Department of Crop Sciences

Course Description

This course is a basic introduction to Crop Science principles and will provide an overview of the wide variety of topics that are studied and researched within the Department of Crop Sciences. Specific subjects include definition of crops; plant form and function, plant life cycle, specific crops, advances in crop production, plant protection, and agronomic research.

Course Objectives

Students will gain understanding of the definition, anatomy, growth habits, factors affecting growth, and pests of major crop plants of Illinois.


Ms. Patricia Stoller
Office: AE 114 Turner Hall (behind the student lounge)
Phone: (217) 244-5953
Office hours: after class M-W-F, or by appointment. 

Requirement(s) Fulfilled

A prerequisite for other crop sciences courses in the department. This course will introduce the student to principles of crop growth and production.

Course Time and Location

Fall - Timetable Entry

Laboratory Sections

Section 1: Wednesday, 1:00 PM to 3:50 PM

Section 2: Thursday, 9:00 AM to 11:50 AM

Section 3: Thursday, 1:00 PM to 3:50 PM



Introductory Crop Science (6th ed. revised) by Richard Waldren,
Principles of Crop Production (2nd ed. revised) by George Acquaah,
Introduction to Agronomy (1st ed) by Craig Sheaffer and Kristine Moncada
available at campus bookstores.


Crop Sciences Laboratory Manual by Patricia Stoller,
available in class or at ITCS Marketing and Distribution Warehouse


Attendance in lecture will not be taken, and there will be no penalty directly levied against you for failure to attend lecture. You are encouraged to attend however, for there is a good correlation between those who attend regularly and those that make the highest grades. Students in CPSC 112 are assumed to be mature, to appreciate the need to attend class, and have a desire to do well in the course.

Academic Integrity

It is assumed that all students subscribe to the academic integrity standards set forth by the University of Illinois. In other words, it is expected that everyone will do their own work during exams and in completing any and all other assignments. Failure to comply with campus standards will result in severe academic penalties.

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