Department of Crop Sciences

Fast Facts

Average GPA of incoming graduate students
The number of Rp genes conveying resistance to the corn rust pathogen, Puccinia sorghi, discovered by UI plant pathologist AL Hooker.
Amount of the U.S. processing pumpkin crop grown and processed in Illinois.
$10 million
Dollar value of U.S. commercial horseradish produced in Illinois. Control tactics developed at U of I saved this Illinois industry from an internal root discoloration problem caused by complex fungal pathogens.
All accepted graduate students are promised full support to complete their degree
Retention rate in graduate program (national average is 52%)
$75,000 - $95,000
Starting salary range for graduates with a Ph.D. from the Department of Crop Sciences
$65,000 - $80,000
Starting salary range for graduates with a Master’s Degree from the Department of Crop Sciences
Crop sciences undergraduate student job placement rate
Horticulture undergraduate student job placement rate
Value of Illinois Soybean Association Scholarship over four years for undergraduate students in crop sciences
Undergraduate students in crop sciences who complete at least one summer internship.
Percentage of undergraduate students who pursue advanced degrees
Average starting salary for bachelor’s degree students in crop sciences
Job offers for each undergraduate and graduate student in crop sciences
Master’s and Ph.D. students in the Department of Crop Sciences
Months it takes after graduation for all graduate students to be placed in jobs
Ph.D. students placed in tenure track positions in past 5 years
Average Quantitative and Verbal Score on the GRE
Applicants to graduate program in the Department of Crop Sciences in 2010
Graduate student fellowships available
Pounds per capita consumption of sweet corn in the United States. Nearly every sweet corn hybrid grown in North America contains endosperm mutant genes responsible for increased sweetness and quality, and/or disease resistance genes that are the result of U of I research.
The year that bacteria were first described as pathogens of plants. Based on his work with fire blight of pear, quince, and apple, Thomas J Burrill, hired at the University of Illinois in 1867, was the first person to describe a plant disease caused by a bacterium.
The year that two USDA plant pathologists, WB Allington and DW Chamberalin, first described the fungus that causes brown stem rot of soybean.
Estimated number of elm trees on U of I campus that perished from 1948 to 1972 as a result of a one-two punch of elm diseases: elm phloem necrosis and dutch elm disease.
Fellowships available in the Illinois Plant Breeding Center
New graduates needed by 2020 with a master's degree or Ph.D. in plant breeding