Pest Management Minor

Pest Management Minor

The Pest Management minor is designed to give students a general knowledge of the principles of managing insect, disease and weed pests in a variety of situations, and a firm understanding of the environmental consequences of pest control decisions. Individuals who complete this curriculum will be well prepared for careers that require an understanding of the management of pests as an important aspect, but not the main focus, of their responsibilities.

The Pest Management minor will not provide in-depth training and experience in all areas of pest management and is designed to give students a general familiarity with the principles of pest management. Students who desire careers in which the primary focus will be the management of insect, disease, and weed pests, such as private crop consultants, farm advisors, or agri-chemical technical or sales representatives or want to pursue advanced degrees in any of the pest-related disciplines are advised to consider the Crop Science Major.

All faculty in the Department of Plant Pathology, Entomology, and the discipline of Weed Science in the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences are faculty in the discipline of Pest Management.

View the Pest Management Minor Degree Form.

Requirements for a Minor in Pest Management (PMGT-M)

Students interested in a minor in Pest Management must declare their intention to the program coordinator. A minor in Pest Management consists of 19-20 hours to include the following:

Required Courses:

  • 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. Students interested in a more intensive examination of insects, including collection, curation, and identification techniques, should sign up for the separate one-credit lab ENTO 3011L. Suggested prerequisite: BIOL 1543.

  • PLPA 3004. Principles of Plant Pathology (Fa). 4 Hours.

    Examination of the causes and symptoms of plant disease and the genetics of plant disease. Physiology, and ecology of host-pathogen interactions. The spread of disease and principles of disease control. Corequisite: Lab component.

Select four (4) courses from the following:

  • CSES 2003. Introduction to Weed Science (Irregular). 3 Hours.

    Fundamental, practical concepts of weed control and weed biology; equipment and techniques used in modern weed control practices; and basic recommendations and systems for specific agronomic and horticultural crops. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: CSES 1203 or CSES 2103 or HORT 2003.

  • CSES 4133. Ecology and Morphology of Weedy and Invasive Plants (Fa). 3 Hours.

    Study of weeds as economic pests occurring in both agricultural and nonagricultural situations and including poisonous plants and other specific weed problems. Gross morphological plant family characteristics which aid identification, the habitat of growth and distribution, ecology, competition, and allelopathy are discussed. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours a week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: CSES 2103 or HORT 2003.

  • CSES 4143. Principles of Weed Control (Sp). 3 Hours.

    Advanced concepts and technology used in modern weed control practices and study of the chemistry and specific activity of herbicides in current usage. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: CHEM 1073 and CHEM 1071L.

  • 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. Prerequisite: ENTO 3013.

  • ENTO 4133. Advanced Applied Entomology (Even years, Sp). 3 Hours.

    Biology and ecology of major arthropod pests as model applied management systems. Activities include independent study, literature review and group discussions. Knowledge of general entomology and pest management is required. Self-learning modules are available. Lecture 2 hours/week and direct self-study laboratory 2 hours/week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: ENTO 3013.

  • PLPA 4223. Plant Disease Control (Fa). 3 Hours.

    Principles, methods and mechanics of plant disease control. Emphasis is given to the integration of control measures and epidemiology of plant diseases. Lecture 3 hours per week. Prerequisite:PLPA 3004.

  • PLPA 4223. Plant Disease Control (Fa). 3 Hours.

    Principles, methods and mechanics of plant disease control. Emphasis is given to the integration of control measures and epidemiology of plant diseases. Lecture 3 hours per week. Prerequisite:PLPA 3004.