The Seed Biotechnology Center (SBC) at UC Davis offers professional education courses for industry members and growers around the world. The mission of the SBC is to mobilize the research, educational and outreach resources of UC Davis in partnership with the seed and biotechnology industries to facilitate discovery and commercialization of new seed technologies for agricultural and consumer benefit. The technical nature of plant breeding and seed production requires a highly educated workforce. A key goal of the SBC has been to provide ongoing education for professionals in the seed industry. A full list of courses can be found here.
The University of California, Davis PLANT BREEDING ACADEMY is a premium professional development program designed to develop and enhance the skills of industry personnel around the world to enable them to become independent plant breeders or to contribute to larger breeding programs.
We have compiled a list of career resources available on campus for graduate students, including GradPathways, understanding the differences between private and public sector careers in plant breeding, the Annual Master's and Ph.D. Career Symposium, and the Graduate Student Association. For more information, click here.
GACs are open to current students enrolled in a graduate degree program. A GAC is a structured sequence of courses and requirements that focus on a specialty or area of expertise not offered by a regular graduate degree program. GACs are administered by a UC Davis instructional unit (professional school, department, graduate group or a designated emphasis program), and are an additional sequence of training and expertise for graduate students. For more information, click here.
To learn more about the four different graduate groups you can join in order to take plant breeding courses, click here.
To learn more about the undergraduate majors affiliated with plant breeding courses, and undergraduate internship opportunities in plant breeding, click here.
To learn more about K-12 educational opportunities in plant sciences, click here.