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FALL 2021

Academic Advising Newsletter

August 19, 2021


Message from the Department Head


Dear Crop Sciences Students,

I am delighted to welcome you back to the University of Illinois campus! I have missed seeing your faces, hearing your voices and have missed the energy and vitality that you bring with you. As some of you return to familiar spots and others are seeing this beautiful campus for the first time, I’d like to ask you to pause for a moment of reflection.

We are living in an extraordinary time, one which highlights how individual actions combine in ways that create societal and global impacts. Springtime vaccination campaigns gave us a brief respite of normalcy, sharing special occasions and hugs with friends and family, enjoying the simple pleasure of impromptu conversations in the hall. Now, as indoor masking returns with the rapid spread of the delta variant, it’s up to all of us to act in ways that protect each other’s physical and mental health. Following campus public health guidelines is an important way that you can contribute, but I would ask that you consider going a step further by taking some time each day to connect with others around you, making sure that they know you care. Find an outdoor spot to chat or walk. Send a kind note. Pay attention to how others are doing, and let them know you’re there to help if they need it.

Summer 2021 was also indelibly marked by the harbingers of global change. We all saw the images of wildfires, extreme heat events, droughts, and floods in unexpected places. These changes are disturbing, but I want to stress the importance of viewing them as an opportunity to engage, not cause for despair and paralysis. The 6th report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was sobering, but also a reminder that we have the power to shape our future.

As Crop Sciences students, you are well-positioned to have an outsized impact in this regard. With over 50% of earth’s habitable land area managed in plant and animal agriculture, this represents one of the largest management levers that we have at our disposal to shape a better future. Please know that what you are learning, and what you do with it, matters. Be proud to be a student of plant and soil science in a department with a proud history of agricultural innovation to meet the challenges of the moment. Our world needs what you do more than ever.

Finally, please also know that we are here to help. Never hesitate to ask your professor, your faculty mentor, or your academic advisor (Scott) if we can be of any assistance. We are all in this together, and we want each and every one of you to succeed!

I wish you a productive and healthy academic year!


With gratitude,


Adam Davis

Professor & Department Head


Message from the Director of Undergraduate Programs


Dear Crop Sciences Students,

Let me introduce myself. My name is Kris Lambert and I am the new Director of Undergraduate Programs. As Dr. Adam Davis has mentioned above, you are in a great department and have an opportunity to learn and think about a wide range of crop sciences topics. I would encourage all of you to take a broad view of your education and realize you can go in many interesting directions with a crop sciences degree. To that end, myself and the rest of the faculty mentors are here to help and would be happy to discuss any crop sciences topics. Please feel free to contact Scott Bartlett for general academic advising and our faculty mentors for more subject specific conversations. Welcome back to campus and I hope you have a great year.


Best wishes,


Kris Lambert

Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Programs


Seeking CPSC Students for Social Media Spotlight!


We are looking to highlight Crop Sciences students on our social media pages! Have you participated in a student internship, or are you currently working in a faculty research lab, and are you willing to share a picture and a short blurb about your experience? If so, please contact our Undergraduate Recruiter, Erika Olivares, at emoliva@illinois.edu.


Fall 2021 Class Schedule, Academic Calendar/Deadlines, and Tuition & Fees


Classes begin on August 23, 2021!


Academic Advising


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, academic advising appointments will be held in a hybrid model.  Appointments will be held via Zoom or by phone on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.  In-person appointments will be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  See Scott Bartlett for general academic advising (requirements/degree audits, class scheduling, academic policies, petitions, forms, study abroad, etc.).  To schedule an advising appointment with Scott, please go to this link (select “Crop Sciences Advising” from the drop-down menu and select an available time slot).  For in-person appointments, Scott's office is located in AE-116 Turner Hall. 



Major/Concentration Checklists

Bachelor + Master (4+1) Programs

This five-year joint program combines a BS in Crop Sciences or CS+CPSC with a non-thesis MS in Crop Sciences.  Current undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Crop Sciences who have completed between 60 and 96 credit hours and maintain superior academic performance are eligible to apply for this program. Students admitted to the program will receive both degrees once all requirements for the BS-MS program are completed. Please click here for more information.

Minor Checklists


Faculty Mentors


Faculty Mentors are an excellent resource for research, internship, graduate school, and career advising.  Crop Sciences majors may choose their Faculty Mentor from the list located at the bottom of the Undergraduate Academic Adivsing Webpage.  Students without a Faculty Mentor by the Fall term of their Junior year will automatically be assigned one.  Students wishing to choose their Faculty Mentor or desiring to change their mentor preference must email that information to their Academic Advisor, Scott Bartlett.

  • Please Note:  The number of mentees per Faculty Mentor is capped, so it may not be possible to get your first choice.
  • To schedule an appointment with a Faculty Mentor, please contact them directly via email.

Plant Biotechnology Major



The Department of Crop Sciences introduced the Plant Biotechnology major in Spring 2021.  This new major will replace the Plant Biotechnology & Molecular Biology concentration (which will be phased out in Spring 2022).  


With a Plant Biotechnology degree, you can help feed billions sustainably, improve our planet’s health, and make a direct impact on agriculture and the world. Advance plant breeding and plant improvement by learning critical skills in molecular biology, genetics, and genomics.

Plant Biotechnology is a part of our daily lives in applications such as developing nutritionally enhanced foods, enabling sustainable agricultural production, and engineering plants for industrial and medical purposes.

The Plant Biotechnology major provides an interdisciplinary curriculum integrating the science and practice of crop production through courses in molecular biology, genetics and genomics, biochemistry, plant protection, data analysis, and more.

Endless Opportunities
From hands-on research with world-renowned faculty to internships at exciting startup companies, Plant Biotechnology students build skills inside and outside the classroom. You’ll be at the forefront of research and innovation, revolutionizing agriculture every step of the way.

If you are interested in transferring into this new major, please schedule an advising appointment or email Scott Bartlett.


Intercollegiate Transfer (ICT)

  • If you wish to change your concentration within the Crop Sciences major, please schedule an advising appointment or email Scott Bartlett.
  • If you wish to change your major, you must meet the declaration criteria for the major found here.  You will also want to schedule an appointment with the academic advisor in that department to discuss the major requirements.
    • Please Note:  Freshmen must remain in the college (ACES) to which they were admitted to for one academic year.
  • ACES ICT Webpage
    • Processing Periods:
      • Effective Fall 2021:  All applications must be submitted by Friday, September 3, 2021 at 12:00 pm (noon).
      • Effective Spring 2022:  All applications must be submitted by Friday, January 28, 2022 at 12:00 pm (noon).

Research & Internships


For those of you wishing to earn credit for a Research project (CPSC/HORT/PLPA 395), please fill out this form.  Forms must be filled out PRIOR to your research experience.

For those of you wishing to earn credit for an Internship (CPSC/HORT 393), please fill out this form.  Forms must be filled out PRIOR to your internship experience.

  • Students are allowed to get both paid and earn credit for resarch and internships.
  • Independent Study courses (research, internships) are limited to 12 hours total applying to a degree in ACES.
  • Please refer to the Research & Internships Webpage for more detailed information and requirements.

Computer Lab


The Department of Crop Sciences has a Computer Lab available for students to use on the second floor of Turner Hall (room M-205).


  • Monday:  9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Tuesday:  9:00 am-11:00 am & 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday:  9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Thursday:  9:00 am-11:00 am & 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
  • Friday:  9:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Saturday/Sunday:  Closed
  • Campus Holidays/Breaks:  Closed

*Hours may vary due to classes and special events needing to use the Computer Lab.

No food or drinks are allowed in the Computer Lab.

If you have any questions about the Computer Lab, please contact our IT Team at ds-ccsg@illinois.edu.


Registered Student Organizations (RSO)


Student Engagement

ACES Student Clubs

Field and Furrow Agronomy Club

The purpose of the Field and Furrow Agronomy Club is to inform and expose its members to every aspect of agriculture, and supply them with the leadership skills needed to be a success. The club is not limited to any certain major, yet it strives and wants to gather and incorporate students of other majors to become a well rounded and diversified agricultural club. The club is open to any person of any major who would like to broaden or enhance their knowledge of agriculture. The club welcomes any interested students to come to a meeting anytime and see what the club is about.

Horticulture Club

Horticulture Club was created to provide all students and staff a place to learn more about plants and develop horticultural knowledge in a supportive community. We hope to leave a positive impact on all members and to strengthen their bond with nature. 


vermiCUlture is an environmental organization focused on addressing climate change issues related to food waste management. After winning the World YMCA Climate Action Summit in 2020, this group of YMCA UIUC students founded vermiCUlture. Since 2021, they have been providing free vermicomposting kits to students, faculty, staff, and community members in Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy, Illinois to vermicompost at home, and education materials on FacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn.


Attention Seniors - Graduation Information


For Seniors planning to graduate in December 2021, you will need to add your name to the pending degree list by the 10th day of classes (September 3, 2021).  Please follow the steps below:

  • Log into the Student Self-Service, click on the Graduation tab, click on Apply to Graduate, select the term (Fall 2021), click submit and it should display your major/degree.  Please proof that everything is correct.  If there are any errors with your major/degree listing, please contact Scott Bartlett.  If there are any errors with your personal information (name on diploma, etc.), please contact the Office of the Registrar.


Graduation Information


ACES Convocation



University-Wide Commencement Website


Student Resources


COVID-19 Information & Resources

General Student Resources

ACES Office of Academic Programs

ACES Honors (James Scholars)

ACES Study Abroad

ACES Career Services

ACES Student Semester Planning Guide

ACES Student Success (Workshops, Tutoring and Study Resources, Online Learning)

ACES Embedded Clinical Counselor

Support Systems

Student Success Toolkit (DGS)

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)

Illinois Remote - Keep Learning

ALEKS PPL Mathematics Placement Exam

IB Proficiency Exams

MCB Proficiency Exams

Campus Map


Undergraduate Programs Team



Dr. Kris Lambert, Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Programs



Scott BartlettAcademic Advisor & Program Manager



Erika Olivares, Undergraduate Recruiter