Join MSU Entomology! We have two tenure-system openings for assistant professors: 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.


Jessica Kalin
Read about our featured undergraduate student Jessica Kalin 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.


Charles Coslor
Read about our featured graduate student Charles Coslor 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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  • Entomology Seminar: Wei-Min Wu, Stanford University

    Date: February 11, 2016
    Location: Gordon Guyer Conference Room, 244 Natural Science

    “Biodegradation and mineralization of polystyrene by mealworms (the larvae of Tenebrio molitor Linnaeus)”

    Wei-Min Wu, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, William & Cloy Codiga Resource Recovery Center, Stanford University

  • Entomology Seminar: Zachary Huang, MSU

    Date: February 15, 2016
    Location: Gordon Guyer Conference Room, 244 Natural Science

    “Drugged and Driven: Transportation Exacerbates Pesticide Toxicity in Honey Bees”

    Zachary Huang, Department of Entomology, MSU

  • Entomology Faculty Meeting

    Date: February 19, 2016
    Location: Gordon Guyer Conference Room, 244 Natural Science

    This year, the faculty meetings will be held on a new date and time. Meetings are scheduled for the third Friday of the month from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings will take place in the Gordon Guyer Conference Room, 244 Natural Science. If a meeting date needs to be changed or cancelled, you will be notified as soon as possible.

  • Entomology Seminar: Erin Morris, US Forest Service

    Date: February 22, 2016
    Location: Gordon Guyer Conference Room, 244 Natural Science

    “Mix and Match: What Happens When an Invasive Woodwasp, Sirex Noctilio, Brings its own Parasites and Symbionts to North American Pine Communities?”

    Erin Morris, US Forest Service

  • Entomology Seminar: Tracy Leskey, USDA-ARS

    Date: February 29, 2016
    Location: Gordon Guyer Conference Room, 244 Natural Science

    “Pheromone-Based Decision Support Tools and Management Tactics for the Invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug”

    Tracy Leskey, USDA-ARS

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Gloria Degrandi-Hoffman
Read about our featured alum Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman 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.

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.

Ke Dong and colleagues are working to combat resistant mosquitoes.