For undergraduate curriculum in entomology, see College
of Agriculture, Curricula.
The undergraduate curriculum in entomology is designed
for persons interested in studying insects, their adaptations, and the practicalities of
dealing with them. Students electing entomology as a major will prepare themselves for
positions in industry, business, government, education, and public health. Graduates may
acquire positions in research, development, and technical sales for agricultural chemical
and seed companies. State and federal agencies employ entomologists as consultants,
extension directors, mosquito abatement agents, inspectors, and research aides.
Entomologists may also find employment with urban or agricultural pest-management or
consulting firms, large private farms and ranches, and horticultural nurseries.
All graduates understand the principles of insect
structure and function. They understand the evolutionary and ecological relationships of
insects with other life forms, and the impact of insects relative to human and animal
health, as well as the relationships between insects and humanity's food, fiber,
structural, and aesthetic needs and expectations. Graduates understand the principles and
methods available to manage beneficial and pest insect populations. They are skilled in
identifying insects and related groups and understand the biology, ecology, behavior,
diversity, and evolutionary relationships of the major groups of insects. They understand
the application of the scientific method in problem solving and the principles of
experimental design and analysis. Graduates are able to communicate research and
educational materials properly and competently - orally, visually, and in writing - and
are able to work effectively with others.
Graduates of the agricultural and horticultural insect
management option are skilled in determining pest levels and impact on plant and animal
hosts, and the management of these pests. They understand the environmental, legal, and
ethical issues involved in insect population management.
Graduates of the community and structural insect
management option are able to combine biological, social, legal, and economic expertise to
manage insects in close association with humans. They are skilled in the applications of
pesticides and other management tactics for protecting human possessions from insect pest
destruction. Moreover, they have an understanding of and have entrepreneurial abilities in
urban and structural pest control enterprises.
Graduates of the insect biology option have achieved an
understanding of the biochemical and physiological processes governing insect metabolism,
growth, and form. They understand the evolutionary and ecological significance of insects.
They also have a broad background in the biological sciences. Assuming good academic
performance, graduates of this option are prepared to enter graduate or professional
Entomology participates in the interdepartmental
undergraduate majors in plant health and protection and in integrated pest management.
The department offers a minor in entomology that may be
earned by completing 370, 374, 376, and 6 credits in courses selected from an approved
list supplied by the department.
A preveterinary program is available in entomology.
The department offers work for the degrees master of
science and doctor of philosophy with a major in entomology or toxicology. Within the
entomology major, the student may concentrate in aquatic entomology, biological control,
chemical ecology, genetics, forest entomology, host plant resistance, medical/veterinary
entomology, morphology, pathology, pest management, physiology, population
ecology/genetics, systematics, or insecticide toxicology.
Graduates have a broad understanding of entomology and
related disciplines, and an in-depth command of their area of concentration. They are able
to communicate effectively with scientific colleagues and the general public in both
formal and informal settings. Graduates are able to address complex problems facing
entomology or toxicology professionals, taking into account related ethical, social,
legal, economic, and environmental issues. They are skilled in research methods, data
analyses, and interpretation of results. They also are skilled in working effectively with
their colleagues, and writing concise and persuasive grant proposals. They have an
understanding of and can critically evaluate current entomological literature.
Prerequisite to the entomology major and to minor
graduate work in the department is completion of at least two years of zoological courses,
for part of which credit in other closely allied biological sciences may be substituted.
Specific course requirements for advanced degrees depend partly upon previous training and
experience in the major field of specialization.
Any student receiving the M.S. in entomology shall have
at least one course in insect physiology, one course in insect systematics, two courses of
Ent 590 (selected from topics A through D, F through I, M and N, inclusive), and at least
1 credit of Ent 600. Any student receiving the Ph.D. in entomology shall have at least one
course in insect physiology, one course in insect systematics, four courses of Ent 590
(selected from topics A through D and F through I, M and N inclusive), and at least 1
credit of Ent 600. In addition, Ph.D. students majoring either in Entomology or Toxicology
shall have two semesters of teaching experience, taken as Ent 590K both semesters or Ent
590K one semester and Ent 590L the other semester.
Entomology participates in the interdepartmental majors
in ecology and evolutionary biology, and genetics, and in the interdepartmental major and
minor in toxicology (see Index).
The Federal Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit
and the North Central Plant Introduction Station are available for advanced study in
certain phases of entomological research.
More information about the department, such as current
research, faculty resumes, physical facilities, and graduate students can be viewed on the
department's world-wide web page.
Courses open for nonmajor graduate credit: 370, 372,
373, 374, 376, 386, 416, 483, 493.
Courses Primarily for Undergraduate Students
Ent 201. Introduction to Insects
Ent 211. Insects and Society
Ent 212. Livestock Entomology
Ent 213. Management of Structural Insect Pests
Ent 214. Ecologically-based Management of
Ent 283. Pesticide Applicator Certification (Same
as Agron 283, For 283, Hort 283, Pl HP 283, P M 283.)
Ent 360. Insect Behavior
(Dual-listed with 560.)
Ent 370. Insect Biology
Ent 371I. Introduction to Insect Ecology (Same as
Ia LL 371I.)
Ent 372. Livestock Entomology
Ent 373. Household and Structural Pest Management
Ent 374. Insects and Our Health (Same as Biol
374, Micro 374.)
Ent 375. Plant Protection Using Natural Enemies
(Dual-listed with 575.)
Ent 376. Fundamentals of Entomology and Pest
Management (Same as P M 376 and Pl HP 376.)
Ent 386. Management of Insect Pests
Ent 416. Forest Pest Management
(Same as Pl P 416, For 416, Pl HP 416, P M 416.)
Ent 425. Aquatic Insects (Dual-listed with 525;
same as A Ecl 425.)
Ent 452. Integrated Management of Diseases and Insect
Pests of Turfgrasses (Dual-listed with 552; same as Pl P 452, Hort 452.)
Ent 478. Global Protozoology - Molecular Biology of
Protozoa (Dual-listed with 578, same as V Pth 478.)
Ent 483. Wood Deterioration and Preservation
(Same as For 483.)
Ent 490. Independent Study
E. Research or work experience.
U. Laboratory teaching experience. For students
registering to be undergraduate laboratory assistants.
Ent 493. Workshop on Insect Management
Ent 511. Integrated Management of Tropical Crops
(Same as Pl P 511.)
Ent 525. Aquatic Insects (Dual-listed with 425;
same as A Ecl 525.)
Ent 530. Ecologically Based Pest Management
Strategies (Same as SusAg 530.)
Ent 550. Pesticides in the Environment (Same as
Ent 552. Integrated Management of Diseases and Insect
Pests of Turfgrasses (Dual-listed with 452; same as Pl P 552, Hort 552.)
Ent 555. Insect Physiology
Ent 560. Insect Behavior (Dual-listed with 360.)
Ent 568. Advanced Systematics (Same as Bot 568.)
Ent 570. Host Plant Resistance to Insects
Ent 573. Advanced Insect Pest Management
Ent 574. Medical Entomology
Ent 575. Plant Protection Using Natural Enemies
(Dual-listed with 375.)
Ent 576. Systematic Entomology
Ent 578. Global Protozoology - Molecular Biology of
Protozoa (Dual-listed with 478, same as V Pth 578.)
Ent 580. Sustainable Agriculture Seminar
(Same as An S 580.)
Ent 590. Special Topics
Cr. 1 to 3 each time taken. Prereq: 15 credits in
zoological sciences, permission of instructor.
A. Biological Control and Pathology.
B. Chemical Ecology and Behavior.
C. Ecology and Pest Management.
D. Evolution and Systematics.
E. Special Research Topics.
F. Medical and Veterinary Entomology.
G. Molecular Entomology.
H. Morphology and Physiology.
I. Toxicology and Biochemistry.
K. Teaching Experience.
L. Extension Internship.
M. Immature Insects.
N. Insect Genetics.
Courses for Graduate Students
Ent 600. Seminar
Ent 671. Insect Ecology
Ent 673. Advanced Plant Protection Using Natural
Ent 675. Insecticide Toxicology (Same as Tox
Ent 699. Research