Department of Crop Sciences

Fast Facts

3.67
Average GPA of incoming graduate students
25+
The number of Rp genes conveying resistance to the corn rust pathogen, Puccinia sorghi, discovered by UI plant pathologist AL Hooker.
90%
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.
100%
All accepted graduate students are promised full support to complete their degree
95%
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
83%
Crop sciences undergraduate student job placement rate
86%
Horticulture undergraduate student job placement rate
$50,000
Value of Illinois Soybean Association Scholarship over four years for undergraduate students in crop sciences
74%
Undergraduate students in crop sciences who complete at least one summer internship.
20-35
Percentage of undergraduate students who pursue advanced degrees
$43,830
Average starting salary for bachelor’s degree students in crop sciences
2+
Job offers for each undergraduate and graduate student in crop sciences
126
Master’s and Ph.D. students in the Department of Crop Sciences
3
Months it takes after graduation for all graduate students to be placed in jobs
16
Ph.D. students placed in tenure track positions in past 5 years
1240
Average Quantitative and Verbal Score on the GRE
104
Applicants to graduate program in the Department of Crop Sciences in 2010
34
Graduate student fellowships available
25
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.
1878
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.
1948
The year that two USDA plant pathologists, WB Allington and DW Chamberalin, first described the fungus that causes brown stem rot of soybean.
1,850
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.
21
Fellowships available in the Illinois Plant Breeding Center
1,430
New graduates needed by 2020 with a master's degree or Ph.D. in plant breeding