Ohio State Entomology Ranks Among Top in Nation
Established in 1891, the Department of Entomology at Ohio State University is one of the oldest departments of entomology in the United States and is the only university in Ohio to offer an undergraduate Major and Minor in Entomology. Our academic program couples a strong background in the biological sciences with in-depth study of insect biology and applied entomology. Our department provides individual attention from our faculty in classroom instruction, academic advising, internships, research mentoring, and career building.
Entomology students learn insect physiology, behavior, ecology, taxonomy and systematics, toxicology, as well as beekeeping, veterinary and public health entomology, sustainable agriculture, and integrated pest management in agricultural, forest, and urban environments. There are opportunities for students to specialize in these areas and many opportunities for laboratory and field research experiences and internships in pest management, pollinator conservation, and mosquito population control.
Many of our students volunteer or are paid employees of the OSU Insectary which houses over 100 species of arthropods and affords our students opportunities to develop animal husbandry skills and spread their knowledge of entomology at outreach events and classroom visits.
The student run undergraduate entomology club, Chrysalis, attracts students from across the university for collecting trips, lessons on beekeeping, and tours of the OSU Insectary, among many other activities.
The Entomology Major requires completion of the general chemistry sequence, math through calculus, and the general biology sequence. Core courses in ecology, genetics, general entomology, and economic entomology are required. Many of the required courses have a laboratory component.
Pursuing Entomology at Ohio State
Students interested in majoring in entomology should have a high school background in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and skills in written and verbal communication. Students with such a background will find it easier to complete the college-level courses in mathematics and the physical and biological sciences required for the entomology major.
All Ohio State freshman applicants are considered within a competitive admission process for the Columbus campus. The primary criteria for admission are the completion of the applicant’s high school college preparatory program, performance in that program as indicated by class rank and/or grade-point average, and performance on either the ACT or SAT.
Upon admission to the university, students interested in entomology should contact the coordinating advisor of the Entomology Department. The coordinating advisor will explain the requirements for an entomology major and will discuss student career plans and goals. A member of the entomology faculty will be assigned as the student’s major advisor. The student will meet with the advisor to develop a major program based on the student’s long-term interests.