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.
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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)
Transfer to Insect Biology
Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.
Minimum GPA: 2.5