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Insect Biology

Insect Biology (a.k.a. Entomology) is the science of insects and related organisms. Insect biologists protect human and animal health, food, 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. Watch the Experience Forensic Science video.

Plan of Study

Insect Biology Webpage

Transfer to Insect Biology

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information

(765) 494-9061

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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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