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Crop Sciences

Crop Sciences

Students in crop sciences (CPSC) choose from one of our seven concentrations:


Become a leader in sustainably feeding the world while caring for the environment. Learn how natural ecosystems and agriculture coexist by studying plants, ecology, and environmental issues.

Biological Sciences

Prepare to become a pre-eminent researcher in various aspects of plant sciences and science in general, including plant physiology, pathology, weed science, and entomology.

Crop Agribusiness

Prepare for the business side of crop production by integrating business and crop sciences through classes in plant sciences, finance, and management of agricultural enterprises.


Learn to maximize crop production by applying cutting-edge research in agronomy, crop production, pest management, and weed sciences.

Horticultural Food Systems

Lead the way in urbanizing agriculture and increasing food security by studying horticultural fruit and vegetable crops in urban and local food systems.

Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology

Advance plant breeding and plant improvement by learning critical skills in molecular biology, genetics, and genomics.

Plant Protection

Learn to improve crop productivity and minimize yield losses by protecting plants from disease, pests, and weeds.

Hands-on Research Opportunities

With more than 100 undergraduate research positions available, you’ll be immersed in revolutionary research happening in crop sciences. You’ll gain real-world experience working alongside faculty actively working to solve global challenges.

Areas Of Employment

  • Agribusiness
  • Agroecology
  • Biotechnology
  • Crop and Food Production
  • Digital Agronomy
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics
  • Urban Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Water Quality and Environmental Systems
  • Weed Science

Areas Of Advanced Study

  • Crop and Food Production Systems
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Plant Genetics
  • Plant Pathology
  • Soil Science
  • Weed Science

Next Steps for High School and Transfer Students:

Visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website for application requirements, and create a myIllini account to apply, check your application status, and manage your steps toward enrollment.

Schedule a visit to learn about the undergraduate academic and career opportunities in Crop Sciences.


Contact Us

Erika Olivares

Erika Olivares

Undergraduate Recruiter
AE-114 Turner Hall
1102 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801