Entomology is the study of biology focusing on insects and other closely-related animals such as spiders, ticks and millipedes. The Entomology program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the biology, ecology, evolution, identification, structure, classification and management of beneficial and harmful insects.


Core areas of study include:

  • Organismal and molecular biology
  • Ecology
  • Plant biology and pathology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Soil science
  • Pest management

Learn more about requirements and courses in Entomology.

Career Opportunities

Graduates with a degree in Entomology enter a broad range of challenging and rewarding careers in agriculture, natural resources, human and veterinary medicine, education, public outreach and research.

Entomology prepares students for a variety of career paths:

  • Conservation leaders
  • Government advisors in biosecurity, food security
  • Museum curators and educators
  • Invasive species inspectors
  • Pest control managers

Faculty members maintain close relationships with companies and industry contacts related to entomology, which can help with internships, scholarships and employment in a range of fields.

Megan with honey bee

Megan Andrews found a whole new world while working in an entomology lab

July 8, 2019

Undergraduate student Megan Andrews says she discovered insects are interesting and underrated. Since working in the Gut lab, she has changed her major to pursue a career in entomology.

Undergraduate student gains multiple successes through experience in entomology research lab

March 21, 2019

Michael Killewald has executed two research projects, published his first study, improved his bee and pollen identification skills, gained connections and entry to a doctoral program all while pursuing a minor in entomology.

Advisor Information

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Student Life

In addition to student jobs and internships, there are study abroad and undergraduate research opportunities.

There are also a variety of student clubs and organizations including:

Agriculture Majors

  • Agribusiness Management

    Agribusiness management is the application of business skills in areas such as marketing, finance, economics and management to the agricultural industry.

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education

    This program prepares students for careers as school-based agriculture, food and natural resources teachers at the secondary level, careers in education fields, or professional or graduate school program.

  • Animal Science

    Animal science encompasses livestock production marketing, public affairs, transportation, research, companion animal management and many more allied specialties.

  • Crop and Soil Sciences

    This undergraduate curriculum is designed to train students as professional crop scientists, soil scientists, turfgrass scientists and environmentalists.

  • Entomology

    Courses are designed to give the student an understanding of the structure, classification, identification, function, biology, ecology, and management of beneficial and harmful arthropods, and the communities and ecosystems where insects occur.

  • Horticulture

    The Horticulture program prepares students to make new discoveries in the plant sciences, promote the use of plants and food for improved human health, and manage and develop landscape design projects.

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