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Feb 18th, 2019


Program Advisers


Walt Pett

Chris DiFonzo 517-353-5328

MSU Entomology Department
243 Natural Science Building East Lansing, MI 48824

The History of Entomology at Michigan State University

In 1857, Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) was the first agricultural land grant college established in the United States. Entomology was part of the curriculum from the very beginning; the first course on insects was taught in 1858. The Department of Entomology was established in 1906.


The Department has since grown to over 160 faculty, staff, and students housed in the Natural Science Building on the beautiful Michigan State University campus in East Lansing. The insect museum, started in 1862, is now the A.J. Cook Arthropod Collection, with over a million specimens. The Department coordinates an agricultural research farm and apiary on campus, and the Trevor Nichols Fruit Research Complex in Fennville, MI. The Bug House, one of the first facilities of its kind, provides entomology education for the general public.

The Undergraduate Entomology degree at Michigan State University
The MSU undergraduate program in Entomology leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. Courses are designed to give the student an understanding of the structure, function, identification, biology, ecology, and management of beneficial and harmful insects, and the communities and ecosystems where insects live. The degree also requires a significant number of credits in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics so that students have the necessary academic background to pursue graduate study.

Requirements for the BS Degree in Entomology
1) MSU requirements:
* Minimum total of 120 credits; integrative studies courses Tier 2 writing course

2) College Requirements:
* At least 26 credits in the College of Ag and Natural Resources

3) Departmental requirements (64 credits total):
* BS 110 Organisms-Populations and BS 111 Cells-Molecules
* CEM 141 General Chem, CEM 143 Organic Chem, and CEM 161 Lab
* PHY 231 Physics I, PHY 232 Physics II, and PHY 251 Lab
* CSE 101 Computing Concepts

* MTH 124 Calculus I and MTH 126 Calculus II or STT 421 Statistics
* CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science
* PLB 218 Plants of Michigan
* ZOL 355 Ecology and ZOL 355L Ecology Lab
* ENT 404 Fundamentals of Entomology
* ENT 470 Nematology or ENT 478 IPM (Tier 2 Writing)
* At least 16 additional credits in Entomology



Higher equivalent course substitutions may be made for chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses with adviser approval. Students who pass a waiver examination will not be required to complete Computer Science and Engineering 101.


Opportunities for students
Entomology students have access to many opportunities outside of the classroom, including research projects and paid summer jobs in many entomology faculty programs. Some companies, such as Rose Pest Solutions, also offer summer internships to department undergraduates.

Undergraduate students are eligible for departmental funding to support travel to scientific meetings, such as the annual National Entomological Society meeting, or for Study Abroad Programs.

Using your degree
Insects are everywhere, and so are people who work with insects! Insects are important in careers that involve agriculture, natural resources, human & veterinary medicine, forensic investigation, ecology, biomonitoring, genetics, molecular biology, and toxicology. Careers may involve many activities, including teaching, research, public outreach, regulatory inspection, pest scouting and control, and insect rearing. Entomologists work for schools and universities, museums, parks, and zoos, agribusiness, pest control companies, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and the military.

Mark 'Shep' Sheperdigian, a board-certified entomologist with Rose Pest Solutions
and a graduate of the MSU Entomology Department,
checks a drain for an insect infestation.