About this Program

Certificates must contain at least nine credits of coursework that are unique to that program out of all other certificates and minors.

Department Information

The Entomology and Nematology Department prepares students for exciting careers in a variety of fields. Entomology and Nematology majors can enter medical, dental, or veterinary school; progress to graduate study in any of several biological sciences such as ecology, nematology, entomology, horticulture, or zoology; or move directly to a variety of careers in fields such as pest management, ecotourism, or biosecurity.


Email | 352.273.3923

P.O. Box 110620
1881 Natural Area Drive, Bldg. 970 


The current drive for globalization, increased travel and trade in food and agricultural products, emerging infectious diseases, and the threat of bioterrorism makes the field of biosecurity an area of major and widespread importance. Biosecurity involves a strategic and integrated approach to excluding, eradicating, and managing threats to human, animal and plant life and health, the environment, and global trade. The overall goal of this certificate program is to equip students with the skill set necessary for the detection, surveillance, and management of agricultural and medical threats. This certificate provides critical thinking skills for the assessment, management, and communication of the biosecurity risks and challenges facing the 21st century. The Biosecurity certificate is designed to meet the career and professional needs of those interested in, or already in industry, public health, homeland security, international security, quarantine and pest management, and organizations involved in emergency preparedness, and general threat management.

Required Courses | 9-14 Credits

ALS 4161Exotic Species and Biosecurity Issues3
ALS 4162Consequences of Biological Invasions3
ENY 4905Problems in Entomology1-5
Approved electives2-3
Total Credits9-14

Approved Electives | 2-3 Credits

ENY 3225CPrinciples of Urban Pest Management3
ENY 3510CTurf and Ornamental Entomology3
ENY 4202Ecology of Vector-Borne Disease2
FAS 4932Topics in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences1-4
FOS 4202Food Safety and Sanitation2
IPM 3022Fundamentals of Pest Management3
IPM 4114Insect Pest and Vector Management3
PLP 4101Applied Plant Disease Management3
SWS 4307Ecology of Waterborne Pathogens3