Department of Entomology
The Department of Entomology provides professional expertise concerning arthropods to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world. Our scientists explore the diversity, benefits and risks of insects everywhere, in our crops, forests, water and homes. The Department’s work includes biomedical research on vector-borne diseases, description and discovery of new species, evaluation of water quality through the insects living there, pollinator biology, smart and sustainable management of pests wherever they occur, and more. Extension programs deliver the latest developments across the commonwealth to protect human health and the environment.
Entering students are expected to have completed a course in organic chemistry upon admission to the Graduate School. If this course is lacking, the student will be required to correct the course deficiency prior to admission or early in their degree program. All graduate students (MSFLS and PhD) are required to demonstrate competency in basic insect biology and statistics prior to graduation. Competency in insect biology may be demonstrated by taking courses like insect biology, medical/veterinary entomology or another course beyond introductory or general entomology. All students must complete at least one course in each of three core areas:
- Biochemistry/molecular and cell biology (Biochemistry for Life Sciences, Insect Physiology or Insecticide Toxicology)
- Statistics (Biometry, Statistics in Research, or approved substitute)
- Information management (Research and Information Systems in the Life Sciences)
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