The three-fold mission of the Department of Entomology is to 1) conduct research to better understand insects and their impact on humanity, 2) provide distinguished education in all aspects of insect biology, and 3) disseminate information about insects to improve the quality of life of the people of Arizona and the world.
The Department provides instruction to students planning careers in entomology and related fields. Graduates of the Department find fulfilling work as researchers, educators, consultants, and entrepreneurs in academia, government, and private industry.
The Department offers programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Courses of study emphasize independent thought and scholarly endeavor in both basic and applied areas of insect biology. Departmental programs include genetics, physiology, behavior, ecology, evolution, systematics, social insect biology, medical entomology, integrated pest management, and resistance management.
Graduate assessment includes the formal measures of course grades, thesis and dissertation examinations and defenses, as well as less formal measures such as committee meetings, and on-campus and off-campus presentations. We have an excellent record of retention in our programs and also in position placement following graduation.
Knowledge in Entomology
- Fundamental knowledge of Entomology, including a broad and thorough understanding of the diversity, ecology and physiology of insects.
- Critical thinking, reading and writing, and presentation in biology, including the ability to design experiments, the use of appropriate techniques in performance and analysis of experiments, writing publishable manuscripts, and presentation of results in a seminar and/or poster format.