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Insect Ecology and Conservation

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology

 

Conserving insects, the foundation of the world’s biodiversity

 

Conserving insects, the foundation of the world’s biodiversity, is the first step towards protecting the planet. Insects are becoming extinct faster than any other group of species.  From their role as major pest species threatening global food security to their use as a nutritious protein source that could help feed the world, the integrity and maintenance of insect diversity is one of the grand challenges facing coming generations. Join our Insect Ecology and Conservation major and experience a hands-on education that will empower you to make a difference in the stewardship of our planet.

Areas of study

  • Insect Ecology
  • Taxonomy/Systematics
  • Morphology
  • Evolution
  • Physiology
  • Pest Management
  • Insect Behavior

 

Career options

  • Insect Ecologist
  • Insect Taxonomist
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Policy Maker
  • Pest Management Consultant
  • Cooperative Extension Specialist
  • Pest Management Regulator

 

Graduate programs

  • Insect Ecology
  • Pollination Biology
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Insect Biological Control
  • Insect Biological Control
  • Conservation Biology
  • Zoology
  • Environmental Education

What’s special about this program?

 

We are the only university that offers an undergraduate major in Insect Ecology and Conservation. Our unique emphasis on ecology and conservation sets us apart from other traditional, stand-alone programs across the country and allows you to receive a more holistic training in the natural sciences. We will provide you with a distinctive curriculum that is tailored to your interests. Moreover, the emphasis of our program is the interface between insects and other living organisms and systems. Your exploration will start in the classroom and quickly move into our indoor and outdoor laboratories.  We have a dedicated faculty that will work very closely with you through undergraduate research, in-class field opportunities and optional study abroad trips to Costa Rica, Tanzania, Southeast Asia and Peru, to name a few.

Get involved

 

Ag Ambassadors

Agricultural College Council (AgCC)

Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity (AGR)

Alpha Zeta (AZ)

Animal Science Club

Collegiate 4-H

Collegiate FFA

Design Articulture (DART)

Ducks Unlimited

The Entomology Club

Equestrian Team

Food Science Club

Horticulture Club

National AgriMarketing Association (NAMA)

Sigma Alpha Sorority (SA)

Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures (VIDA)

The Wildlife Society

Sample curriculum

FRESHMAN

ENWC165

 

New Student Seminar
ENWC201

Wildlife Conservation and Ecology

 

ENWC205/215

Insects and Society and lab

 

BISC207 and 208

Introductory Biology

 

CHEM107/108

General Chemistry

 

MATH115

Pre-Calculus

 

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

 

University and College Breadth Courses

 

SOPHOMORE

BISC302

General Ecology

 

PLSC101

Botany

 

APEC135

Introduction to Data Analysis

 

 

Course from Group II - Plants

 

 

Course from Group III - Communication

 

 

Course from Group IV - Policy and Culture

 

 

University and College Breadth Courses

 

 

Multicultural Requirement

 

JUNIOR

ENWC311

Insects in Agricultural & Urban Environments

 

ENWC495

Evolution

 

ENWC346

Insect and Ecology Conservation

 

 

Course from Group I - Insects

 

 

Course from Group II - Plants

 

 

Course from Group III - Communication

 

 

University and College Breadth Courses

 

SENIOR

ENWC456

Conservation Biology

 

ENWC405

Insect Anatomy and Physiology

 

ENWC406

Insect Identification-Taxonomy

 

ENWC465

Senior Capstone Experience

 

 

Courses from Group I - Insects

 

 

Course from Group III - Communication

 

 

University and College Breadth Courses