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Entomology degree information

What is Entomology?

Entomology is the study of insects and their relatives. Insects are the most numerous and diverse form of life on Earth, and more than one million species have been described. It has been estimated that there are up to 10 million unknown insect species on our planet waiting to be discovered.

Entomology offers you the opportunity to explore the diversity of nature through the study of arthropods and their interactions with plants, animals and human culture. Specialized course work includes insect identification, biology, ecology, physiology, biochemistry, population dynamics, medical and veterinary entomology, and pest management.

Why Study Entomology?

Insects are important in many ways. Some are pests and destroy our food and fiber crops, forests, homes and structures. Others affect human and animal health by transmitting diseases. Many are beneficial to humans and essential to the Earth’s ecology by providing pollination, decomposition, nutrient recycling, control of agricultural pests, control of invasive plants and food for wildlife. Despite their small size, insects have a significant impact on the environment and economy and, therefore, our society.

What Could I Do With a Degree in Entomology?

  • Chemical industry researcher
  • Conservation technician
  • Environmental consultant
  • Epidemiologist
  • Extension educator
  • FBI agent
  • Forensic scientist
  • Homeland security
  • Insect diagnostician
  • Medical doctor
  • Military entomologist
  • Museum curator
  • Pest control operator/owner
  • Veterinarian

Degree Options

Within entomology, you have the option to select a predefined emphasis area or work with your faculty advisor to customize your plan of study.

  • Bioforensics option (BSAG)
    This option prepares you for careers involving molecular techniques and forensic sciences.
  • Insect Biology and Ecology option (BSAG)
    Stresses traditional biological aspects of insect science, behavior and ecology of insects.
  • Pre-Veterinary and Pre-Medical Sciences option (BSAG)
    Curriculum meets requirements for post-graduate attendance to both veterinary or medical school.


Finish in 4
For each undergraduate degree program in CASNR, we have prepared example plans of how you may successfully complete your degree plan in four years.

Fast Fact
OSU is one of only 12 universities in the nation and the only one in Oklahoma that offers a bachelor’s degree in entomology.

Entomology Highlight
Entomology students have access to Insect Adventure, one of the largest interactive live arthropod exhibits in the country. They have the opportunity to work at Insect Adventure on public engagement or with faculty-guided research projects in forensics, medical/veterinary sciences, molecular, ecology, conservation, stored products and applied agriculture.

About the Department

Experiential Learning
The OSU Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology offers experiential opportunities, interactive learning, laboratory rotations and summer employment within the department, so students are prepared for nearly any entomological career with practical experience. Graduates have gone on to successfully complete veterinary school, medical school, law school, graduate school, military service or have begun their own businesses.

Scholarship Opportunities
Every incoming entomology student earns a $500 scholarship. If students maintain a 3.0 GPA, they can receive an additional scholarship the following semester. CASNR awarded an additional $600,000 to students within the college this year.

Contact the Department

Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
127 Noble Research Center
Oklahoma State University

Want to schedule a campus visit or learn more about pursuing a major in entomology? Visit our Future Students page.