Entomology (B.S.)

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.

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Core areas of study include:

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

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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.

Michael Kalwajtys

Michael Kalwajtys learns more about the world around him through entomology

July 16, 2020

Undergraduate student Michael Kalwajtys shares experiences with entomology and how its uniqueness offers endless opportunities to go outside and learn hands-on.

Emily May showing pinned insects to youth

MSU Entomology alumna’s studies led to a career with an international conservation society

February 14, 2020

Motivated by a love of pollinators, alumna Emily May suggests those interested in graduate studies find work that motivates them and builds community.

Entomology Advisor

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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:

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