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Crop Sciences

Plant Biotechnology

Plant biotechnology is a part of our daily lives in applications such as developing nutritionally enhanced foods, enabling sustainable agricultural production, and engineering plants for industrial and medical purposes.

The Plant Biotechnology major provides an interdisciplinary curriculum integrating the science and practice of crop production through courses in molecular biology, genetics and genomics, biochemistry, plant protection, data analysis, and more.

Endless Experiential Learning Opportunities

From hands-on research with world-renowned faculty to internships at exciting startup companies, Plant Biotechnology students build skills inside and outside the classroom. You’ll be at the forefront of research and innovation, revolutionizing agriculture every step of the way.

Areas of Employment

  • Biotechnology
  • Plant Breeding
  • Plant Protection
  • Agricultural Business
  • Academic or Governmental Research
  • Environmental Science
  • Food Science
  • Research and Development
  • Medicine and Pharmaceuticals
  • Patent Law

Areas Of Advanced Study

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Plant Breeding
  • Plant Protection
  • Biochemistry
  • Crop and Plant Sciences

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 Plant Biotechnology.


Contact Us

Erika Olivares

Erika Olivares

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