Crop Sciences

College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences


What is Crop Sciences?

Our Crop Sciences program emphasizes solving important global problems. You'll learn to make plants more efficient, sustainable, and productive while reducing risk and cost to producers. You will have the opportunity to work in labs and help with the latest research projects under our best faculty. You’ll also have the chance to travel the world while earning class credit. You may take part in paid internships with reputable companies. With this major, you'll have the skills to set yourself up for a career you love helping those in need. You can choose from three concentrations:

  • Agroecology
  • Crop Agribusiness
  • Horticultural Food Systems

Career Options

  • Agribusiness
  • Biotechnology
  • Consulting
  • Crop & food production
  • Medicine
  • Plant breeding & genetics
  • Urban agriculture & horticulture
  • Research
  • Water quality & environmental systems
  • Weed sciences

Post-Graduation Success1

92% employed or continuing education

55% employed after graduation

37% attending graduate school

$44,932 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Monsanto, AgReliant Genetics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Purdue University, Iowa State University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong science and math coursework and performance
  • Calculus and Chemistry preferred (if available at high school)
  • Experiences related to the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.6 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

70% four-year graduation rate

82% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,008
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $37,158


  • Tuition: $33,128
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $56,618


  • Tuition: $34,076
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,566