Entomology - B.S.E.S.

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Degree & Major: Entomology - B.S.E.S.
College Name: College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Department Name: Entomology
Marianne Shockley
Academic Professional Associate
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Degree Requirements

College-wide Requirements

University-wide Requirements

Description: The Entomology major is a thorough, science-based, applied and basic biology curriculum that prepares students for careers in almost every field of the life sciences, including Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Biology, Systematics, Vector Biology/Medical-Veterinary Entomology, Pest Management, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. An Entomology degree prepares students for careers as scientists in industry, academic institutions, the military, or governmental agencies, by providing them with a broad background that spans the many facets of insect biology. Programs within our Department encompass all levels of biological organization from the molecular level to ecosystems. In addition to training in modern methodologies of classical entomology, the Department has special emphasis areas in Insect Biology, Biological Control, Molecular Entomology and Environmental Entomology. The degree provides an excellent background for advanced studies in many other fields, including environmental health, industrial hygiene, toxicology, public health, epidemiology, ecology, and environmental engineering, and will satisfy entrance requirements for professional degree programs such as medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry and pharmacy. Students who successfully complete the program of study receive the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences (B.S.E.S.) degree. The degree program is nationally accredited and is the only undergraduate Entomology degree offered in Georgia. Prospective students are welcome to contact the Entomology Undergraduate Student Coordinator for an introduction to undergraduate programs in entomology.

Career Opportunities: Career opportunities are available for entomology graduates in the private sector, federal and state agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Previous graduates of our program are employed in the following areas:

1. Private Sector: agricultural industries, production (green industry, seed companies, plant breeding enterprises), chemical companies (pesticide development, pest management), food industry (post-harvest pest management, stored grains and animal feed), crop consultants (integrated pest management), and urban pest control (structural pest control industries, landscape and green house industries, golf courses, sod farms, etc.).

2. Federal and State Agencies: military (vector-borne diseases, quarantine facilities, sanitation of facilities, food, and vehicles); federal research laboratories (CDC, USDA, USDI, USFS, EPA, NIH, USGS); state departments of agriculture (pesticide industry regulations and educational programs, introduction of new species); state department of natural resources (conservation biology, invasive species, environmental biology); state, county and city departments of health (public health concerns, vector control programs, protective programs for pets and people); extension services (educational programs for commodity areas, educational programs for human and animal health issues); federal and state regulatory agencies (USEPA, USFDA, USDA-APHIS, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, county and municipal governments); academic institutions (research and teaching universities, two-year colleges, community and technical colleges).

3. Non-Governmental Organizations: Museums, Botanical Gardens, Butterfly Houses and Zoos.

Job Placement Service:
Administrative and faculty contacts
Scholarships: Departmental scholarships include the P.W. Fattig Scholarship and the Georgia Entomological Society Scholarship; contact the department for information. College-wide and University scholarships are also available. For more information, contact the Office of Academic Affairs in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Study Abroad: Insect Natural History in Costa Rica;
Insect Natural History in Ecuador;
Medical Entomology in Ecuador;
Agriculture and Ecology in Tropical America - Guatemala (odd-numbered years), Costa Rica (even-numbered years);
Agriculture and Ecology of Tropical America - Pernambuco Brazil;
Costa Rica Ecology Program;
Costa Rica Study Abroad;
Medical Entomology - Ecuador Study Abroad.
Internships: Internships are available but not required.
Service Learning: Entomology Outreach and Service-Learning
Insect Natural History in Costa Rica: International Service-Learning
Insect Natural History in Ecuador: International Service-Learning
Medical Entomology in Ecuador: International Service-Learning
Student Organizations: H.O. Lund Entomology Club
Available Graduate Programs: Entomology - All Land Grant Universities nationwide
Biology - All universities and colleges
Environmental and Life Sciences - All universities and colleges