This online Master of Science degree in Entomology provides a general background in entomology by emphasizing coursework in a variety of areas:
Tom Weissling serves as the distance education coordinator for the entomology program in addition to his teaching and extension responsibilities. He has been invited to nearly 200 seminars, created training programs, conducted outreach programs and has written many articles in the field of entomology.
Undergraduate degree must include coursework in math, chemistry, and biology
(Only required if English is not your native language)
Course Number: ENTO 801
Functions and other phenomena associated with the major organ systems of insects; the cuticle, nervous, circulatory, digestive, metabolism, nutrition, locomotion, reproduction, respiration, and growth and development.
Course Number: ENTO 806
Prereq: NRES/BIOS 220 and 222. ENTO 406/806 is offered spring semester of odd-numbered calendar years. Offered on in the spring semester of odd-numbered calendar years. Interrelationships of the biotic and abiotic factors as they influence insect development, behavior, distribution, and abundance.
|Insect Identification and Natural History||4|
Course Number: ENTO 818
Prereq: Introductory course in entomology. Credit toward the degree may not be earned in both ENTO 800 and ENTO *818. Application of entomology to legal issues. Criminal investigations, insects of forensic importance, insect succession on carrion, and case studies.
Course Number: ENTO 802
(ENTO 402; BIOS 885; NRES 802) (2 cr II) Lec 2. Prereq: 12 hrs biological sciences or permission Biology and ecology of aquatic insects.
|Management of Horticultural Crop Insects||3|
Course Number: ENTO 803
Prereq: Introductory course in biology. Credit toward the degree cannot be earned in both ENTO 303 and ENTO 403/803. Biology, ecology and management of insect pests of horticultural crops such as vegetables, fruit trees, trees and shrubs, greenhouse crops, turf and ornamentals. Employs IPM strategies to maintain pests below damaging levels while minimizing the use of traditional insecticides.
|Insect Control by Host Plant Resistance||3|
Course Number: ENTO 809
Explore resistance of crops to herbivorous arthropods. Investigate how insect behavior and physiology are affected by resistance, critically review current research on plant resistance genes, and the molecular, biochemical and physiological aspects of insect/microbe interactions with host plants. Prereqs: 12 hrs agricultural sciences and/or biological sciences including one course in entomology and one course in genetics.
|Insects as Educational Tools for the Classroom||3|
Course Number: ENTO 810
Prereq: Introductory entomology course or permission. Class taught via Blackboard. Offered fall semester. Insect diversity, insect structure and function, insect ecology and behavior, and the beneficial and detrimental roles of insects. Integrates the study of insects into the classroom to enhance science education.
|Entomology and Pest Management||3|
Course Number: ENTO 812
Prereq: Introductory course in entomology. Principles and practices of managing insect pests. Pest management theory, use of sampling, evaluation, tactics, types of insect pests, and current issues.
|Biological Control of Pests||3|
Course Number: ENTO 813
Prereq: 12 hrs BIOS and/or agricultural sciences. ENTO/PLPT 813 is offered spring semester of even-numbered calendar years.Principles and practices of using natural enemies and antagonists to manage the abundance of pests and reduce economic losses.
Course Number: ENTO 814
Prereq: An introductory course in entomology. Application of entomology to legal issues. Criminal investigations, insects of forensic importance, insect succession on carrion, and case studies.
Course Number: ENTO 815
Prereqs: Introductory course in ENTO. Direct and indirect importance of insects in human medicine. Principles of arthropod-borne disease, medically important arthropod groups, and arthropod-transmitted diseases.
Course Number: ENTO 819
Prereq: An introductory course in entomology. Offered in the summer of even-numbered calendar years. Principles of animal behavior as applied to insects and terrestrial arthropods. Techniques in studying insect behavior.
Course Number: ENTO 820
(3 cr I) Lec 3. Prereq: 12 hrs BIOS; 4 hrs organic chemistry.Offered fall semester of even-numbered calendar years.Principles of toxicology, insecticide classification, mode of action, metabolism and consequences of insecticide use.
|Management of Agronomic Insects||3|
Course Number: ENTO 825
Lec 3. Prereq: An introductory entomology course. Identification, biology, ecology and management of insect pests of agronomic crops such as corn, soybeans, sorghum, wheat, and alfalfa. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies employed to maintain pests below damaging levels while minimizing the use of traditional insecticides.
Course Number: ENTO 826
(3 cr II) Ind. Prereq: 12 hrs agricultural and/or biological sciences. Offered spring semester of even-numbered calendar years. Prepare scientifically accurate, high quality illustrations and graphics for the teaching, presentation, and publication of scientific information. Drawing techniques, drafting, copyright, and publication and presentation of scientific art work.
|Population and Ecological Genetics||3|
Course Number: ENTO 827
Introduction to key theoretical concepts in population genetics and their application. Mutation, genetic drift, structured populations, natural selection, molecular evolution. Prereqs: Introductory Genetics, Introductory Algebra
|Introduction to the Development of Distance Education Courses||3|
Course Number: ENTO 830
Introduction to practical aspects of developing and facilitating distance education courses. Create and facilitate interaction, assessments, course delivery, assignments, course etiquette and ADA compliance. Develop a distance course module grounded in distance education theory and instructional design principles.
|MS Degree Project||4|
Course Number: ENTO 888
Prereq: Completion of 24 hrs toward the MS degree. Application of graduate course work for the non-thesis MS degree program.
|Independent Study in Entomology||1-6|
Course Number: ENTO 896
(1-6 cr, max 12 I,II,III) Prereq: 12 hrs biological sciences or agricultural sciences. Individual or group projects in research, literature review, or extension of course work under supervision and evaluation of a departmental faculty member. Independent study contracts for ENTO 896 must be filed with department.
Course Number: ENTO 915
This course prepares entomology graduate students to give scientific and public presentations. It includes instruction in preparing posters and on-screen shows, image editing, finding entomological resources in libraries and on the internet, insect photography, and public speaking. Students develop a portfolio of their work, and they make two 12- and one 30-minute presentations to their classmates. Prereq: Permission
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