Entomology is the study of the most numerous and diverse form of life on Earth: insects.
You will explore the diversity of nature through the study of arthropods and their
interactions with plants, animals and human culture.
Why entomology at OSU?
Insects, though small in size, have a big impact on the environment and economy and,
therefore, our society. Entomology involves everything from work in environmental
issues, ecology, animal behavior, parasitology, insect-plant interactions to applications
in biotechnology, molecular studies, forensics, and medical/veterinary entomology.
Entomology involves everything from work in environmental issues, ecology, animal
behavior, parasitology, insect-plant interactions to applications in biotechnology,
molecular studies, forensics, and medical/veterinary entomology.
Agri-chemical industry researcher
Pest control operator/owner
1of 12 universities
that offers a bachelor’s degree in entomology.
“For me, the wow factor of entomology is looking at a world within a world
where you can study how insects interact with us without us even realizing it. Entomology
is a very hands-on major; we learn things as far-reaching as pest management and forensics,
as well as medical and veterinary entomology.”
- Victoria Pickens Sand Springs, Oklahoma
Entomology students have access to Insect Adventure, one of the largest interactive
live arthropod exhibits in the country. You will 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
OSU is one of only 16 universities in the nation with an entomology program and has
the second largest enrollment.
The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology offers hands-on opportunities, interactive
learning, laboratory rotations and summer employment within the department, so you’ll
be ready 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.
Incoming entomology students receive a scholarship from the department. Based on academic
progress and GPA, the scholarship renews each semester.