Entomology, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Field of Study: The study of insects at suborganismal, organismal and population levels, including their interactions with one another and their relationships to other animals and plants.
Possible Careers: Research positions (university, government, or industry); teacher; extension entomologist (county agent); crop protection field scout; “applied” entomologist in agriculture, medical entomology, or natural resources; pest management specialist; conservationist; environmentalist; physician; veterinarian.
Special Opportunities & Additional Information:
- First-Year Interest Group (FIG) available to entering freshmen (Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society)
- Several courses include field trips and fieldwork, including a summer course with a trip to the Rocky Mountains and the Black Hills/Badlands.
- The Insect Research Collection offers curatorial and field collecting expedition opportunities.
- A faculty advisor helps make students aware of both local and national awards, including the Carl W. Schaefer Undergraduate Entomology Award (two, $500 awards distributed to entomology undergraduates each year).
- Most undergraduate majors pursue research opportunities in faculty laboratories.
- Four-year plan for graduation is available
Selected Required Courses for the B.S. Degree:
- Intro Biology: Botany 130 and Zoology 101-102; or Biology 151-152
- Calculus: Math 211, 217, or 221
- General Chemistry: Chem 103/104 or 109
- Organic Chemistry: Chem 341 and 342; or Chem 343, 344, 345
- Physics: Physics 103-104; or Physics 201-202; or Physics 207-208
- Statistics: None