Entomology, MS

Person with insect

The world of insects is now online.

From forensics to pest management, a master's in entomology degree opens the door to new career opportunities in agriculture, education and science professions.

Program Description

This online Master of Science degree in Entomology provides a general background in entomology by emphasizing coursework in a variety of areas:

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

In addition, the online Masters in Entomology (MS) degree program’s flexibility allows you to complete coursework in other areas that are specific to your needs and interests. As a degree program designed for science professionals, the courses stress the ability to apply this training to one's job and interests.

The entomology master's program provides a general background in entomology to help you:

  • 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

You'll have the opportunity to apply the training you receive in this online program to your individual profession. Faculty in the Department of Entomology strive to build programs designed to meet the needs of individual students.

Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

Academic Year 2014 - 2015

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change.


Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$325.50$25.00$9.25$4.00$363.75
3 credit hour$976.50$75.00$27.75$12.00$1,091.25

Non-Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$609.00$25.00$9.25$4.00$647.25
3 credit hour$1,827.00$75.00$27.75$12.00$1,941.75

Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $20.00 registration fee each semester they enroll in courses.

The online Entomology master's degree program follows the requirements for an Option III masters degree, this is a non-thesis option:

  • 36 credit hours of graduate level coursework
  • 18 credit hours in entomology
  • At least 18 hours from graduate courses that do not have an undergraduate counterpart
  • At least 18 credit hours from UNL.
  • Specific course requirements are determined between the student and an adviser
  • The degree can be completed in as few as 2 years, but typically would take 3 to 4 years
  • Transfer credits from other fully accredited institutions may be applied to the degree

View course schedules for this degree program.

Course Name
Course #
Credits
Core Courses

Insect Ecology

ENTO 806
3
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.

Independent Study in Entomology

ENTO 896
1-6
(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.

Insect Identification and Natural History

ENTO 818
4
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.

MS Degree Project

ENTO 888
4
Prereq: Completion of 24 hrs toward the MS degree. Application of graduate course work for the non-thesis MS degree program.
Elective Courses

Insect Identification and Natural History

ENTO 818
4
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.

Insect Behavior

ENTO 819
3
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.

Management of Horticultural Crop Insects

ENTO 803
3
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.

Independent Study in Entomology

ENTO 896
1-6
(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.

Insect Toxicology

ENTO 820
3

(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.

Independent Study: Host Plant Resistance

ENTO 896D
1-6
(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.

Independent Study: Insect Physiology

ENTO 896J
1-6
(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.

Advanced Topics in Entomology: Presentation...

ENTO 991B
2

Advanced Topics in Entomology: Presentation Methods

Prereq: Permission Course offered as the need arises. The amount of credit is determined by the instructor at the time the course is offered. May be repeated for credit. Advanced study of selected topics not presented in established courses.

Management of Agronomic Insects

ENTO 825
3
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.

Scientific Illustration

ENTO 826
3
(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.

International Plant Protection

ENTO 896
3
For more information about this course, contact Dr. John Foster, 402.472.8686, jfoster1@unl.edu

Aquatic Insects

ENTO 802
2
(ENTO 402; BIOS 885; NRES 802) (2 cr II) Lec 2. Prereq: 12 hrs biological sciences or permission Biology and ecology of aquatic insects.

Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation

ENTO 896
3
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.

Forensic DNA Analysis

ENTO 896
3
Provides students with a basic understanding of DNA and forensic DNA analysis. Topics include basic DNA principles such as: DNA structure and function, chromosomes, genes, genetic markers, population variation, DNA polymorphisms, and methods of DNA analysis. This course includes the history of DNA typing, and its use in human identification and how evidence is collected and analyzed for use in a court of law. Also, DNA extraction and quantification, forensic DNA typing systems, such as markers and biology of Short Tandem Repeats (STRs) and Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs), plus Y chromosome DNA testing and Mitochondrial DNA analysis will be discussed. Forensic issues and complicating factors like multiple ontributors, DNA degradation, extraneous substances, PCR inhibition, and low copy number amplifications will be explained.

Invasive Pests and International Trade

ENTO 896
3
This course will focus on the issues of invasive pests and international trade. Topics will include linkages between pests and trade, pathways of pest invasions, and the social, environmental, and economic impacts of the introduction of agricultural pests. The course will be delivered in three modules. Module 1 covers the history of pest introductions and its impact on global agriculture and trade. Module 2 covers pest risk analysis and practices from a global perspective. Module 3 covers international approaches and cooperation in preventing and controlling exotic pests. Principles of plant quarantine, regulatory approaches, the benefits of collaboration, and some key practical examples will be reviewed.

Introduction to Forensic Photography

FORS 898
1

Bloodstains as Evidence

FORS 898
1

Insect Ecology

ENTO 806
3
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.

Urban and Industrial Entomology

ENTO 807
3
Prereq: BIOS 101 and 101L or permission; ENTO 115 recommended. Offered fall semester of odd-numbered years. Insects and selected vertebrate pests that infest homes, hospitals and health facilities, museums, restaurants, grain mills, food processing plants and warehouses and their management.

Insects as Educational Tools for the Classroom

ENTO 810
3
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

ENTO 812
3
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

ENTO 813
3
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.

Forensic Entomology

ENTO 814
3
(FORS 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.

Medical Entomology

ENTO 815
3
Prereq: Introductory course in entomology: Direct and indirect importance of insects in human medicine. Principles of arthropod-borne disease, medically important arthropod groups, and arthropod-transmitted diseases.

David O. Carter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Marion D. Ellis, Ph.D., Professor

John E. Foster, Ph.D., Professor

Tiffany Heng-Moss, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Entomology

William Wyatt Hoback, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Steven B. Robertson, Lecturer

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

Robert J. Wright, Ph.D., Professor

Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in the master's in entomology program the student must have:

  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited college or university
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better required for full graduate standing
    • GPA of less than 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis for provisional admission, but students accepted on provisional admission must establish acceptable academic performance in their first semester to continue in the graduate program
  • Undergraduate coursework which includes math, chemistry, and biology. A limited number of deficiencies in coursework can be made up during the graduate program, but these will not count towards the degree

 

Application Checklist

  1. Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
  2. Apply and be admitted to the program: 
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Letter of intent: why pursuing, how it will help, current experience related to degree, what you hope to gain personally and professionally, and personal and career goals
    • Resume
    • If your native language is not English, demonstrate English proficiency by providing at least one of the following:

Paper-based TOEFL score of at least 550 Internet-based TOEFL score of at least 79

Send department application materials to:

Members of the Graduate Committee
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Department of Entomology
Attn: Dr. Tom Weissling
202 Entomology Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0816

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Applications are reviewed upon receipt of materials.

Contact

Online Worldwide Educational Representative
Phone:
888.622.0332
E-mail: online@nebraska.edu

 

Program Contact
Name:
Cheryl Griffith
Phone: 402.472.5515
E-mail:
online@unl.edu

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