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Ecosystem Science & Management

Insect Biology Minor

Entomology is an independent science, with basic roots in biology, which focuses on the study of insects and their relatives (i.e. mites, ticks). Students will learn about the biology, ecology, and population suppression of these organisms in relation to their environment, as well as their relation to other organisms, such as humans.

This minor is intended for students who have an interest in insects as organisms, including their basic biology, ecology and evolution. As insects dominate biological diversity, they are essential to most ecological systems, and have unique physiological systems. Students majoring in zoology, botany, molecular biology, biology or similar fields will find the study of these organisms a rewarding and valuable (if not essential) element of the life sciences.

Students receiving a minor in Insect Biology have access to well-maintained collections, faculty that are involved in quality of research as well as teaching, the necessary scientific literature, and the latest methodologies available

The department's features include:
  • Laboratories
  • Insect cultures
  • Insect museum
  • Scientific equipment
  • Greenhouses
  • Research farms
  • Research plots in all regions of Wyoming.

Opportunities exist for all students to participate in ongoing research. Faculty research includes bio-control of weeds, systematics, crop protection, grasshopper biology and control, aquatic insects, and insect ecology in Yellowstone National Park. These projects include both laboratory and field research.

Click on the course Number or Title for a recent syllabus, if available. The Insect Biology minor requires 13 credits of coursework selected from the following courses.


ENTO 1000 (Fall or Spring) or ENTO 1001 - Insect Biology (3 credits) or Insect Biology with Lab (4 credits)

Select 9-10 credits from:

ENTO 4300 - Applied Insect Ecology (3 credits)
ENTO 4678 - Aquatic Entomology (3 credits)
ENTO 4682 - Insect Anatomy/Physiology (5 credits)
ENTO 4684 - Classification of Insects (4 credits)
ENTO 4686 - Problems in Entomology (1-3 credits)
ENTO 4687 - Insect Evolution (3 credits)
ENTO 4884 - Insect Behavior (3 credits)
HP 4152 - Seminar: Cloud Forest Ecology in Ecuador (3 credits)


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