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This Department of Entomology major prepares students for careers in biology as well as careers that require insect expertise. Students who have an interest in biology and who enjoy working with insects find many opportunities. Entomologists use biotechnology and cutting-edge science to solve important health, food security, environmental and economic issues. There is a wide diversity of job opportunities in private corporations, government agencies, the military, universities, museums and zoos. Graduates can successfully pursue small business or private consulting opportunities. Graduates find work in the United States or abroad in research and development, technical support, sales, employee training, education, forensics or regulatory affairs, or they prepare for graduate or professional degrees.

Credit Hours Required: 130 (See Core Graduation Requirements for Additional Information.)

Freshman Year

First Semester
Second Semester
(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University) (3) CHM 11200 (General Chemistry)
(0.5) AGR 11700 (Introduction to Entomology Academic Programs) (4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)
(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry) (3) ENTM 21000 (Introduction to Insect Behavior)
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication) (4) Biological sciences selective
(2) ENTM 20600 (General Entomology) (3) Social science selective
(1) ENTM 20700 (General Entomology Laboratory)
(4) Biological sciences selective
(3) Calculus selective
(17) (17)

Sophomore Year

Third Semester
Fourth Semester
(4) CHM 25700 (Organic Chemistry) (3) BCHM 30700 (Biochemistry)
(3) Humanities selective (1) BCHM 30900 (Biochemistry Laboratory)
(4) Insect diversity and identification selective (3) ENTM 31100 (Insect Ecology)
(3) Mathematics and sciences selective (3) PHYS 21400 (The Nature of Physics)
(3) Elective (3) Entomology selective
(3) Philosophy of science, logic or critical thinking selective
(17) (16)

Junior Year

Fifth Semester
Sixth Semester
(3) AGRY 32000 (Genetics) (3) Entomology selective
(1) AGRY 32100 (Genetics Laboratory) (3) Environmental issues selective
(1) ENTM 49200 (Capstone Experience in Entomology I) (3) Insect structure and function selective
(3) Economics selective (3) Social science or humanities selective
(3) Insect pest management selective (3) Elective
(3) Statistics selective
(3) Written or oral communication selective
(17) (15)

Senior Year

Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(3) Humanities selective (1) ENTM 49300 (Capstone Experience in Entomology II)
(3) Mathematics and sciences selective (3) Botanical sciences selective
(3) Social science or humanities selective (30000+ level) (6) Mathematics and sciences selectives
(6) Electives (6) Electives
(15) (16)