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Recently closed positions: Applied NematologistQuantitative 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.


Brenna Kizer
Read about our featured undergraduate student Brenna Kizer 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.


Keith Mason
Read about our featured graduate student Keith Mason 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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  • Date: June 3, 2017
    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.

  • Date: June 18, 2017
    Location: Michigan State University Horticulture Gardens, 1066 Bogue St, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Free, fun and educational afternoon of interactive activities centered on understanding the wonderful world of pollinators.

  • Date: June 18, 2017

    Our summer open house provides an opportunity to see the Bug House at your own leisure for free. After learning about and handling some of our cuddly critters, head south to the MSU Horticulture Gardens and learn about the wonderful world of pollinators at Bee Palooza, also from 1-4 p.m. 

  • Date: June 20, 2017
    Location: The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI

    Join members of the MSU Department of Entomology for short talks from local experts about the state of pollinators and pollination in Michigan.

  • Date: June 22, 2017
    Location: American Fifth, 112 N. Larch St, Lansing, MI

    Join members of the MSU Department of Entomology for short talks from local experts about the state of pollinators and pollination in Michigan.

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Mary Gardiner
Read about our featured alum Mary Gardiner 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.

MSU's Karim Maredia is dedicated to improving agriculture and food security in places like Africa, Asia and Latin America.

MSU Entomology alumni discuss climate impacts on cherries and hops with ABC’s Good Morning America.

Wondering which plants are most attractive to beneficial insects? Join Kim Eierman as she talks with MSU's Doug Landis.