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majors_minors: Entomology



Degree Level

Bachelor of Science

Minor Code


Advisor's Name

J.J. Neal

Advisor's Phone

(765) 494-4594

Advisor's Email


This Department of Entomology major prepares students for careers in biology as well as careers that require insect expertise.  Students who have an interest in biology and who enjoy working with insects find many opportunities. Entomologists use biotechnology and cutting-edge science to solve important health, food security, environmental, and economic issues. There is a wide diversity of job opportunities in private corporations, government agencies, the military, universities, museums, and zoos.  Graduates can successfully pursue small business or private consulting opportunities. Graduates find work in the United States or abroad in research and development, technical support, sales, employee training, education, forensics, or regulatory affairs, or prepare for graduate or professional degrees.

Credit Hours



Freshman Year

First Semester

(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University)

(0.5) AGR 11700 (Introduction to Entomology Academic Programs)

(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry)

(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)

(2) ENTM 20600 (General Entomology)

(1) ENTM 20700 (General Entomology Laboratory)

(4) Biological sciences selective

(3) Calculus selective

Total Credits: 17

Second Semester

(3) CHM 11200 (General Chemistry)

(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)

(3) ENTM 21000 (Introduction to Insect Behavior)

(4) Biological sciences elective

(3) Social science selective

Total Credits: 17

Sophomore Year

Third Semester

(4) CHM 25700 (Organic Chemistry)

(3) Humanities selective

(4) Insect diversity and identification selective

(3) Mathematics and sciences selective

(3) Elective

Total Credits: 17

Fourth Semester

(3) BCHM 30700 (Biochemistry)

(1) BCHM 30900 (Biochemistry Laboratory)

(3) ENTM 31100 (Insect Ecology)

(3) PHYS 21400 (The Nature of Physics)

(3) Entomology selective

(3) Philosophy of science, logic, or critical thinking selective

Total Credits: 16

Junior Year

Fifth Semester

(3) AGRY 32000 (Genetics)

(1) AGRY 32100 (Genetics Laboratory)

(1) ENTM 49200 (Capstone Experience in Entomology I)

(3) Economics selective 

(3) Insect pest management selective

(3) Statistics selective

(3) Written or oral communication selective

Total Credits: 17

Sixth Semester

(3) Entomology selective

(3) Environmental issues selective

(3) Insect structure and function selective

(3) Social science or humanities selective

(3) Elective

Total Credits: 15

Senior Year

Seventh Semester

(3) Humanities selective

(3) Mathematics and sciences selective

(3) Social science or humanities selective (30000+ level)

(6) Electives

Total Credits: 15

Eighth Semester

(1) ENTM 49300 (Capstone Experience in Entomology II)

(3) Botanical sciences selective

(6) Mathematics and sciences selectives

(6) Electives

Total Credits: 16

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Last modified at 6/4/2013 4:47 PM by Wilson, Kenneth N