Department of Entomology


Dr. Walter Pett
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Phone: 517-353-7191

Insects are everywhere, and so are the people who work with them. Insects are important in careers in agriculture, natural resources, human and veterinary medicine, forensic investigation, ecology, bio-monitoring, genetics, molecular biology and toxicology.

The MSU Entomology undergraduate program leads to a bachelor of science degree.

Entomology courses provide broad training in identification, structure, physiology, biology, ecology and management of beneficial and harmful insects, and the communities and ecosystems where insects live. The bachelor’s degree gives students the necessary background to go directly into entry-level positions in entomology and related fields. In addition, the required courses in biology, chemistry, physics and math qualify many of our students for acceptance directly into graduate school.

Entomology students have access to many bug-related opportunities outside of the classroom. Most have research projects or paid summer jobs in department laboratories. Many also get global experience in MSU’s Study Abroad program, the largest such program among public universities in the United States.

The department financially supports undergraduates to attend and give presentations at regional and national entomology meetings. Finally, students interested in teaching can volunteer in the MSU Bug House, which provides entomology education for school groups and the general public, or give presentations at local elementary schools.

To see courses required by this major, visit the Entomology major listing in the MSU course catalog

Careers in entomology involve teaching the general public and students; conducting research at universities or private companies; scouting and controlling insect pests; rearing and caring for beneficial insects; protecting our food supply and borders; protecting the environment; and solving crimes.

Entomologists work for schools, universities, museums, zoos, gardens, agribusinesses, pest agencies and even crime labs. Recent graduates were employed as research technicians, urban entomologists and graduate students, and by the Peace Corps.

The Department of Entomology undergraduate program encourages students to take advantage of MSU’s wide array of study abroad programs, and both department and college-level funding is available to defray some of the costs. Insect diversity is greatest in the tropics, so study abroad programs provide a great way for students to see the biggest and brightest insects in their native habitats.

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