Entomology, Minor

Program Code: ENT_UMNR

Program Description

Through the Department of Entomology, the minor in Entomology is primarily designed for (but not restricted to) students in the Agroecology major seeking additional studies in the entomological sciences. Successful completion of this minor area of study will help prepare students for graduate studies in entomology and related fields.

A minor in Entomology requires 22 credits in approved courses in addition to the major requirements of the student's choice. Appropriate course substitutions may be considered with minor adviser approval.

What is Entomology?

Entomology is the scientific study of insects (and terrestrial arthropods such as arachnids, centipedes, millipedes, and springtails) and their relationships to humans and the environment. Entomology contributes to a diverse array of disciplines, including agriculture, biodiversity, ecology, epidemiology, forensic science, genetics, human and veterinary medicine, molecular biology, pollination biology, chemical ecology, parasitology, and toxicology.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You are passionate about biodiversity and fascinated with insects.
  • You are interested in human or animal diseases, such as malaria, that are transmitted by insects.
  • You are concerned about pollinators and their relationships to ecosystems and food supply.
  • You are interested in invasive species and their impact on ecosystems and agriculture.
  • You enjoy basic science and/or applied science.
  • You want to teach, conduct research, or have a career in agriculture, environmental science, or biology.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 22

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BIOL 110Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course 14
ENT 313Introduction to Entomology2
ENT 457Principles of Integrated Pest Management3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ENT 314Management of Insect Pests of Ornamentals1
or ENT 316 Field Crops Entomology
ENT 496Independent Studies3
Select one of the following:3
Introductory Agroecology
Genetics
Evolution
Microbe-Plant Interactions: Plant Disease and Biological Control
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Biology of Animal Parasites
Insect Structure and Function
Introduction to Population Dynamics
Sensory Biology of Insects
Freshwater Entomology
Insect Biodiversity and Evolution

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

John Tooker
Professor of Entomology
501 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-1895
tooker@psu.edu

Career Paths

Careers

Students with a minor in Entomology have been successful in establishing careers in a diverse number of fields, including agriculture, pest management, biology, environmental science, and human and veterinary medicine, and in governmental regulatory and policy positions.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Students with entomology minors have gone on to graduate school in entomology, other agricultural sciences, or life and biological sciences to study basic or applied issues. During their undergraduate program at Penn State, students enrolled in the Entomology minor are strongly encouraged to conduct research in the lab of one or more entomology faculty; such experiences will help students determine if they would like to be involved in research for graduate school.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF ENTOMOLOGY
501 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-1895
ess9@psu.edu

https://ento.psu.edu/