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Graduate Education

Ecosystem Science and Management

Entomology MS and PhD

 

MS Applicants: GPA: 3.0 GRE: 291 (1000)* Deadline: Year-round* Apply!
PhD Applicants: GPA: 3.0 GRE: 297 (1100)* Deadline: Year-round* Apply!


Entomological studies at the University of Wyoming focus on biodiversity, integrated pest management, statistical analysis and modeling, and more.  Understanding the biology, ecology and classification of insects is crucial to understanding the widespread effects insects have on agriculture, human health and the functioning of ecosystems.

Entomology degrees at the University of Wyoming

*Application Notes:

Students admitted year round on grant funded Graduate Assistantships.  Students applying for the state funded Graduate Assistantships or the ESM Merit Fellowship are required to have a GRE of 317 (1330), and are required apply to ESM by January 31.  

 

Degree Programs

Master's Degree

The M.S. program is geared toward teaching graduate students the tools necessary to conduct robust scientific research.  This program requires 30 credit hours (at least 12 from Entomology) approved by the student's graduate advisory committee and an approved research plan.  

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Doctorate Degree

The Ph.D. program allows graduate students to use the research-oriented tools learned during a master's program to conduct research on a major question surrounding entomology.  This program requires 72 credit hours (at least 12 from Entomology) that includes credits earned during a Masters degree that are approved by the student's graduate advisory committee and an approved research plan.

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More about Entomology

Entomology is the study of insects as well as their relatives, the spiders, ticks and mites. Insects represent three-quarters of all the Earth’s species, and are found in virtually all ecosystems and ecological habitats, from Entomology degrees in Ecosystem Science and Management, University of Wyomingforests and deserts to rangelands, and from soils to streams and tree canopies. Understanding the biology, ecology and classification of insects is crucial to understanding the widespread effects insects have on agriculture, human health and the functioning of ecosystems.

Entomology graduate students in the Department of Ecosystem Science & Management study a variety of scientific issues related to insects across the globe, including exotic countries like Ecuador and Uzbekistan. Past graduates have received major awards in Entomology, such as the Snodgras and Comstock Awards given by the Entomological Society of America.

Major research foci in the department include:

  • biodiversity and classification of insects, especially with respect to parasitoid wasps and aquatic insects (Dr. Shaw);
  • management and landscape ecology of insect pests, especially grasshoppers (Dr. Latchininsky);
  • statistical analysis and interpretation of entomological and other types of data (Dr. Legg); and
  • the use of insect herbivores as biological control agents to manage invasive weeds, and plant-herbivore interactions (Dr. Collier).
Photos by Dr. Alex Latchininsky, UW Extension Entomologist

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