Entomology - BS

Entomology is a basic and applied science of insects and their relatives such as ticks and mites. Insects are the most numerous and diverse forms of life on earth; they are essential constituents of virtually every terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem. While society benefits from the many diverse roles played by the vast majority of insects, some species may become limiting factors in the production, processing and storage of our food and fiber crops, and to the health and well being of humans and animals. The knowledge and skills possessed by entomologists are essential components of modern integrated pest management strategies designed to safely and efficiently produce adequate food supplies for a continuously expanding world population, and to impede the transmission of insect-borne diseases, while at the same time protecting our endangered species and fragile ecosystems.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Entomology leads to a wide array of career paths with strong employment demands among corporate and private agribusiness; urban pest management companies; scientific and technical organizations; public health agencies; local, state and federal governments; and international organizations. In addition, employment opportunities exist in areas such as forensic entomology, conservation biology, environmental quality, food quality, regulatory inspection, public health and many more. Our curriculum is sufficiently flexible such that a student, in consultation with the academic advisor, may tailor the degree to meet their individual academic goals, including requirements for graduate school, professional schools in the health career areas (medical, veterinary, dental) as well as providing the analytical skills needed for law school. Our department also participates in the Texas A&M accelerate online program for teaching certification, which is an innovative approach to training Texas secondary science teachers to gain the background education needed to prepare for certification to teach science grades 8–12.

Students majoring in related areas such as agronomy, animal science, horticulture, biology, genetics and biomedical sciences may wish to consider augmenting their knowledge base and broaden their career opportunities by electing to either double major or to minor in entomology. Interested students should contact the departmental Undergraduate Advisor for additional information on these options.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
AGLS 101Modern Agricultural Systems and Renewable Natural Resources 1
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 101Fundamentals of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 111Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENTO 201General Entomology 3
MATH 141Finite Mathematics 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
CHEM 102Fundamentals of Chemistry II 3
CHEM 112Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II 1
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II 4
Select one of the following: 3
Mathematical Concepts—Calculus  
Business Calculus  
Explorations in Mathematics  
Introduction to Logic  
Communication elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
ENTO 482Occupational and Professional Development 2
POLS 206American National Government 3
CHEM 222 or CHEM 227Elements of Organic and Biological Chemistry or Organic Chemistry I 3
American History elective 13
Social and behavioral sciences elective 13
Elective 1
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
American history elective 13
Communication elective 13
Language, philosophy and culture elective 13
Technical elective 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
ENTO 305Evolution of Insect Structure 3
ENTO 306Insect Physiology 3
Elective 3
Technical electives 27
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
ENTO 301Biodiversity and Biology of Insects 4
ENTO 424Insect Ecology 3
GENE 301
GENE 312
Comprehensive Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
Creative arts elective 13
ENTO 481Seminar 1
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
ENTO 428Insect Biotechnology 3
ENTO 429Insect Biotechnology Laboratory 1
Elective 3
Technical electives 27
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
ENTO 435Case Studies in Problem Solving 3
ENTO 484 or ENTO 491Professional Internship or Research 2
Electives 5
Technical electives 26
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120

To be selected in consultation with student’s academic advisor in the department. Six hours of international and cultural diversity electives are required for graduation; these courses may fulfill other degree requirements as well. See the list of approved courses.


Technical electives must be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor or from the current list of approved electives published by the department. See Technical Electives table.

Additional Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • Foreign Language (two years same language in HS, one yr college)
  • Writing Intensive Courses (two courses designated W in major or one W and one C course in major)
  • International and Cultural Diversity Courses (two courses for six credit hours)

Technical Electives

ACCT 209Survey of Accounting Principles3
AGEC 314Marketing Agricultural and Food Products3
AGEC 330Financial Management in Agriculture3
AGEC 340Agribusiness Management3
AGSM 335Water and Soil Management3
AGSM 337Technology for Environmental and Natural Resource Engineering3
ALED 440Leading Change3
ANSC 107General Animal Science3
ANSC 108General Animal Science1
ANSC 305Animal Breeding3
ANSC 307/FSTC 307Meats3
ANSC 303/NUTR 303Principles of Animal Nutrition3
ANSC 310Behavior and Management of Domestic Animals3
ANSC 318Feeds and Feeding3
ANSC 320Animal Nutrition and Feeding3
BESC 201Introduction to Bioenvironmental Sciences3
BESC 401Bioenvironmental Microbiology3
BESC 402Microbial Processes in Bioremediation3
BICH 303Elements of Biological Chemistry3
BICH 410Comprehensive Biochemistry I3
BICH 411Comprehensive Biochemistry II3
BICH 431/GENE 431Molecular Genetics3
BIOL 206Introductory Microbiology4
BIOL 213Molecular Cell Biology3
BIOL 319Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 320Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIOL 351Fundamentals of Microbiology4
BIOL 357Ecology3
BIOL 358Ecology Laboratory1
BIOL 413Cell Biology3
BIOL 456Medical Microbiology4
CHEM 228Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 238Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
COMM 203Public Speaking3
ENTO 208 - ENTO 299
ENTO 313Biology of Insects3
ENTO 315Biotechnology and Society3
ENTO 320Honey Bee Biology3
ENTO 322Insects and Human Society3
ENTO 401Principles of Integrated Pest Management3
ENTO 402Field-Crop Insects3
ENTO 403Urban Entomology3
ENTO 423Medical Entomology3
ENTO 431/FIVS 431The Science of Forensic Entomology3
ENTO 432/FIVS 432Applied Forensic Entomology1
ENTO 485Directed Studies1-4
ENTO 489Special Topics in...1-4
FSTC 326/DASC 326Food Bacteriology3
FSTC 327/DASC 327Food Bacteriology Lab1
GENE 405/BIMS 405Mammalian Genetics3
GENE 406/BIOL 406Bacterial Genetics3
GENE 412Population and Ecological Genetics3
HORT 201Horticultural Science and Practices3
HORT 301Garden Science3
HORT 308Plants for Sustainable Landscapes3
HORT 315Issues in Horticulture3
MEPS 313Introduction to Plant Physiology3
NUTR 303/ANSC 303Principles of Animal Nutrition3
PHYS 201College Physics4
PHYS 202College Physics4
PLPA 301Plant Pathology3
PLPA 303Plant Pathology Laboratory1
RENR 205Fundamentals of Ecology3
SCSC 105World Food and Fiber Crops3
SCSC 301Soil Science4
SCSC 304Plant Breeding and Genetics3
SCSC 405Soil and Water Microbiology4
SCSC 422Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrient Management3
SCSC 455Environmental Soil and Water Science3
STAT 302Statistical Methods3
VTPB 405Biomedical Microbiology5
VTPB 409Introduction to Immunology3
VTPB 487/BIOL 487Biomedical Parasitology4