Department of Crop Sciences

About Us

The Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois is part of a premier Land Grant institution with award winning instruction, internationally-renowned research, and statewide extension expertise.

Plant your future in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. Join our efforts to advance science to meet the needs of a growing world population. From plant breeding and molecular biology to sustainable food and fuel production systems, our internationally recognized faculty are prepared to educate the future leaders of our industry to use the latest advancements in science and technology to improve food and fuel production.

Our department offers students opportunities to succeed and find their niche. When our students graduate, they often have more than one lucrative job opportunity waiting. The demand for our students is high and the future looks even more promising for well-trained scientists as societal demands change. For example, by 2020, estimates say 1,430 new graduates will be needed with a master’s degree or Ph.D. in plant breeding alone.

Check out our undergraduate curriculum options in plant biotechnology and molecular biology, plant protection, agroecology, crop agribusiness, biological sciences, crops, sustainable landscapes and specialty crops. We also offer advanced degree programs tailored to your specific interests that will prepare you for enriching careers with a spectrum of public and private organizations in a global agricultural industry.

In order to reach our mission, we are developing and delivering educational and research programs that foster the creation and adoption of agricultural plant production systems that are profitable, environmentally sound, socially responsible and sustainable.

We are developing well educated, highly skilled and creative individuals with the potential to be national and international leaders in their field. If you are looking for a challenging, exciting career that will make a difference, I am confident our department can meet your needs.

German Bollero

Germán Bollero
Department Head


Major milestones in Crop Sciences