Urban Pest Management

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.


Email | 352.273.3923

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


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.

Urban Pest Management

This specialization is for entry to the pest control industry. Students receive instruction about arthropods, nematodes, plant diseases and weeds with reference to the pest problems in residential and commercial property. A business curriculum prepares students for management responsibilities. Students planning to attend graduate school should consult an advisor for appropriate math, chemistry and physics courses.

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
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking 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

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
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
Select one: 3-4
Integrated Principles of Biology 1
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological Sciences)
Introductory Botany (Critical Tracking)
Select one: 3
Expository and Argumentative Writing
Technical Writing
Professional Writing in the Discipline (State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement)
MAC 1147 Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Mathematics) 4
Elective 1
Semester Two
BSC 2011
Integrated Principles of Biology 2
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological Sciences)
CHM 1025 Introduction to Chemistry (if needed; or select an elective) 2
Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Semester Three
Quest 2 (Gen Ed International or Diversity) 3
AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication 3
CHM 2045
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
Semester Four
Select one: 3-4
Economic Issues, Food and You
Principles of Microeconomics (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences)
AEC 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences 3
ENY 2890 Using Insect Research to Understand the Nature of Scientific Engagement 3
Select one: 3
Applied Physics 1 (Critical Tracking)
Introduction to Principles of Physics (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
PHY 2004L Laboratory for Applied Physics 1 (or select an elective) 1 1
Summer After Semester Four
ENY 3005
Principles of Entomology
and Principles of Entomology Laboratory (Gen Ed Biological Sciences; must be taken on campus)
ENY 3222C Biology and Identification of Urban Pests 3
Approved Business elective 3
Semester Five
ENY 4161 Insect Classification (must be taken on campus) 3
Select one: 4
and Microbiology Laboratory
Fundamentals of Plant Pathology
ORH 3513C Environmental Plant Identification and Use 3
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 3
Semester Six
BCN 1210 Construction Materials 3
Select one: 3-5
Food Microbiology
and Food Microbiology Laboratory
Introduction to Soils in the Environment
IPM 3022 Fundamentals of Pest Management (Critical Tracking) 3
Approved elective (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed International or Diversity) 3
Summer After Semester Six
ENY 3225C Principles of Urban Pest Management 3
ENY 4230 Urban Pesticide Application 3
Approved Business elective 3
Semester Seven
ENY 4660
Medical and Veterinary Entomology
and Medical and Veterinary Entomology Laboratory (Critical Tracking; must be taken on campus)
NEM 3002 Principles of Nematology 3
PLS 4601C Principles of Weed Science 3
Approved Business elective 3
Semester Eight
BCN 3223C Soils and Concrete 3
EVS 3000 Environmental Science 1 3
ENY 4453 Behavioral Ecology and Systematics (Critical Tracking) 3
Approved Business elective 4
 Total Credits120

Select an elective if PHY 2020 was taken.

Business Electives | 13 Credits Minimum

AEB 3122Financial Planning for Agribusiness3
AEB 3133Principles of Agribusiness Management3
AEB 3144Introduction to Agricultural Finance3
AEB 4085Agricultural Risk Management and the Law3
AEB 4123Agricultural and Natural Resource Law3
AEB 4424Human Resources Management in Agribusiness3
BUL 4310The Legal Environment of Business4
MAN 3025Principles of Management4
MAR 3023Principles of Marketing4
PUR 3000Principles of Public Relations3

Other Electives

FOS 4202Food Safety and Sanitation2
ORH 3222CTurfgrass Culture4
ORH 4236COrnamental Landscape Management3
PLP 3103CControl of Plant Diseases3

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)


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

Critical Thinking

  1. Acquire, analyze and synthesize entomological information.


  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