Entomology Minor

Entomology Minor

Entomology is the branch of science concerned with the study of insects and related organisms. It involves studies of their biology, structure, identification, economic significance, and population management. The major emphasis of the curriculum is understanding insect biology and applying that knowledge in an integrated approach to insect pest management. 

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Requirements for a Minor in Entomology (ENTO-M)

The Entomology minor will consist of a minimum of 15 semester hours to include the following:

Required Courses (7 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. 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.

  • 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. Prerequisite: ENTO 3013.

Electives (8 credit hour minimum): 

Choose courses from the following list to complete the 15 hours required.

  • ENTO 4013. Insect Behavior and Chemical Ecology (Even years, Sp). 3 Hours.

    Basic concepts in insect senses and patterns of behavioral responses to various environmental stimuli. Previous knowledge of basic entomology is helpful, but not required. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory/discussion 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component.

  • ENTO 4043. Apiculture (Odd years, Sp). 3 Hours.

    Review of social behavior of insects and its exemplification in Honeybees. Previous knowledge of basic entomology is helpful but not required. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. 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 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.

  • ENTO 400V. Special Problems (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-4 Hour.
    • 2 hours required for entomology minor

Undergraduate Elective Courses in Entomology

ENTO 1021L. Insects in Science, the Arts, and Human History Laboratory (Sp). 1 Hour.

To educate students on the importance of insects in biology and science, human and animal medicine, ecosystems, agriculture, pollination, genetic research, the arts, and human culture and history. The lab will be a hands-on approach to reinforcing entomological concepts addressed in lecture. Pre- or corequisite: ENTO 1023.

ENTO 1023. Insects, Science and Society (Sp). 3 Hours.

To educate students on the importance of insects in biology and science, human and animal medicine, ecosystems, agriculture, pollination, genetic research, the arts, and human culture and history. Corequisite: ENTO 1021L.

ENTO 3011L. Introduction to Insect Identification Lab (Fa). 1 Hour.

Introductory lab course on insect identification, collection, and curation techniques, primarily designed as an intensive add-on to ENTO 3013 for students wanting a more in-depth examination of insect diversity. Insect collection required. The course includes field trips. Students are encouraged to contact the instructor before enrolling. Pre- or Corequisite: ENTO 3013.

ENTO 410V. Special Topics (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.

Special Topics course available to both undergraduate and graduate students, to address emerging issues and timely topics. This would supplement our graduate-only special topics course. May be repeated for degree credit.

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 462V. Internship (Irregular). 3-6 Hour.

Supervised practical work experience in pest management to develop and demonstrate professional competence. A maximum of 6 hours credit per semester or summer session is permitted. Faculty approval of project proposal prior to enrollment and written or oral reports are required.