Create stronger, higher-yielding crops.
Biotechnology involves moving a trait from one plant to another in order to improve
plant growth and development. For example, a scientist in this field might work to
increase a crop’s resistance to a certain disease or pest.
This program explores the techniques and applications for this modern science in the
production of food, fuel, fiber and landscapes. You will study plants at the molecular
level and learn how they grow and respond to disease, insects and environmental
Much of your education will take place in the on-campus greenhouses and laboratories,
where you could practice manipulating plant genes, develop and use DNA molecular
markers, or take part in other hands-on research.