Join MSU Entomology! We have an academic specialist faculty position open for an Applied Nematologist.

Recently closed positions, Quantitative Insect Ecologist and Insect Physiologist/Chemical Ecologist.

The Michigan State University Department of Entomology excels in research, extension and teaching to address the issues confronting the people of Michigan, our nation and the world. MSU’s entomologists look for systemic solutions across disciplines to address critical issues. We offer BS, MS and PhD degrees in entomology and consider graduate student education and postdoctoral experience to be one of our highest priorities. Many of our undergraduates further enrich their studies through working in research labs, volunteering in the Bug House and taking entomology or related study abroad courses. View a photo presentation featuring faculty and their students.


Justin Baker
Read about our featured undergraduate student Justin Baker in our Featured Students section.

Our undergraduate students choose a major or minor in Entomology and earn a Bachelor of Science degree. Students learn basic and applied applications of entomology with class work in classification, identification, biology, ecology and management of beneficial and harmful arthropods. Studies explore the role of insects in communities and ecosystems as a vector of disease, a pollinator of food crops, a pest of plants or a beneficial organism. Entomology students have opportunities to work with researchers on projects in laboratories and the field. Internships and study abroad are strongly encouraged.

Learn more about Entomology undergraduate studies.


Amanda Lorenz
Read about our featured graduate student Amanda Lorenz in our Featured Students section.

Graduate education is an integral part of the Department’s research, teaching and service. We strive to develop not only skilled entomologists, but also capable scholars. Our students are assisted in selecting courses and research programs that round out their knowledge and bring it to a level where they can work creatively in the field. Graduates are successful in finding careers in research, education, regulation and commercial businesses. Masters and doctoral students may choose an optional dual degree in Entomology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior.

Learn more about Entomology graduate studies.


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  • Bug House Open House

    Date: June 4, 2016
    Location: 146-147 Natural Science Building

    As part of Be a Tourist in Your Own Town, the Bug House will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for free to the public. In addition to viewing the amazing pinned displays, kids and adults can get up close and personal with a whole room of awesome insects, including handling a few of the larger species!

  • Ecoacoustics Congress 2016

    Date: June 6, 2016 - June 8, 2016
    Location: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing, Michigan

    Scientists from around the world will be attending the in-depth conference exploring new frontiers of ecoacoustics research and development.

  • 2016 Bee Palooza

    Date: June 19, 2016
    Location: MSU Horticulture Gardens, 1066 Bogue St, East Lansing, MI 48824

    The MSU Horticulture Gardens will be buzzing with activity, as the Department of Entomology hosts the fifth annual Bee Palooza. For people of all ages, this is a free, fun and educational event organized by volunteers to provide an afternoon of interactive activities centered on understanding the wonderful world of pollinators. 

  • Science on Tap: Beezz N Brewzz

    Date: June 21, 2016
    Location: The Beer Grotto, 500 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI, 48912

    Join members of the MSU Department of Entomology at the Science on Tap: Beezz N Brewzz event. This is a fun evening for adults with short presentations about the current status of bees in Michigan with a fermented beverage angle. 

  • Bug House Open House

    Date: July 16, 2016
    Location: 146-147 Natural Science Building

    Our summer open house provides an opportunity to see the Bug House at your own leisure for free! Great event for kids and parents alike!

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Dave Epstein
Read about our featured alum Dave Epstein in the Alumni Profiles section.

Our entomology graduates hold positions at leading academic and research institutions, NGOs and industries around the globe. Visit our alumni section to read about their recent accomplishments.

David Mota-Sanchez is focusing on developing milkweeds and other butterfly-friendly plants to provide refuge for monarchs.

CANR Dean Fred Poston on his path to being an entomologist, university vice president and more in the 2015 Gary Simmons Lecture.

Undergrad tells how entomology changed her life in speech at College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Commencement.