Entomology - BS
Entomology is a basic and applied science of insects and their relatives such as ticks and mites. Insects are one of 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 diverse roles played by 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 prepares students for 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. Employment opportunities exist in areas such as forensic entomology, conservation biology, environmental quality, food quality, regulatory inspection, public health and more. Our curriculum is sufficiently flexible such that students, in consultation with an academic advisor, may tailor the degree to meet their individual academic goals, including requirements for graduate studies and professional schools in health career areas (medical, veterinary, dental) as well as providing analytical skills needed for law school.
Students majoring in areas such as agronomy, animal science, horticulture, biology, genetics and biomedical sciences may wish to augment their knowledge and broaden their career opportunities by earning either a double major or a minor in entomology. Students interested in a double major or minor in entomology should contact an academic advisor for additional information.