The Entomology major couples a strong foundation in the biological sciences with in-depth study of insect biology and applied 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. Faculty are world class scientists engaged in cutting edge research who also teach entomology courses, and smaller class sizes enable them to provide individual attention to students. Students who study entomology join an exciting discipline with top-level scientist/teachers and actively engaged students.
Majors in entomology enjoy a high degree of flexibility in shaping their program, choosing one of four tracks:
- Sustainable insect management
- Insects in Human and Veterinary Medicine
- Insect Ecology and Conservation
- Individualized Insect Studies
Core requirements include general entomology and/or a current topics and capstone course. Many of the courses feature a hands-on laboratory component. The major tracks are not mutually exclusive, and students meet with their advisor to select required electives from a wide array of basic and applied entomology courses to tailor their programs to their interests and goals. To broaden their horizons, all entomology students select a minor (12 credits) in another subject area. An internship is also required.
We also offer a Plant Health Management major, an interdisciplinary effort between the Departments of Entomology and Plant Pathology.