Crop Sciences: Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Crop Sciences, Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Concentration


department website: https://cropsciences.illinois.edu/

department faculty: https://cropsciences.illinois.edu/people/faculty/


overview of college admissions & requirements: Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences

college website: https://aces.illinois.edu/


This program will no longer accept applications: Spring 2022

Please see our new major: Plant Biotechnology, BS


The plant biotechnology and molecular biology concentration provides a curriculum that prepares students for careers in biotechnology or for entrance into graduate or professional school. The basic sciences are emphasized, including a strong foundation in biology and genetics. Students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate independent study in a molecular biology laboratory. For those who wish to pursue graduate work later, adequate preparation may be obtained by suitable choices of electives within the framework of this concentration.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Crop Sciences, Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Concentration


The plant biotechnology and molecular biology concentration provides a curriculum that prepares students for careers in biotechnology or for entrance into graduate or professional school. The basic sciences are emphasized, including a strong foundation in biology and genetics. Students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate independent study in a molecular biology laboratory. For those who wish to pursue graduate work later, adequate preparation may be obtained by suitable choices of electives within the framework of this concentration.

Prescribed Courses including Campus General Education

Composition I and Speech
RHET 105Writing and Research4
or equivalent - see College Composition I requirement (3 or 4)
CMN 101Public Speaking3
Advanced Composition
Select from campus approved list.3-4
Cultural Studies
Select one course from Western culture, one from non-Western culture, and one from U.S. minority culture from campus approved lists.9
Foreign Language
Coursework at or above the third level is required for graduation.
Quantitative Reasoning I
Select one of the following:4-5
Calculus
Calculus I
Calculus for Business I
Quantitative Reasoning II
CPSC 241Intro to Applied Statistics3
Natural Sciences and Technology
See Specific Concentration Requirements
Humanities and the Arts
Select from campus approved list6
Social and Behavioral Sciences
ACE 100Introduction to Applied Microeconomics 13-4
or ECON 102 Microeconomic Principles
Select from campus approved list.3-4
ACES required
ACES 101Contemporary Issues in ACES2
Required Concentration58-79
Concentration prescribed courses. See specific concentration requirements.
Total Hours126

Prescribed Courses including Campus General Education

Composition I and Speech
RHET 105Writing and Research4
or equivalent - see College Composition I requirement (3 or 4)
CMN 101Public Speaking3
Advanced Composition
Select from campus approved list.3-4
Cultural Studies
Select one course from Western culture, one from non-Western culture, and one from U.S. minority culture from campus approved lists.9
Foreign Language
Coursework at or above the third level is required for graduation.
Quantitative Reasoning I
Select one of the following:4-5
Calculus
Calculus I
Calculus for Business I
Quantitative Reasoning II
CPSC 241Intro to Applied Statistics3
Natural Sciences and Technology
See Specific Concentration Requirements
Humanities and the Arts
Select from campus approved list6
Social and Behavioral Sciences
ACE 100Introduction to Applied Microeconomics 13-4
or ECON 102 Microeconomic Principles
Select from campus approved list.3-4
ACES required
ACES 101Contemporary Issues in ACES2
Required Concentration58-79
Concentration prescribed courses. See specific concentration requirements.
Total Hours126
Natural Sciences and Technology
CHEM 102
CHEM 103
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
4
CHEM 104
CHEM 105
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II
4
IB 150Organismal & Evolutionary Biol4
Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Concentration Required
CHEM 232Elementary Organic Chemistry I3 or 4
CHEM 233Elementary Organic Chem Lab I2
CPSC 112Introduction to Crop Sciences4
CPSC 261Biotechnology in Agriculture3
CPSC 265Genetic Engineering Lab3
CPSC 352Plant Genetics4
CPSC 484Plant Physiology3
CPSC 498Crop Sci Professional Develpmt1
MCB 450Introductory Biochemistry3
Select two of the following:6
CPSC 226
Applied Entomology
PLPA 204
Select two of the following:6-8
Crop Growth and Management
Advanced Plant Genetics
Principles of Plant Breeding
Genomics for Plant Improvement
Horticultural Physiology
Plant Nutrition
HORT 466
Select one of the following:3-4
Intro to Animal Sciences
The Science of Food and How it Relates to You
Introduction to Horticulture
Introduction to NRES
Technical Systems in Agr
Three courses/groups selected from:10-15
Introduction to Plant Biology
Animal Biology
Introductory Microbiology
and Intro Microbiology Laboratory
Molec & Cellular Basis of Life
and Molec & Cellular Laboratory
Total ACES prescribed and elective courses must total 35 hours, of which 20 must be completed in residence.35