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What is insect biology and ecology?

The insect biology and ecology option focuses on traditional biological aspects of insect science, behavior and ecology of insects.

Why insect biology and ecology?

You can learn about insects that are beneficial and harmful while focusing on conservation or pest management and gain employment within various agencies or private companies.

Career paths

Our graduates can look forward to a career in one or more of the following fields:


Hands-on learning

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 applied agriculture.

Fast fact

OSU is one of only 16 universities in the nation with an entomology major and has the  largest enrollment.


Real-world experience

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.


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