Biological Science of Insects

This biological science includes the study of insects, mites, ticks, spiders, and nematodes. These creatures can have both helpful and harmful effects on our food, environment, and health. Entomology and Nematology students study ecology, medically significant arthropods, social insects, insect management, physiology, behavior, evolution, natural ecosystem cycles, and systematics.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

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.
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P.O. Box 110620
1881 Natural Area Drive, Bldg. 970 
STEINMETZ HALL
GAINESVILLE FL 32611-0620
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 Curriculum

The Department of Entomology and Nematology offers the major. Faculty within the department cover areas in systematics, ecology, medically significant arthropods, social insects, insect management, physiology, behavior, evolution and natural ecosystem cycles. The department has a long tradition of sending students to medical, veterinary and dental school. Graduate school prospects are also high and employment options using entomology are versatile.

Biological Science of Insects

This option prepares students for entry to entomological careers and to graduate school. Except with undergraduate coordinator permission, students are expected to complete the following courses on campus; other ENY courses can be taken online:

ENY 3005Principles of Entomology2
ENY 3005LPrinciples of Entomology Laboratory1
ENY 4161Insect Classification3
ENY 4660Medical and Veterinary Entomology2
ENY 4660LMedical and Veterinary Entomology Laboratory1

Minimum grades of C are required for all core courses. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA for specialization electives with no individual course grade less than C-.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
  • 2.5 GPA on math and science courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
  • 2.5 GPA on math and science courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
  • 2.5 GPA on math and science courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs
  • 2.5 GPA on math and science courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required
  • 2.0 upper division GPA required

Semester 6

Semester 7

  • Complete 1 additional major elective course, excluding labs
  • 2.0 UF GPA required
  • 2.0 upper division GPA required

Semester 8

  • Complete a minimum of 3 credits of ENY 4911 or ENY 4230
  • 2.0 UF GPA required
  • 2.0 upper division GPA required

All entomology majors in this specialization must take three credits of ENY 4905 or ENY 4911. See advisor for details.

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Select one: 3-4
Integrated Principles of Biology 1
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Biological Sciences)
Introductory Botany (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological Sciences)
Select one: State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
Expository and Argumentative Writing
Technical Writing
Professional Writing in the Discipline
MAC 1147
Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry (State Core Gen Ed Mathematics)
or Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1
4
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
 Credits13-14
Semester Two
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
Select one: 3-4
Economic Issues, Food and You
Principles of Food and Resource Economics (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences)
Principles of Microeconomics
BSC 2011
2011L
Integrated Principles of Biology 2
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological Sciences)
4
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (Gen Ed Mathematics ) 3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits16-17
Semester Three
Quest 2 (Gen Ed International) 3
AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication 3
ENY 3005
3005L
Principles of Entomology
and Principles of Entomology Laboratory (Gen Ed Biological and Physical Sciences) 1
3
CHM 2045
2045L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Biological and Physical Sciences)
4
Gen Ed Composition 3
 Credits16
Semester Four
CHM 2046
2046L
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
4
ENY 4161 Insect Classification 1 3
Select one: Gen Ed Physical Sciences 3-4
Applied Physics 1
and Laboratory for Applied Physics 1
Introduction to Principles of Physics
Ecology elective 3-4
 Credits13-15
Semester Five
AEC 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences (Critical Tracking) 3
ENY 4660
4660L
Medical and Veterinary Entomology
and Medical and Veterinary Entomology Laboratory (Critical Tracking) 1
3
IPM 3022
Fundamentals of Pest Management (Critical Tracking)
or Field Techniques in IPM
3
Select one: 3
Exotic Species and Biosecurity Issues (Critical Tracking)
Consequences of Biological Invasions (Critical Tracking)
Biological Invaders
Select one: Gen Ed Biological 4
Basic Biology of Microorganisms
and Laboratory for Basic Biology of Microorganisms
Microbiology
and Microbiology Laboratory
 Credits16
Semester Six
Select one: 3-4
Genetics
Genetics
Evolution
Select one: 3
Social Insects (Critical Tracking)
Beekeeping I (Critical Tracking)
Insects and Wildlife
Select one: 3
Challenges in Plant Resource Protection (Critical Tracking)
Principles of Urban Pest Management (Critical Tracking)
Turf and Ornamental Entomology (Critical Tracking)
Gen Ed Diversity 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits15-16
Semester Seven
Select one: 3
Problems in Entomology
Supervised Research in Entomology (Critical Tracking)
Select one: 3
Fundamentals of Plant Pathology
Principles of Plant Science
Principles of Weed Science
Approved electives 2 6
Entomology elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
Select one: 3
Problems in Entomology
Supervised Research in Entomology
NEM 3002 Principles of Nematology 3
Entomology elective 4
Approved electives 2 6
 Credits16
 Total Credits120
1

Must be taken on campus.

2

Pre-vet majors need appropriate animal science requirements as electives.


ALS 3153Agricultural Ecology3
ENY 4202Ecology of Vector-Borne Disease2
ENY 4453Behavioral Ecology and Systematics3
PCB 4043CGeneral Ecology4
WIS 3401Wildlife Ecology and Management3

The entomology and nematology curriculum develops an excellent knowledge base and an understanding of concepts and fundamental practices. Through formal courses, laboratory experimentation and individual research experience, students will learn how the scientific method is applied to the biological world at the whole organism and population levels. Students will learn to evaluate hypotheses, to acquire and interpret experimental data, and to communicate results effectively in appropriate styles. Special focus will be information on insect identification, morphology, behavior, physiology and ecology.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Pass the entomology and nematology competency exam, which will be tailored to individual specializations.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Identify insects and describe and explain insect morphology, physiology and behavior.

Critical Thinking

  1. Acquire, analyze and synthesize entomological information.

Communication

  1. Communicate proficiently in the sciences in oral and written forms.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3
AEC 3030C A
AEC 3033C A
ENY 3005 I, A I, A I
ENY 3005L A A
ENY 4161 R, A R, A

Assessment Types

  • Assignments
  • Exams
  • Course grades
  • Research collection