Assisted Plant Breeding
P. Munoz
M. Resende
K. Folta
Fall
Odd years
Horticultural Sciences 3
HOS6932
Horticultural Physiology
G. Nunez Fall
Annual
Horticultural Sciences 3
PCB5065
Advanced Genetics
Team taught
L. Hannah (coord.)
Fall
Annual
Horticultural Sciences 4
PCB5530
Plant Molecular Biology and Genomics
Team taught
G. Peter (coord.)
Fall
Annual
Horticultural Sciences 3
PCB6685
Population Genetics
C. Baer Spring
Annual
Biology 4
PLP5005C
General Plant Pathology
B. Richter Fall
Annual
Plant Pathology 4
PLP6291
Plant Disease Diagnosis
C. Harmon Spring
Annual
Plant Pathology 3

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