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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
AGLS 101
Modern Agricultural Systems and Renewable Natural Resources
or Introduction to Academic Success in Entomology
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
ENTO 201 General Entomology 3
MATH 140 Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4
MATH 142
Business Calculus
or Introduction to Logic
Communication 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
CHEM 222
Elements of Organic and Biological Chemistry
or Organic Chemistry I
ENTO 482 Occupational and Professional Development 2
POLS 206 American National Government 3
American History 1 3
Social and behavioral sciences 1 3
General elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
American history 1 3
Communication 1 3
Language, philosophy and culture 1 3
Technical elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
ENTO 305 Evolution of Insect Structure 3
ENTO 306 Insect Physiology 3
Technical electives 2 7
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
ENTO 301 Biodiversity and Biology of Insects 4
ENTO 424 Insect Ecology 3
ENTO 481 Seminar 1
GENE 301
GENE 312
Comprehensive Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
Creative arts 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
ENTO 428 Insect Biotechnology 3
ENTO 429 Insect Biotechnology Laboratory 1
Technical electives 2 7
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
ENTO 435 Case Studies in Problem Solving 3
ENTO 484
Professional Internship
or Research
Technical electives 2 6
General electives 5
 Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Additional Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree

  • Foreign Language (two years of the same language in high school OR one year/two semester sequence in college)
  • Writing Intensive Courses (two courses designated W in major or one W and one C course in major)
  • International and Cultural Diversity Courses (three credit hours)
  • Cultural Discourse Course (three 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 Science Laboratory1
ANSC 303/NFSC 303Principles of Animal Nutrition3
ANSC 305Animal Breeding3
ANSC 307/NFSC 307Meats3
ANSC 318Animal Feeds 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 Microbiology3
CHEM 228Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 238Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
COMM 203Public Speaking3
ENTO 208 - ENTO 299
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 Studies0-4
ENTO 489Special Topics in...1-4
GENE 405/BIMS 405Mammalian Genetics3
GENE 406/BIOL 406Bacterial Genetics3
GENE 412Population, Quantitative 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
NFSC 303/ANSC 303Principles of Animal Nutrition3
NFSC 326/ANSC 326Food Bacteriology3
NFSC 327/ANSC 327Food Bacteriology Lab1
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 Microbiology3
SCSC 422Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrient Management3
SCSC 455Environmental Soil and Water Science3
STAT 302Statistical Methods3
VTPB 405Biomedical Microbiology4
VTPB 409Introduction to Immunology3
VTPB 487/BIOL 487Biomedical Parasitology4