Online Education - Student Resources


  • Department of Entomology's Online Student Handbook
  • Graduate and Professional Catalog
    This publication contains information about all programs of graduate study offered at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).
  • Residency and Time Requirements
    Option III master's degrees must complete at least 18 hours in regularly scheduled UNL courses. At least one-half of the work for a master's degree must be in the department or area constituting the student's major. The work required for a master's degree must be completed within ten consecutive years. Course work exceeding ten years will not apply toward the partial fulfillment of the degree requirements for master's degrees at UNL.
  • Scholastic Grade Requirements
    Online M.S. graduate students in Entomology must meet all department graduate program requirements, demonstrate progress on their program, and make B's or better in all  graduate courses with a 400 counterpart (400/800 classes) and a C or better in all grad only (800 or 900) courses. If a student receives an unsatisfactory grade in any course, the Online Education Committee must meet and review the academic progress of the student. Note that the Department standards for satisfactory progress and grade requirements are more stringent than those of the Graduate College.
  • Additional Requirements Established by the Department of Entomology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    The Department of Entomology has established expectations regarding satisfactory progress for all students accepted into the online M.S. in Entomology program. Students in this program are expected to enroll for at least three credit hours of course work during the Fall and Spring Semesters of each academic year until the requirements of the Option III masters degree are fulfilled. The expectation of satisfactory progress has been established to ensure the timely completion of a high-quality masters degree program for all graduate students.
  • Course Selection and Memorandum of Courses Preparation
  • Incompletes
    Under extenuating circumstances (serious illness, family death, etc.), students can request to take an incomplete in a course for that semester. Students will need to contact their instructor to request the incomplete, which can be finished during a later semester. Ideally this is during the following semester, if this works for the instructor, or it may be during the next time the course is given. Incompletes should be finished no later than two years after you originally took the course.

    Students do not have to pay again to take the course, so should not re-enroll in that course. Instructors will be able to add you into the appropriate online course when you are ready to complete the course requirements.

    Please note that incompletes may affect the number of credits required to receive Financial Aid. You will want to check with the UNL financial aid office (contact info to ask about their policies before requesting an incomplete.

    If an event comes up early in the semester, you may want to consider withdrawing from the course rather than taking an incomplete. Please keep in mind that all incompletes must be finished before you graduate.

  • Transferring Courses into the Program
    Up to 18 credit hours may be transferred into the M.S. degree in entomology. The credit must not have been applied to another degree, and must not be ten years old or older. Only graduate, not professional (law, dentistry, medical, architecture) credit can be transferred. The student must have been enrolled at the granting institution and provide two copies of official transcripts to:

Office of Graduate Studies
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1100 Seaton Hall
P.O. Box 880619
Lincoln, NE 68588-0619

All transfer credit must be approved by the Entomology Department and the Office of Graduate Studies.

  • Academic Calendar
  • Tuition and Fees
  • Tasks to Complete before Graduation
    Additional requirements for graduation are completion of the General Entomology (or BCE) and Comprehensive Written exams. Two forms are also required: the Application for Degree form (filled out by student), and the Final Examination Report for Masters Degree form (filled out by Entomology Department).

Entomology News at Nebraska

Breaking Entomological News...

  • Dr. Susan WellerDr. Susan Weller, director of the University of Nebraska State Museum and professor of Entomology, has been elected a fellow of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). The society noted Weller’s internationally-known research on arctiine moths and other Noctuoidea, and her administrative leadership in promoting entomology and science education. See the article at UNL News for more about Weller's recognition. Congratulations Susan!
  • Marilyn Weidner & GracieWe are pleased to announce that Marilyn Weidner has been named winner of the IANR Exemplary Service Award! Weidner has roles in administrative support, personnel management, data documentation and archiving, review preparation, promotion and evaluation tracking, payroll for 15 departments, and much more. Well deserved Marilyn!
  • Rogan Tokach winning scholarshipCongratulations to Rogan Tokach (Master's student co-mentored by Dr. Autumn Smart and Dr. Judy Wu-Smart) on being awarded a $10,000 national Christi Heintz Memorial Scholarship by Project Apis m!
    Well done, Rogan!
  • Steve Spomer with Beetle CollectionsSpomer nets 40-year Butterfly & Beetle Legacy. Best wishes to Steve Spomer who is retiring this December after 40 years in the Entomology Department. Spomer has identified nearly 700 insect species, including the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle, and taught countless University of Nebraska-Lincoln students. 
  • Bridget Gross with Bees.Bridget Gross, master's student in Entomology, mentored by Dr. Judy Wu-Smart and Dr. Doug Golick, was featured in the Nov. 11th IANR Student Spotlight. Bridget presented her master's degree seminar last month and graduates in December.

  • Check out the Emerald Ash Borer Resource Center, and our Emerald Ash Borer Look-Alike Insects Sheet - Be Sure Before You Treat!