Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Insect Science

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College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Insect Science
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Tom Weissling
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Insect Science

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Insect Science

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Insect Science


MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation


ADVISOR: Tom Weissling


Coordinator: Tom Weissling, 214 Entomology Hall,


The field of insect science encompasses the agricultural, biological, and environmental sciences related to insects and their interactions with humans. Insects and their relatives are the most abundant animals on earth, are commonly found in all habitats, and are essential in maintaining our ecosystem. Insect Science offers numerous career opportunities in both basic and applied fields.

The core curriculum provides students with a balanced education focusing on insect identification, biology, structure and function, behavior, ecology, and diversity, as well as courses in mathematics, science, and the humanities. In addition to the core, there are two options from which students can select an area of focus which meets their own interest and career objectives.


Core Requirements

The following basic courses are required for majors in insect science. In addition, students must select and meet the requirements of one of the options, depending on their own individual interests and career objectives.

The minimum requirements of CASNR reflect the common core of courses that apply to students pursuing degrees in the college. Students should work with an advisor to satisfy ACE outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 10 with the college requirements.

College Integrative Course6

SCIL 101 Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3

ENTO 485 Current Issues in Entomology (ACE 10)3

Departmental Requirements8

ENTO 115 Insect Biology (BIOS 115)3

ENTO 116 Insect Identification (BIOS 116)1

ENTO 400 Biology & Classification of Insects4

Experiential Learning for Career Development in Insect Science5

Select from the following four categories: Maximum of 3 hours from any one category.

ENTO 309 Career Experience

ENTO 395A Research Experience (Arranged through advisor)

ENTO 395B Teaching Experience (Arranged through advisor)

ENTO 395E Extension Experience (Arranged through advisor)

Mathematics and Statistics (beyond college algebra) (ACE 3)5

Select from: MATH 102, MATH 103, MATH 104, MATH 106, or STAT 218

NOTE: Proficiency at the college algebra level must be demonstrated either by a placement exam or through course work. If MATH 103 is taken, only 2 cr hrs can be counted toward this requirement.


Written Communication (ACE 1)3

Select from: ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254; JGEN 120, JGEN 200

Communications and Interpersonal Skills (ACE 2)3

Select from: ALEC 102; COMM 109, COMM 209, COMM 286, JGEN 300

Natural Sciences12

CASNR Approved Life Sciences (ACE 4)4

Select from: BIOS 101 & BIOS 101L or LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L

CHEM 109 General Chemistry I4

BIOS 206 General Genetics or AGRO 315 Genetics4

Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences15

ECON 211 or ECON 212 or AECN 141 (ACE 6)3

ACE Courses12

Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 9.

Total Major Requirements57

Option Requirements42-44

Free Electives19-21

Total Minimum Requirements for Graduation120

IPM and Pest Science Option

The IPM and Pest Science Option is designed for students considering careers in agriculture, agribusiness, consulting (agricultural, environmental, public health, urban), extension, state and federal government agencies (e.g., APHIS, EPA, USDA, and state departments of agriculture), horticulture, the military, food processing, and pest control. Examples of areas of focus include agronomic and horticultural pests, or urban pests. This option is also suitable as preparation for graduate studies leading to academic or research careers in applied entomology.

Departmental Courses19-21

ENTO 300 Toxins in the Environment (BIOS 300/NRES 300)3

ENTO 401 Insect Physiology3

ENTO 406 Insect Ecology (BIOS 406)3

ENTO 412 Entomology & Pest Management3

Select three of the following courses:8-9

ENTO 109 Beekeeping (2 cr)

ENTO 403 Management of Horticultural Crop Insects (3 cr)

ENTO 308 Management of Field Crop Insects (3 cr)

ENTO 409 Insect Control by Host-Plant Resistance (3 cr)

ENTO 415 Medical Entomology (3 cr)

Other Courses23

AGRI 115 Biotechnology: Food, Health, & Environment3

AGRO 153 Soil Resources (HORT 153/SOIL 153)4

AGRO 426 Invasive Plants (HORT 426/NRES 426)3

NRES 211 Introduction to Conservation Biology3

NRES 220 & NRES 222 Principles of Ecology & Lab (BIOS 220 & BIOS 222)4

PLPT 270 Biological Invaders (AGRO 270/HORT 270/NRES 270)3

PLPT 369 Introductory Plant Pathology (BIOS 369)3

Total Option Requirements42-44

Science Option

The Insect Science Option is designed for students interested in careers focusing on the basic biology of insects and other arthropods. This option is suitable for students considering any career involving entomology (e.g., academia, research, medicine, forensics, environmental quality, conservation biology, or health-related fields), but is especially appropriate preparation for entry into professional programs such as veterinary and medical schools and with many graduate school disciplines. Students pursuing this option must choose LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L and BIOS 206 in meeting the entomology degree requirements in life sciences. Completion of the Insect Science Option will also fulfill requirements for a minor in biological sciences.

Departmental Courses12

ENTO 401 Insect Physiology3

ENTO 406 Insect Ecology (BIOS 406)3

Entomology Elective6

Select from any ENTO course beyond those meeting other major requirements.

Other Courses30-31

AGRI 115 Biotechnology: Food, Health & Environment 3

LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L Fundamentals of Biology II & Lab4

BIOS 205 Genetics, Molecular & Cellular Biology Lab2

BIOS 207 Ecology & Evolution4

Biological Sciences Electives2

Select from any BIOS/LIFE course beyond those meeting other major requirements.

BIOC 321 & BIOC 321L Elements of Biochemistry & Lab4

CHEM 110 General Chemistry II4

CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry I3

PHYS 141 Elementary General Physics I (5 cr) or PHYS 151 Elements of Physics (4 cr)4-5

Total Option Requirements42-43

Students interested in graduate or professional schools in biology, medicine, or veterinary science should take:

MATH 106 Calculus I (5 cr)

An additional PHYS course and lab (5 cr)


Insect Science Minor

A minor in insect science will consist of at least 18 credit hours of entomology including at least 6 hours at the 300 level or above. BIOS 381 Invertebrate Zoology, and up to 3 hours of ENTO 496 Independent Study in Entomology, may be counted towards the minor requirements. The course of study leading to a minor in insect science must be developed in consultation with, and be approved by, an advisor in the Department of Entomology. Advisors for the minor are assigned by the Head of the Department of Entomology.