Do you want to help solve the most critical challenges of our time? Ready to feed and fuel the world, protect the environment, and promote healthy families and children? Crave the kind of work that really matters? ACES is the right place for you.
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The College of ACES offers 14 majors with dozens of concentrations to fit what you're looking for.
Students work with advisors to explore various majors in the College of ACES to help determine their career path and major.
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ABE students combine fundamental engineering skills with training in the design and analysis of complex systems for food, agriculture, energy, and the environment.
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ACE students go beyond the basics of business, economics, and policy to solve challenges in food, agriculture, consumer protection, energy, and the environment.
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ALEC students study how people work together and lead their peers, learn from and educate others, and communicate issues related to food, agriculture, and the environment.
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Our Agronomy major allows you to address urgent food security and environmental sustainability challenges by integrating the latest scientific innovations with the practice of crop production.
ANSC students create and practice innovative ways to improve the efficiency of food animal production, enhance the well-being of animals we keep, and further global animal conservation efforts.
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New! CS+ANSC students combine a strong grounding in computer science with technical knowledge of animal sciences to work with sensor technology, large data sets, and predictive analytics to improve the health and well-being of production animals and pets.
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CPSC students learn to feed and fuel the world through innovations in agronomy, biotechnology, data science, environmental science, and horticultural food systems.
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CS+CPSC students combine disciplines to revolutionize plant production systems using digital technology.
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ETMAS students apply engineering principles, study the technology used in these systems, and integrate business-management concepts in the food, feed, agricultural, environmental, energy and construction industries.
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FSHN students optimize health and wellness through the development and delivery of safe, nutritious, accessible, and affordable foods.
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HDFS students help people by improving family dynamics, addressing childhood adversity, and promoting healthy relationships.
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NRES students shape a more sustainable future locally and around the globe by studying the intersections among natural resources, human-managed ecosystems, and the social sciences.
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Plant Biotechnology students can help sustainably feed billions, 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.
Learn more about the new Plant Biotechnology major
We have so much to share about ACES majors and the great careers that follow. Request a digital copy of the ACES Viewbook today.
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Our 4-year graduation rate is 75%. We are No. 1 among universities with comparable programs when it comes to the amount of time it takes our students to graduate+.
+US News & World Report 2018. National average for public universities is 33% according to U.S. Department of Education.
On average, our highly sought-after graduates earn 21% more than their peers at most universities with comparable programs over a 20-year period. They earn more than double what their peers from other Illinois universities with similar programs earn during that same period++.
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