Entomology, MS

Master of Science Degree in Entomology

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 30
  • $357.00
  • $676.00

Program Overview

The online Entomology, MS program is designed for science professionals who are interested in broadening their skill sets and education in Entomology. The flexibility of this program allows students to create a program that is specific to an individual's needs and interests. Students will be able to apply the coursework from this program directly to their professions. 

Through coursework, students will:

  • Develop a theoretical and applied understanding of entomology 
  • Gain a knowledge base, enabling them to examine entomological problems and develop strategies to address these problems  
  • Enhance analysis and synthesis of divergent viewpoints  
  • Develop new professional skills and knowledge applicable to their career field

Students gain a well-rounded understanding of Entomology as a whole and are able to focus coursework in areas such as:  

  • Forensic and medical entomology 
  • Natural history 
  • Insects in education 
  • Insect pest management, toxicology and biological control 
  • Insect ecology, physiology and biochemistry 
  • Plant resistance

Upon completion of the program, students have the option to excel in a multitude of career areas: 

  • Middle and high school teachers
  • Zoos, botanical gardens, butterfly houses  
  • Seed industry 
  • Agrochemical industry 
  • Food industry 
  • Crop consultation 
  • Urban pest control  
  • Military pest control

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    Undergraduate degree must include coursework in math, chemistry, and biology

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. 3 letters of recommendation

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for Graduate Studies
  2. Pay $50 application fees
  3. Submit separate application to academic department

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ENTO 801Insect Physiology3
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.
ENTO 818Insect Identification and Natural History4
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.
ENTO 806Insect Ecology3
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.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ENTO 813Biological Control of Pests3
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.
ENTO 803Management of Horticultural Crop Insects3
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.
ENTO 810Insects as Educational Tools for the Classroom3
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.
ENTO 896Independent Study in Entomology1 - 6
(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.
ENTO 827Population and Ecological Genetics3
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
ENTO 809Insect Control by Host Plant Resistance3
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.
ENTO 888MS Degree Project4
Prereq: Completion of 24 hrs toward the MS degree. Application of graduate course work for the non-thesis MS degree program.
ENTO 802Aquatic Insects2
(ENTO 402; BIOS 885; NRES 802) (2 cr II) Lec 2. Prereq: 12 hrs biological sciences or permission Biology and ecology of aquatic insects.
ENTO 814Forensic Entomology3
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.
ENTO 815Medical Entomology3
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.
ENTO 825Management of Agronomic Insects3
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.
ENTO 826Scientific Illustration3
(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.
ENTO 820Insect Toxicology3
(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.
ENTO 915Presentation Methods0
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
ENTO 830Introduction to the Development of Distance Education Courses3
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.
ENTO 819Insect Behavior3
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.
ENTO 812Entomology and Pest Management3
Principles embodied in the implementation of multifaceted tactics designed to successfully manage insect populations.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Tom Weissling, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Distance Education Coordinator

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.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.