When your field of study includes 800,000 biologically diverse insect species, the challenges are endless. Graduates of the state's only master's and doctorate programs in entomology improve the lives of people and the health of the environment by developing integrated pest management systems, breeding pest-resistant plants, tackling emerging pollination issues, and battling insect-borne diseases here and abroad.
As a student in the program, you’ll learn how to design, conduct and analyze experiments in a progressive interdisciplinary environment – teasing out insects’ surprising roles in crop-insect-virus interactions, for example, or building an understanding of their unique contributions to sustainable environments.
The program provides foundations in insect systematics and biodiversity, ecology, physiology and pest management. You'll study topics in insect-plant interactions, host plant resistance to insects and pathogens, and insect chemical ecology. You may also explore areas in ecology, biochemistry, plant pathology, statistical analysis, experimental design and other fields.
Whether you’re planning a career in private industry, government, nonprofit organizations or academia, you’ll develop the scientific skills and research experience for leadership roles.
With a 2:1 student-to-faculty ratio, our students are accepted as research partners. In addition to your novel thesis or dissertation research – typically conducted in collaboration with your adviser – you can broaden your research opportunities by working closely with other faculty in state-of-the-art greenhouses and laboratories, off-campus research facilities, and cooperating growers’ fields statewide. You can even take classes and conduct research across state lines in Washington State University’s fields and facilities. And, when you’re ready to report your research, we’ll support your participation in professional meetings nationally.
Idaho's rain fed environments and irrigated and dryland fields give you the opportunity to test your thesis hypothesis across diverse conditions or cropping systems.