Even though there is no undergraduate major in Entomology the following options are available to undergraduates:
- Bachelor of Science Minor in Entomology
- Bachelor of Science in Biology – Entomology Option
The Entomology Minor and these options provide a strong entomology background for students whose primary interests are elsewhere.
The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) options are multidisciplinary in nature with course work in the fields of agronomy, entomology, horticulture, landscape architecture, plant pathology and soil science.
- Integrated Pest Management – Entomology Option
- Integrated Pest Management – Tree Fruit Option
- Integrated Pest Management – Weed Science Option
The goal of this program is to develop individuals who can solve pest management problems from an interdisciplinary viewpoint. Depending on the individual’s interests and aptitudes, agricultural or urban settings may be emphasized. In-depth details are available in the WSU General Catalog online.
To find out more about the Graduate Program here at Washington State University, go to the Graduate Program page.
Student Learning Outcomes for the Masters of Science and Doctor of Entomology Degrees
The Department of Entomology offers graduate programs leading to Doctoral and Master of Science degrees. Upon completion of a Degree Program in Entomology, it is expected that graduates will be have:
- Knowledge of Entomology and its Application
- Exercise Critical and Creative Thinking
- Perform Statistical Analyses and Research Methods.
They will be able to begin and complete a research program by using the knowledge they have accrued by active field research. The curriculum provides the opportunity to study the basic and applied aspects of the science. Facilities and training are available for graduate study in major areas of entomology, including (but not limited to) apiculture; behavior; integrated biological control and sustainable pest management; ecology; forest entomology; insect/plant interactions; medical/veterinary entomology; population genetics; physiology; systematic; biological diversity and environmental toxicology. Departmental faculty, adjunct faculty, and affiliate faculty may all serve as student advisors. Faculty are housed both on campus and at Research and Extension Centers throughout the state; the ability to significantly interact with both on- and off-campus advisors and mentors offers students opportunities and perspectives not available in most programs. We maintain strong cooperative interactions with the USDA ARS lab in Yakima, Washington. Students whose major advisor resides at a Research and Extension Center (Wenatchee, Prosser, Puyallup, Mt. Vernon or USDA Wapato) typically come to Pullman for at least two semesters then relocate to the center where they will conduct their research and take the remainder of their coursework via AMS/WECN. Each student’s program of study is individualized based on their research interests, prior academic experience, and collaboration with their major advisor.
The Internship Program at AgriNorthwest is designed to evaluate college students as potential employees, while allowing college students the opportunity to gain work experience. Management will focus on recruiting students in their junior or senior year who have a desire and aptitude to work in production agriculture. Interns will be recruited from various colleges and universities across the country. AgriNorthwest Internship (pdf)
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The study of Entomology
requires a curious mind, observant behavior, and a keen interest in biology, zoology or agriculture. Entomology is an animal science that requires a strong background in plant science too.
There are a variety of scholarships available to WSU students through the Entomology Department, College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resources and the financial aid office.
List of Entomology courses available.