CS + Crop Sciences

Computer Science + Crop Sciences, BS
for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Computer Science + Crop Sciences

The first degree of its kind, the CS + Crop Sciences major prepares students to pursue careers in agriculture with an emphasis on technology.  More than ever, agriculture relies on technologies such as GIS-based data gathering, drone-enabled soil and field analysis, the study of weather and climate, and molecular genetics, which all generate vast amounts of data.  Learn about computational modeling and data collection, analysis, and management, to advance agricultural practices.

The CS + Crop Sciences blended bachelor's degree is a partnership between the Department of Computer Science in The Grainger College of Engineering and the Department of Crop Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. As part of the computing community at Illinois, you will benefit from being part of a top-five-ranked Computer Science program with world-class faculty and research. Learn more about the Department's Rankings and Statistics.

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Curriculum Map

The curriculum sequence mapped below is a sample sequence. Students will work with a department academic advisor to achieve educational goals specific to their needs and preparation.

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Computer Science + Crop Sciences Curriculum Map
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  1. This optional course is highly recommended for freshmen, who may use it to help meet free elective requirements.
  2. MATH 220 may be substituted. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus.
  3. RHET 105 and CMN 101 (or an alternative Composition I sequence) should be taken in the first year, according to the student's UIN (Take RHET 105 in the Spring and CMN 101 in the Fall if UIN is Odd). Composition I guidelines can be found in the catalog.
  4. MATH 225 may be substituted.
  5. ACE 100 may be substituted.
  6. CS 340 and two (2) CS technical electives (400 level CS courses) can be use to substiute the CS 233 and CS 341 requirements. The 2 technical electives must be distinct from courses used to satisfy other major requirements and can replace Free Electives.
  7. MATH 225MATH 415, or MATH 416 may be substituted.
  8. STAT 200 or STAT 212 may be substituted.
  9. General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.
  10. Additional coursework, subject to College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, so that there are at least 126 credit hours earned toward the degree.
  11. CS 357 may be substituted.

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