Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2006

ENTOMOLOGY

The Department of Entomology offers graduate work leading to the Master of Science (Plan A -- Thesis and Plan B -- Non-thesis) and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Individual graduate programs are planned by students in consultation with their advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies. Study and research are available in various areas of entomology including acarology, applied entomology, araneology, behavior, biochemistry, biological control, ecology, genetics, host plant resistance, insect biology, medical and veterinary entomology, molecular biology, physiology, systematics, and taxonomy. The discipline of entomology, similar to all agricultural and biological sciences, has evolved significantly during the past two decades and continues to undergo rapid changes. To increase flexibility in the core curricula, the PhD and MS core curricula are the responsibility of the graduate faculty in Entomology.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Graduate program in Entomology is based on the recommendation of the Entomology Graduate Program Committee. Minimum admission requirements include an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 and an overall graduate grade point average of 3.25. Applicants whose native language is English must score at least 1050 on the combined verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test. Those whose native language is not English must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum computer score of 213 . They must also have a score of 550 on the quantitative portion of the GRE. The Program requires three letters of recommendation. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. These minimal requirements may be waived in exceptional cases if sufficient additional evidence is presented regarding the ability of the student to do graduate work. Admission to the Graduate Program in Entomology does NOT automatically guarantee financial assistance to the student.

Degree Requirements

During their first year of graduate studies, M.S. (Plan A) and Ph.D. students are required to prepare a formal written research proposal encompassing a thorough literature review, clear statement of objectives, and materials and methods of the project. A research proposal seminar will be presented to the Department upon completion of the written research proposal. An exit seminar, usually presented during the last semester of the student's tenure, is required for M.S. (plans A and B) and Ph.D. students. August graduates will present their seminar in the preceding spring. M.S. students using the Plan B option will be required to provide a detailed outline of their practicum to their Advisory Committee. The practicum must be a minimum of 3 credit hours (maximum of 6 credit hours) and may consist of library research, special problems, internships, etc., as agreed upon by the student and major professor, and approved by the Advisory Committee.

M.S. and Ph.D. students will be required to post a formal notification of scheduled examinations on the notice board in the main departmental office two weeks prior to the examination date.

All M.S. and Ph.D. students must satisfy the following core course requirements:

  1. An undergraduate course in general entomology. Students who have not had such a course must take ENT 300.
  2. ENT 564 Insect Taxonomy
  3. STA 570 Basic Statistical Analysis
  4. Each M.S. student must take two semesters of ENT 770, Entomological Seminar, (or approved equivalent seminars) and Ph.D. candidates must take four semesters of approved seminars.
  5. Ph.D. and M.S. candidates using the Plan A option must take a minimum of one course from two of the following core areas. M.S. candidates using the Plan B option must take a minimum of one course from all three core areas.

Core area 1: Insect Behavior, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics.

ENT 568 Insect Behavior;
ENT 607 Advanced Evolution ;
ENT 625 Insect-Plant Relationships;
ENT 660 Immature Insects;
ENT 665 Insect Ecology

Core area 2: Insect Molecular Biology, Physiology and Genetics

ENT 567 Applications of Genetics;
ENT 635 Insect Physiology and Internal Morphology

Core Area 3: Pest Management and Applied Ecology

ENT 530 Integrated Pest Management;
ENT 561 Medical Entomology ;
ENT 574 Advanced Applied Entomology;
ENT 680 Biological Control

In all cases, an equivalent graduate level course from another institution is acceptable upon approval of the Advisory Committee. Such approval will not decrease the minimum number of credits required, but simply will permit the student to take other courses.

GRADUATE COURSES

ENT 530 INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (3)

ENT 561 MEDICAL ENTOMOLOGY (SAME AS BIO 561) (4)

ENT 564 INSECT TAXONOMY (SAME AS BIO 564) (4)

ENT 567 APPLICATIONS OF GENETICS (SAME AS BIO 567) (4)

ENT 568 INSECT BEHAVIOR (SAME AS BIO 568) (3)

ENT 574 ADVANCED APPLIED ENTOMOLOGY (4)

ENT 605 EMPIRICAL METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION (SAME AS BIO/FOR 605) (2)

ENT 606 CONCEPTUAL METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION (SAME AS BIO/FOR 606) (3)

ENT 607 ADVANCED EVOLUTION (SAME AS BIO/FOR 607) (2)

ENT 608 BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND LIFE HISTORIES (SAME AS BIO/FOR 608) (2)

ENT 609 POPULATION AND COMMUNITY ECOLOGY (SAME AS BIO/FOR 609) (2)

ENT 613 BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND COMPARATIVE NEUROBIOLOGY (SAME AS BIO/PSY/PGY/ANA 613) (2)

ENT 614 TECHNIQUES IN BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND COMPARATIVE NEUROBIOLOGY (SAME AS BIO/PSY/PGY/ANA 614) (2)

ENT 625 INSECT-PLANT RELATIONSHIPS (SAME AS BIO 625) (3)

ENT 635 INSECT PHYSIOLOGY AND INTERNAL MORPHOLOGY (SAME AS BIO 635) (4)

ENT 660 IMMATURE INSECTS (3)

ENT 665 INSECT ECOLOGY (SAME AS BIO 665) (3)

ENT 680 BIOLOGICAL CONTROL (3)

ENT 684 PHYLOGENETIC SYSTEMATICS (SAME AS BIO 684) (3)

ENT 695 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENTOMOLOGY (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)

ENT 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)

ENT 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)

ENT 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)

ENT 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)

ENT 770 ENTOMOLOGICAL SEMINAR (1)

ENT 780 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN ENTOMOLOGY AND ACAROLOGY (2-3)

ENT 790 RESEARCH IN ENTOMOLOGY AND ACAROLOGY (1-6)

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