Enhance your degree with an insect biology minor


If you’re interested in insects, consider adding an insect biology minor to your degree! It’s a wonderful way to learn about the evolution, biology, ecology and classification of some of the world’s most interesting creatures.

Learn More About the Insect Biology Minor

By studying insect biology you’ll learn the fundamentals of insect evolution, biology, classification and ecology. All while performing research with notable faculty and state-of-the-art equipment.

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The insect biology minor program is an excellent addition to any degree. However, it is limited to students who are currently pursuing a primary degree at UW.

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What Can You Do with an Insect Biology minor?


Insect Biology (Entomology) Careers

  • Plant Health Safeguarding Specialist
  • Biological Control Specialist
  • Aquatic Ecologist
  • State Survey Coordinator
  • Research Assistant
  • Professor
  • Water Resource Planner
  • Greenhouse Supervisor
  • Plant Genetics Lab Technician
  • Horticulture Program Coordinator
  • Greenhouse Coordinator


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Here are just a few of the places our insect biology graduates have made an impact:

  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • Colorado Department of Agriculture
  • Denver Water
  • Red Sun Farms
  • Chadwick Ecological Consultants
  • University of Wyoming
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Florida


Many of UW’s insect biology graduates receive additional education. Our recent graduates have been accepted to:

  • Oregon State University
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Wyoming
  • University of Vermont
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Insect Biology Minor Highlights

Entomology students have the opportunity to perform research, use state-of-the-art equipment, and learn alongside notable faculty. All while pursuing their passion for insect biology. Sound interesting? Here are the details:

Insect Museum Access

The University of Wyoming Insect Museum is the only research collection of insects in the state of Wyoming. Holdings are estimated at more than one million specimens.

The museum, collection, and educational galleries are used as research tools for UW students, faculty and visiting researchers. 

Notable Faculty & Research Opportunities

Dr. Scott Shaw leads UW’s entomology program. He is renowned for studying parasitic wasps throughout the world, including South America. Dr. Shaw is supported by a renowned group of colleagues in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

Insect biology students also have the opportunity to participate in independent studies and perform research using state-of-the-art microscopes. These research opportunities can lead to exciting and unprecedented discoveries. In 2022, several undergraduates worked with Dr. Scott Shaw to identify and name a new wasp species.


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College of Agriculture, Life Sciences and Natural Resources

Department of Ecosystem Science & Management

Department 3354, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2263

Email: esm@uwyo.edu

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