This graduate curriculum provides specialized courses delivered online, offering flexible learning opportunities in animal quantitative genetics and genomics.  These courses combine theory with application to solve real-world problems.

Is this program right for me?

  • Positions and industries targeted by this program include livestock breed societies, breeding service companies, genomics and pharmaceutical companies, and university and industry-based extension and outreach programs.
  • As part of a Master’s degree-level graduate program, this program provides a core in animal genetics and genomics necessary as the foundation for Doctorial level studies in these disciplines.
  • This curriculum has been designed to be comprehensive, providing students with limited prior knowledge the opportunity to learn and apply new methods and theories. Courses include hands-on experience using a variety of computer-based technologies.

What will I learn?

Topics cover the breadth of modern animal genetics, spanning foundational concepts in quantitative genetics, design of breeding programs, methods for predicting breeding values and controlling inbreeding, and their collective interface with molecular genetics and genomics.  

Download the Curriculum Guide (PDF) for additional information about course descriptions, prerequisites and recommended sequence.

How will this program help me in my career?

The Qualitative Genetics & Genomics in Animal Science program will provide:

  • The foundation for highly-sought job prospects in industry, extension and/or research in animal genetics and genomics.
  • Opportunities to learn from and interact with instructors who are highly recognized in their respective fields.
  • The ability to develop virtual communication skills necessary for engaging with an ever-increasingly global agricultural community.

The curriculum was developed, and courses initially offered, through support of the USDA-NIFA Higher Education Challenge Grants Program (2007-38411-18112; 2011-38411-30551).

AG IDEA Student Handbook

List of Courses

List of Courses

Program Summary
Cost per credit hour:

Summer 2017: $545
2017-2018: $565

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