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Twin Cities Campus

Entomology Ph.D.

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
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Contact Information
Department of Entomology, 1980 Folwell Avenue, 219 Hodson Hall, St. Paul, MN 55108 (612-624-3636; fax: 612-625-5299)
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 48
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Entomology centers on the study of insects and includes specializations in ecology, behavior, molecular biology, microbiology, neurobiology, physiology, population dynamics, systematics, and taxonomy. Specialized or applied areas include apiculture, biological control, cell culture, insect conservation, insect-vector relations, integrated pest management, and modeling. Research programs are active in aquatic systems, forest systems, crop and animal agriculture, human health, and natural and urban environments.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
A GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
A 3.50 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) for prior graduate work is preferred for admission.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
A bachelor's degree with a major in a biological science is a prerequisite. Preference is given to students with a broad background in the basic sciences. Admission depends primarily on applicant's undergraduate record, letters of recommendation, and the statement of interest from the applicant. GRE scores for Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing are required for admission.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must submit a complete set of official transcripts and a clearly written statement of career interests, goals, objectives and a diversity statement. Three letters of recommendation are required from persons well acquainted with the student's academic record, and should be either uploaded or sent directly to the department.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
24 credits are required in the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
Plan A: Plan A requires 20 major credits, up to credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires 30 major credits and up to credits outside the major. The final exam is oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:1-3 project reports as directed by the advisor and the advisory committee.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 1 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Students must accumulate 3 written examination points.
Core Courses
11 credits required
ENT 5021 - Insect Biodiversity and Evolution (4.0 cr)
ENT 5011 - Insect Structure and Function (4.0 cr)
ENT 5041 - Insect Ecology (3.0 cr)
Seminar Requirement
2 credits required
ENT 8300 - Graduate Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
11 or more credits required. Elective courses can be taken from entomology or any University of Minnesota program. Students must work with their advisor(s) when selecting electives outside of the entomology program. Elective courses must be taken at the graduate (4xxx-8xxx) level, but only a maximum of 9 credits from the 4xxx level may be used.
Thesis Credits
24 credits required
ENT 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral (1.0-24.0 cr)
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ENT 5021 - Insect Biodiversity and Evolution
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Ent 3021/Ent 5021
Typically offered: Every Fall
Insects are the most diverse group of organisms on Earth with almost 1 million described species. Millions more remain to be described, especially in tropical regions of the world. Insects come in a remarkable array of sizes, colors, and shapes. Taxonomists use this morphological complexity as the primary means of identifying insects, but also for inferring evolutionary relationships. In this course, we will learn how to identify insects, explore methods of collection and curation of insects, discuss their evolutionary relationships, see how insects fit in the natural world, and discuss exciting new efforts to inventory, describe, and conserve the remarkable diversity of insects.
ENT 5011 - Insect Structure and Function
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Comparative study of insect structures/functions from evolutionary perspective. Introduction to physiology of digestion, respiration, other organ systems. prereq: 3005 or instr consent
ENT 5041 - Insect Ecology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Synthetic analysis of the causes of insect diversity and of fluctuations in insect abundance. Focus on abiotic, biotic, and evolutionary mechanisms influencing insect populations and communities.
ENT 8300 - Graduate Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Oral and written reports on and discussion by students of selected topics from current literature. prereq: instr consent
ENT 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral
Credits: 1.0 -24.0 [max 100.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required