Crop Sciences: Horticultural Food Systems, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Crop Science, Horticultural Food Systems 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 concentration provides students with a strong foundation in plant sciences along with specialized knowledge in horticultural fruit and vegetable crop systems at urban, local, and commercial scales. Graduates from this program are prepared for careers as crop consultants, crop protection and production specialists; entrepreneurs in urban and local food systems; greenhouse or farm managers; and as community gardening and horticultural educators. This concentration will also prepare students for graduate studies leading to careers in research, extension, and education. A minimum of 126 total hours is required.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Crop Science, Horticultural Food Systems 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 100Agr Cons and Resource Econ 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

Concentration Requirements

Natural Science and Technology Required15-16
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II
Elementary Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chem of Biol Processes
Introduction to Plant Biology
Concentration Required Core Courses:28
Research in Crop Sciences
Introduction to Weed Science
Applied Entomology
Crop Sci Professional Develpmt
Introduction to Horticulture
Plant Propagation
Vegetable Crop Production
Small Fruit Production
Tree Fruit Production
Introductory Soils
Introductory Plant Pathology
Select 7 or 8 hours from the following specialized courses:7-8
Plant Genetics
Greenhouse Mgmt and Production
Plant Nutrition
Plant Physiology
Plant Physiology
Soil Nutrient Cycling
Soil Fertility and Fertilizers
Select 15 hours from the following focus area electives:15
Food and Agribusiness Mgt
Biotechnology in Agriculture
Plants and Global Change
Principles of Agroecology
Medicinal Plants and Herbology
Local Food Networks
Undergraduate Seminar
Woody Landscape Plants
Greenhouse Mgmt and Production 1
Planting for Biodiversity and Aesthetics
Postharvest Handling Hort Crop
Horticultural Physiology 1
Designing Urban Agriculture
Urban Food Production
Plant Nutrition 1
Horticultural Plant Breeding
Permaculture & Agroforestry
Humanity in the Food Web
Total ACES prescribed and elective hours must total 35 hours, of which 20 must be completed in residence.
Total Required Concentration Hours:50-51