Plant Breeding is one of seven specialties that undergraduate students may choose from within the Plant Sciences major.
Plant breeding is the application of genetics and related sciences to improve cultivated plant species. It is used to develop new varieties of agronomic, vegetable, horticultural, and ornamental crops that better meet the needs of modern living. At Cornell and other institutions, research is conducted to produce more and better food and ornamental products economically and efficiently.
The Field of Plant Breeding at Cornell University offers M.S., M.P.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the areas of Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics. Careers in directing or leading plant breeding research at private companies or public institutions nationally or internationally usually require an advanced degree. Graduate students do research supervised by faculty located in Ithaca or at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station at Geneva, New York.