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Academic Advising Newsletter

April 5, 2021


Seeking CPSC Students for Social Media Spotlight


We're 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.


Summer/Fall 2021 Time Tickets & Registration Period

Time Tickets

Your “Time Ticket” (date/time you can begin registering for your Summer and Fall 2021 classes) is available for you to view in the Student Self-Service today, April 5.

  • Instructions for Viewing your Time Ticket
    • log into the Student Self-Service with your Net ID and password
    • click on Urbana-Champaign campus
    • click on Registration & Records
    • click on Enhanced Registration
    • click on Prepare for Registration
    • select Summer or Fall 2021 from the drop-down menu
    • click Continue
    • your Time Ticket (along with other information) should display (date/time range when you can register)
Registration Period

The Summer and Fall 2021 registration period begins on April 19 and is based on this schedule.


All Juniors (or Seniors who have not yet taken this required course) in the Crop Sciences, Computer Science + Crop Sciences, and Plant Biotechnology majors are REQUIRED to enroll in CPSC 498:  Crop Sciences Professional Development in the Fall semester.

MCB 101 Priority List for Fall 2021

Due to the high demand for MCB 101:  Intro Microbiology Laboratory, MCB is requesting that students who are interested in taking MCB 101 in Fall 2021 fill out this form.  The form will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 12.  Priority will be given to Seniors.  Filling out this form does not guarantee you a seat in MCB 101, but it will increase your chances!  If you do not fill out the form, you will unlikely be able to enroll in MCB 101.

ATTENTION SENIORS: Planning to Graduate in August 2021 or December 2021?

For Seniors planning to graduate in August 2021 or December 2021, you will need to add your name to the pending degree list during the Summer/Fall registration period.  Please follow the steps below:

  • Log into the Student Self-Service, click on the Graduation tab, click on Apply to Graduate, select the term (Summer 2021 or 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


Summer/Fall 2021 Class Schedules, Academic Calendars/Deadlines, and Tuition & Fees


Academic Advising


Due to COVID-19, all academic advising appointments will continue to be held via Zoom or by phone until further notice.  See Scott Bartlett for general academic advising (requirements/degree audits, class scheduling, academic policies, petitions, forms, study abroad, etc.).  To schedule an advising appointment, please go to this link (select “Crop Sciences Advising” from the drop-down menu and select an available time slot).  Please be sure to indicate whether you prefer an appointment via Zoom or by phone.  If you select Zoom, Scott will send you the Zoom link via a calendar invite.  If you select phone, please provide your phone number. 


Major/Concentration Checklists
Bachelor + Master (4+1) Programs

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 bottomof the Undergraduate Academic Adivsing Webpage.  Students without a Faculty Mentor by the Fall term of their Junior year will automatically be assigned one.  Majors 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 ICT Information Session



Are you interested in our new Plant Biotechnology major?  Join us for an ICT Information Session on Thursday, April 8, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm.  Faculty, advising staff, and current Plant Biotech majors will be available to answer your questions.


Students who RSVP will be emailed a Zoom link closer to the date of the event.


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 Sprin 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) during the Summer or Fall semester, 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) during the Summer or Fall semester, 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.



The Department of Crop Sciences is pleased to offer a generous amount of donor-funded scholarships to our majors (minors are not eligible).  The scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

If you wish to apply for a departmental scholarship, please submit the application form located at this link.

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 9, 2021.

(Please Note:  These scholarships are for the 2021-2022 academic year.  If you are graduating in May 2021 or August 2021, you are not eligible).

If you have any questions, please contact Scott Bartlett.


Registered Student Organizations (RSO)


Office of Registered Organizations

ACES Student Clubs

Field and Furrow Agronomy Club


Horticulture Club



Crop Sciences Graduation Celebration for May 2021 Degree Candidates


Dear May 2021 Pending Degree Candidates,

The Department of Crop Sciences cordially invites you to attend a departmental graduation celebration!  We hope you can join us as we celebrate your academic achievements!  All attendees will receive a swag bag and world-famous chocolate chip cookies from Bevier Cafe!  CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2021!

Crop Sciences Graduation Celebration

Thursday, May 6, 2021 (Reading Day)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Illini Grove - Pavilion



  • please RSVP by April 19



  • max event capacity = 50 people
  • RSVP is required (only those appearing on the RSVP roster will be permitted to participate in the event)
  • graduating students must come alone -- additional guests are not permitted
  • students/faculty/staff must show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test result via the Safer Illinois app or boarding pass
  • face coverings are required
  • social distancing of 6 feet apart is required
  • hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available on site


If you have any questions, please email Scott Bartlett.


ACES Convocation & University-Wide Commencement


The May 2021 ACES Convocation will be held virtually via a video released on Illinois Media Space on May 14 at 5:00 pm.  Please check your Illinois email for additional details.  If you have questions, please email ACESGraduation@illinois.edu.


2021 Commencement will include both an in-person individual, private Stage Crossing experience and an online celebration featuring a virtual conferral of degrees.  Please refer to the links below for more details.

If you have any additional questions, please email commencement@illinois.edu.


Student Resources


General Student Resources

COVID-19 Information & Resources

ACES Office of Academic Programs

ACES Honors (James Scholars)

ACES Study Abroad

ACES Career Services

ACES Student Semester Planning Guide

ACES Student Success (Collaborative Learning Center, Workshops, Tutoring, Online Learning)

ACES Embedded Clinical Counselor

Support Systems

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. A. Lane RayburnProfessor & Director of Undergraduate Programs



Scott BartlettAcademic Advisor & Program Manager



Erika Olivares, Undergraduate Recruiter