Refine A-Z

By College

By subject

Insect Ecology and Conservation

Insect Ecology and Conservation student beekeeping

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 in the nation 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


The Entomology Club

The Wildlife Society

Ducks Unlimited

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)

Equestrian Team

Food Science Club

Horticulture Club

Food Marketing Club

Sigma Alpha Sorority (SA)

Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures (VIDA)

Sample curriculum



New Student Seminar

Wildlife Conservation and Ecology



Insects and Society and lab


BISC207 and 208

Introductory Biology



General Chemistry






Seminar in Composition



University and College Breadth Courses



General Ecology






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



Insects in Agricultural & Urban Environments






Insect and Ecology Conservation



Course from Group I - Insects



Course from Group II - Plants



Course from Group III - Communication



University and College Breadth Courses



Conservation Biology



Insect Anatomy and Physiology



Insect Identification-Taxonomy



Senior Capstone Experience



Courses from Group I - Insects



Course from Group III - Communication



University and College Breadth Courses


Ready for the next step? 


My Blue Hen Home

Go Global
at UD

Study Abroad

World Scholars 

See how recent Insect Ecology and Conservation grads are succeeding 

Career Outcomes