Entomology is the study of insects and their relatives. Entomology offers you the
opportunity to explore the diversity of nature through the study of arthropods and
their interactions with plants, animals and human culture.
Why entomology at OSU?
Insects are the most numerous and diverse form of life on Earth, and more than one
million species have been described. It has been estimated there are up to 10 million
unknown insect species on our planet waiting to be discovered. Specialized course
work includes insect identification, biology, ecology, physiology, biochemistry, population
dynamics, medical and veterinary entomology, and pest management.
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. They 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
The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology offers experiential opportunities,
interactive learning, laboratory rotations and summer employment within the department,
so students are prepared 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.