GENE 301

Applied Genetics and Breeding

Course overview

You’ll explore the application of genetics to the breeding of plants, animals and microbes of relevance to agricultural production systems. Acquire practical knowledge and applied uses of molecular genetics and today’s gene technology.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):


  • Genetics, GENE-201


  • restriction Molecular Biology, BICH-321
  • restriction Animal Breeding and Genetics, ANSC-340
  • restriction Plant Biotechnology, PLSC-332

Available semesters Semester 2 2024
Credits 15
Domestic fees $969.00

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Use your advanced knowledge of classical, molecular and quantitative genetics to develop new or improved strategies to manipulate the genetic composition of organisms of relevance to agricultural production systems.
  2. Identify and apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative analytical tools to problems and challenges in genetics and breeding.
  3. Apply your knowledge to the analysis and manipulation of the genetic composition of populations of animals, plants and micro-organisms.
  4. Have a sound understanding of the ethical issues the study and use of genetics, particularly the use of selective breeding, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and transgenics.
  5. Appreciate the need to balance the use of genetic and other breeding tools to produce happy and healthy livestock, which consumers’ will value.

Course examiners

Jon Hickford

Professor Jon Hickford


Department of Agricultural Sciences