Department of Crop Sciences


Where modern-day agriculture research meets traditional ag practices. Maximize production by learning how crops grow and develop through courses in agronomy, soils, pest management, and weed sciences.
Did You Know...

The average starting salary for a Crop Sciences graduate is $43,830.

  • Students study the diversity of plants, crop development, plant nutrition, genetics, plant breeding, and soils.
  • Prepares students for a career in technical, managerial and research positions within local, state and federal government agencies and the agricultural industry.
  • Not your typical 9-to-5 career, the Crops concentration offers a lifestyle with flexibility, new experiences, and life outside of an office cubicle.
  • Graduates obtain positions in the chemical, fertilizer, and seed industries, as well as taking over family farm enterprises.

Career Opportunity: Small Grains Extension Specialist

David Marburger

David Marburger

Being a student at the U of I was where I really developed my passion for pursuing a career in crop sciences.