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.


Lidia Komondy
Read about our featured undergraduate student Lidia Komondy 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.


Danielle Kirkpatrick
Read about our featured graduate student Danielle Kirkpatrick 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.


  • Featured entomology undergraduate student Lidia Komondy

    Undergraduate student Lidia Komondy shares her best experiences with entomology and why she thinks honey bees are cute.


  • MSU Entomology class project featured in Science

    Photo credit: Dave Cappaert,

    It’s not every day your class project is featured in the world’s leading scientific journal, but it can happen. Just ask Michigan State University graduate students Liz Davidson-Lowe, Bahodir Eschanov, Sara Hermann, Andrew Myers, Logan Rowe and Saisi Xue.

  • Szendrei leads project on developing new tools to help organic cucurbit growers

    Zsofia Szendrei looks at a mustard plot in a cucumber field.

    Vegetable entomologist Zsofia Szendrei is leading a team of researchers to develop new tools to help organic cucurbit growers address their most pressing needs with a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture.

  • New Entomologist Wetzel’s research on plant diversity published in Nature

    William “Will” Wetzel, Michigan State University’s new entomologist, is the lead author in a recent study published in “Nature” on why a field with a variety of plants seems to attract fewer plant-eating insects than farm land with just one type of crop.

  • Landis and Delfosse honored as new ESA fellows

    Entomologists Doug Landis and Ernest “Del” Delfosse have been named fellows of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) for their outstanding contributions to entomology and career achievements that inspire other entomologists.

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  • Date: October 30, 2016
    Location: 146-147 Natural Science Building

    Please note that the date to this event has changed to Sunday, Oct. 30.

    Join us from 1-4 p.m. for our Halloween Open House at the Bug House, where you can hold and learn about some creepy crawlers! 

  • Date: October 31, 2016
    Location: Gordon Guyer Conference Room, 244 Natural Science

    “The Plague, Shakespeare, The Hearse Song, etc.: Historical Accounts of Insects and Death” by Dr. Christine Picard, Indiana University

  • Date: November 8, 2016
    Location: Gordon Guyer Conference Room, 244 Natural Science

    “Mites Associated with Vertebrate Carrion in North America: Potential Utility in Forensic Entomology” by Dr. Barry O’Connor, University of Michigan

  • Date: November 12, 2016
    Location: MSU Pavilion

    41st Annual AutumnFest

    MSU Pavilion for Agriculture & Livestock Education

    3.5 hours before the kickoff of the MSU vs. Rutgers football game. 

    For more information visit the AutumnFest website at


  • Date: November 14, 2016
    Location: 146-147 Natural Science Building

    Our Monday night 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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Dan Lawson
Read about our featured alum Dan Lawson 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 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.

How can we help bees and ensure that farmers continue to get consistent, reliable pollination?