Insect Biology

College of Agriculture

Insect Biology (a.k.a Entomology) is the science of insects and related organisms. Insect biologists protect human and animal health, food, and property, and natural environments by better understanding the biology and ecology of insects. They work as scientists, educators, technicians, consultants, and specialists in urban, agricultural, and natural environments to prevent the spread of disease, feed the world, promote biodiversity, protect the environment, solve crimes, strengthen biosecurity, and teach science. Careers and interests are as diverse as the insects they work on.

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Careers in Insect Biology
  • Basic life sciences (e.g., biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, genomics, neurobiology and physiology, behavior, ecology, systematics  and evolutionary biology)
  • Pest management (e.g., crop and livestock, forest, turf, urban and industrial, public health)
  • Environmental and ecosystem sciences (e.g., aquatics, biodiversity, ecology, conservation biology, toxicology)
  • Regulatory sciences (e.g., risk management, compliance and regulatory specialists)
  • Education (e.g., teachers, science educators [including zoos, museums and nature centers], extension specialists)
  • Specialties (e.g., apiculture, forensic science)
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