M.S. and Ph.D. Program Requirements

 

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree: Students studying for the Master of Science degree with a limited undergraduate background in entomology may be expected to complete more than the minimum number of credit hours (30) required for the degree. In addition, each student is required to present a seminar on his/her thesis research plans during the first year of the degree program, a thesis reporting original research, and an exit seminar followed by a final comprehensive oral examination is required.

View the complete list of the department master's degree requirements.

View the complete list of the Graduate School master's degree requirements.


  • 24 graduate level credit hours 
    • ENTO 3013. Introduction to Entomology (Fa). 3 Hours.

Fundamentals of insect biology including structure and function, development, ecology, behavior, plant feeding and disease transmission. Lecture 3 hours/week. 

    • ENTO 4024. Insect Diversity and Taxonomy (Even years, Fa). 4 Hours.

Principles and practices of insect classification and identification with emphasis on adult insects. Corequisite: Lab component. 

    • ENTO 4053. Insect Ecology (Even years, Fa). 3 Hours.

To develop an understanding of important ecological concepts through study of dynamic relationships among insects and their environment. To become familiar with the literature of insect ecology, and interpretation and critique of ecological research. Previous knowledge of basic entomology and/or ecology will be assumed. Corequisite: Lab component.

    • ENTO 4123. Insect Pest Management (Odd years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Study of principles and concept of insect pest management. Areas covered include a survey of arthropod pests and damage, population dynamics, damage thresholds, physiological units, prediction models, surveillance, arthropod sampling, strategies and tactics utilized to maintain pest populations below economic injury levels. 

    • ENTO 6113. Insect Physiology and Molecular Biology (Even years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Overview of insect physiology and modern molecular techniques to study physiological processes. Previous knowledge of basic entomology is helpful, but not required. Two lectures per week (1 hour 20 minutes each).

    • A graduate level statistics course. 3 hours.
    • Electives approved by the Advisory Committee. 5 hours. 
And, the following:
  • ENTO 600V. Master's Thesis (Sp, Su, Fa). 6 hours.
  • ENTO 6071. Seminar (Sp, Fa). 2 hours.

Fall: special topics not covered in regular course work. Spring: a critical review of research papers in entomology. The seminar will be taken by graduate student majors for both semesters. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit. Seminar hours may be taken in Entomology (ENTO 6071) or, with Department Head approval, as a formal for-credit seminar offered in another department within the university. 


Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree: A major requirement for the Ph.D. degree is a dissertation based on original research in an area of entomology. In addition, each student is required to present a seminar on his/her dissertation research plans during the first year of the degree program. Written and oral candidacy examinations covering the student’s program of study are required. And, an exit seminar on the dissertation research followed by a final oral examination over coursework and in defense of the dissertation is required.

View the complete list of the department doctoral degree requirements.

View the complete list of the Graduate School doctoral degree requirements. 


Please see the M.S. course requirements for the courses (or equivalents) that Ph.D. candidates are expected to have completed. Students progressing directly from the B.S. to the Ph.D. degree may require additional coursework as defined by the Advisory Committee.

    • 30 hours of graduate level coursework as outlined by the Advisory Committee.
      • Entomology core courses. 13 hours.
      • Electives in supporting courses. 14 hours.
      • A Graduate Course in Statistics (one graduate-level course beyond that required for the M.S. degree.) 3 hours.

  • ENTO 6071. Seminar (Sp, Fa). 4 hours.

Fall: special topics not covered in regular course work. Spring: a critical review of research papers in entomology. The seminar will be taken by graduate student majors for both semesters. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit. Seminar hours may be taken in entomology (ENTO 6071) or as a formal for-credit seminar offered in another department within the University. At least three of the seminar hours must be in entomology unless approved in advance by the Department Head. 



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Programs-at-a-Glance                 

M.S.    

  • 32 credit hours: 24 hours entomology core courses, electives, and a statistics course; 6 hours thesis; and 2 hours seminar
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Entrance seminar
  • Thesis
  • Exit seminar and Thesis defense

Ph.D.

  • 52 credit hours: 30 hours entomology core courses, electives, and a statistics course; 18 hours dissertation; and 4 hours seminar 
  • 3.25 GPA
  • Entrance seminar
  • Comprehensive written and oral candidacy exams
  • Dissertation
  • Exit seminar and Dissertation defense