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.


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