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Requirements for a Major in Entomology

The entomology curriculum provides students with a basic background in biological and natural sciences with a special emphasis on the study of insects. Majors may pursue graduate studies in entomology or related sciences upon completion of the B. S. degree. Alternatively, students may immediately begin careers in various aspects of basic or applied insect biology including integrated pest management, insect pathology, environmental assessment, medical or veterinary entomology, insect toxicology, apiculture, insect systematics or insect ecology. Because of the diversity of career options, the major includes flexibility among the core requirements and electives that can be selected by students in consultation with their advisors.

General Requirements

General Requirements for CALS (see Graduation Requirements for Bachelor of Science) Basic Science and Math Requirements

Physical Sciences

  • One year of college mathematics (may substitute statistics or biometry)
  • One semester of physics (may need two depending on future plans)
  • CHEM 2070 and CHEM 2080 General Chemistry I&II (or)
    • CHEM 2150 and CHEM 2160 Honors General and Inorganic Chemistry (for students with AP credit in chemistry)
  • CHEM 1570 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry (or) 
    • CHEM 3570 and CHEM 3580 Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences (for students planning on medical school)

Introductory Life Science

  • BIOG 1500 Investigative Biology Laboratory
  • BIOMG 2800/2801 Genetics and Genomics (Lab)
  • BIOEE 1780 Evolutionary Biology and Diversity
  • BIOG 1610 Ecology and the Environment (or)
    • ENTOM 4550 Insect Ecology

Choose two of the following three courses: (Choice depends on student interest in organismal vs. cellular/molecular aspects of biology)

  • BIOMG 3300, 3310, 3320, 3330 (or) 3350 Principles of Biochemistry
  • BIOMG 1350 Principles of Cell and Developmental Biology
  • BIOG 1440 Introduction to Comparative Physiology (or) ENTOM 4830 Insect Physiology

Entomology Requirements (15-21 credits)

  • ENTOM 2120 Insect Biology - 4 cr

Group A (core courses)

Choose two of the following six courses. If ENTOM 4550 or ENTOM 4830 have been used to satisfy the core requirements above, they will not satisfy the Group A requirements.

  • ENTOM 3310/3311 Insect Diversity and Evolution (Lab) - 4 cr
  • ENTOM 3330 Maggots, Grubs and Cutworms: Larval Insect Biology - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 3410 Applied Entomology - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 3520/3521 Medical and Veterinary Entomology (Lab) - 4 cr
  • ENTOM 4440 Integrated Pest Management - 4 cr
  • ENTOM 4500/4501 Comparative Immunology-Innate Immunity In Action (Lab) - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 4550 Insect Ecology - 4 cr
  • ENTOM 4830 Insect Physiology - 4 cr

Group B (advanced electives)

  • ENTOM 3030 Applied Statistics:  Biological Experiments in Practice - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 3070 Pesticides, the Environment and Human Health - 2 cr
  • ENTOM 3150 Spider Biology - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 3200 Grape Pest Management - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 3250 Insect Behavior - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 3350 Naturalist Outreach Practicum - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 3440 Insect Conservation Biology - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 3630 Bugs in Bugs - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 3690 Chemical Ecology - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 4610 - Model-Based Phylogenetics and Hypothesis Testing - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 4700 Ecological Genetics - 4 cr
  • ENTOM 4900 Toxicology of Insecticides - 3 cr

Two additional entomology courses from Groups A or B

 

For a complete list of Entomology courses please visit our Courses of Study page.

Assessment Plan