Insect Science

student with roach on his face

Tom Weissling

No man can be truly called an entomologist, sir; the subject is too vast for any single human intelligence to grasp.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

 

Insects and their relatives are the most abundant animals on earth, are commonly found in all habitats, and are essential in maintaining our ecosystem. The field of insect science encompasses the agricultural, biological, and environmental sciences related to insects and their interactions with humans and other organisms.

 

There are two options in the Insect Science degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln:
Science Option      The Science Option is designed for students interested in careers focusing on the basic biology of insects and other arthropods. This option is suitable for students considering any career involving entomology (e.g., academia, research, medicine, forensics, environmental quality, conservation biology, or health-related fields), but is especially appropriate preparation for entry into professional programs such as veterinary and medical schools and many graduate school disciplines.
IPM Option      The IPM and Pest Science Option is designed for students considering careers in agriculture, agribusiness, consulting (agricultural, environmental, public health, urban), extension, state and federal government agencies (e.g., APHIS, EPA, USDA, and state departments of agriculture), horticulture, the military, food processing, and pest control. Examples of areas of focus include agronomic and horticultural pests, or urban pests. This option is also suitable as preparation for graduate studies leading to academic or research careers in applied entomology.

 

Wondering what Entomologists Do? Wondering what our Graduates are doing?

Careers

 

98% students employed within 1 year of graduation
Experience in your chosen area, built into your degree
Personal Attention all lectures taught by professors
Advising advising done by departmental entomologists
7:1 student/faculty ratio

 

 


Entomology News at Nebraska

Breaking Entomological News...

  • Entomology Department Graduation flyerJoin the Entomology Department as we hold a virtual Graduation Celebration on Friday, May 7, 11 a.m. (central) via Zoom (https://unl.zoom.us/j/98456239837).  Congratulations to our graduates: Ph.D. - Sajjan Grover and Jordy Reinders; M.S. - Jenna Chappell, Samantha Daniel, Kathlyne Rog, Josh Shoemaker, Chris Tankersley, and Timothy Wucherer; B.S. in Insect Science - James Schacht and Courtney Wallner. 


  • Kait ChapmanKate Chapman, extension educator and Entomology alumna, was interviewed by Channel 10/11 about tick season in Nebraska. The peak season for ticks in Nebraska is May and June, according to Chapman. See her video interview on the 10/11 website.


  • Lt. Col. Mary C. Yelnicker presents an Award for Civilian Achievement to Dr. Kristen Lewis, MS in Entomology student Congratulations to Dr. Kristin Lewis, one of our online MS in Entomology students, on her retirement from Civil Service on March 27!  In this picture, she is being presented an Award for Civilian Achievement by Lt. Col. Mary C. Yelnicker (left). Lewis served as a Training Development Element Chief, 381st Training Support Squadron, 82nd Training Group, 82nd Training Wing, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, from April 24, 2014-March 27, 2021. Her nominator wrote that Lewis's "efforts ensured continuation of the Basic Instructor Course during Coronavirus pandemic restrictions, meeting Community College of the Air Force accreditation requirements for 53 instructors and zero mission impacts to training. The distinctive accomplishments of Dr. Lewis reflect credit upon herself and the United States Air Force."

  • Dr. Jody GreenDr. Joe LouisCongratulations to Dr. Joe Louis on being promoted to full Professor and to Dr. Jody Green on being promoted to Associate Extension Educator! They were among 109 faculty members at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who were promoted this year.

  • Jordan ReindersPh.D. candidate Jordy Reinders was featured in the IANR Student Spotlight recently. Jordy will be graduating in May 2021 with a degree in Entomology. Reinders is advised by Dr. Lance Meinke

  • Courtney WallnerInsect Science student Courtney Wallner was featured in a Nebraska Today article about becoming a veterinarian for bees.  Wallner is graduating in May and plans to attend vet school at Tufts University, Medford, MA. Great work Courtney!