Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Insect Science
|College:||Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources|
|Degree Offered:||Bachelor of Science in Insect Science|
|Minimum Cumulative GPA:||2.0 for graduation|
COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
MAJOR: Insect Science
DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Insect Science
HOURS REQUIRED: 120
MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation
MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes
ADVISOR: Tom Weissling
Coordinator: Tom Weissling, 214 Entomology Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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
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
Communications and Interpersonal Skills (ACE 2)3
CASNR Approved Life Sciences (ACE 4)4
CHEM 109 General Chemistry I4
Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences15
Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 9.
Total Major Requirements57
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.
ENTO 401 Insect Physiology3
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)
AGRI 115 Biotechnology: Food, Health, & Environment3
NRES 211 Introduction to Conservation Biology3
Total Option Requirements42-44
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.
ENTO 401 Insect Physiology3
Select from any ENTO course beyond those meeting other major requirements.
AGRI 115 Biotechnology: Food, Health & Environment 3
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.
CHEM 110 General Chemistry II4
CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry I3
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)
REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT
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.