The Department of Entomology 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.
Students chose between a PhD in Entomology and a dual PhD in Entomology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior (EEBB). Visit the EEBB web site for details on this interdisciplinary graduate program.
Requirements for earning the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Entomology
A specific number of course credits is not required, but early in the student's program the guidance committee in consultation with the student develops a list of proposed courses and a tentative dissertation subject (24 dissertation research credits are required). The student is expected to acquire a broad knowledge of entomology and to demonstrate competence in each of the following areas:
- Applied entomology
- Insect systematics-morphology
- Physiology-toxicology, and
The student must pass a doctoral qualification examination which primarily consists of the defense of a dissertation proposal. Written and oral doctoral comprehensive examinations are required on philosophical issues and in the three or more areas of study specified by the guidance committee. Participation in the department's teaching program is highly encouraged.
In addition to the program developed by the guidance committee for a research specialty, the student must acquire an area of knowledge separate and distinct from those research competencies. This is called the Enrichment requirement and is earned with a minimum of 9 credits or its equivalent. The guidance committee and the student must unanimously agree on the area selected for enrichment and it must be approved by Entomology's Graduate Committee.