Entomology - Minor

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. 

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.

The minor in Entomology is available to all students enrolled at Texas A&M University.  The courses listed constitute the minimum 17 hours required for a minor in Entomology.

  1. Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course used for the minor.
  2. Prerequisite Courses:  All prerequisites for each core and elective course also must be met.  Prerequisite courses will not be applied to the minor requirements and do not count toward the number of hours needed to complete the minor.  Please refer to the Texas A&M University Undergraduate Catalog for a listing of course prerequisites.
  3. Availability of courses and minor recognition: The Department of Entomology cannot guarantee the availability of the courses required to meet the minor requirements.  Successful completion of the minor will be certified by a degree audit in Howdy during the semester of the student’s graduation.  The minor will be recognized after graduation on the student’s transcript, but not on the student’s diploma.

Students pursuing the Minor in Entomology are to complete the minor application form and submit the document to the Department of Entomology Advising Office in 404 Minnie Belle Heep Building (HPCT).

Core Courses 1
ENTO 201General Entomology 13
or ENTO 208/209   or Veterinary Entomology 
ENTO 482Occupational and Professional Development 12
ENTO 301Biodiversity and Biology of Insects 13-4
or ENTO 322   or Insects and Human Society 
Directed Electives9
Select from the following list:
Field Studies
Evolution of Insect Structure
Insect Physiology
Honey Bee Biology
Principles of Integrated Pest Management
Field-Crop Insects
Urban Entomology
Medical Entomology
Insect Ecology
Insect Biotechnology
Insect Biotechnology Laboratory
The Science of Forensic Entomology
Applied Forensic Entomology
Case Studies in Problem Solving
Caribbean Conservation
Caribbean Research Seminar
Professional Internship
Directed Studies
Special Topics in...
Total Semester Credit Hours17

Students are encouraged to visit the Department of Entomology Advising Office in 404 Minnie Belle Heep Building (HPCT), West Campus, to select the appropriate directed elective courses based on their individual educational and career interests.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course used for the minor.