The Michigan State University Department of Entomology excels in research, extension and teaching to address the issues that confront the people of Michigan, our nation and the world. MSU’s entomologists look for systemic solutions across disciplines to address critical issues. We offer B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. 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 between a major or minor in Entomology to 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 the communities and ecosystems where they occur, whether they are 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. The Department strives 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 (EEBB).

Learn more about Entomology graduate studies.


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  • Entomology Seminar: Gregg Howe, MSU

    Date: November 30, 2015
    Location: Gordon Guyer Conference Room, 244 Natural Science

    “Plant Defense Against Insect Herbivores: Revisiting the ‘Dilemma’ to Grow and Defend”

    Gregg Howe, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University

  • Bug House Open House

    Date: December 14, 2015
    Location: 146-147 Natural Science Building

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

  • Entomology Faculty Meeting

    Date: December 18, 2015
    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.


  • Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony

    Date: December 18, 2015
    Location: Jack Breslin Student Events Center


  • CANR Undergraduate Commencement

    Date: December 19, 2015
    Location: Breslin Student Events Center

    Doors open one hour and 15 minutes early

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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.