Entomology Minor

Bug lovers wanted!

The Entomology minor focuses on insects, their relationships to humans and the environment, and the outsized role they play. Join us as we explore the many costs and benefits of insect activity.

Career paths: tiny creatures with a huge impact.

A minor in Entomology helps prepare you for careers in production agriculture, government, the agrichemical industry, pest management, and public health.

An Entomology minor is a great option if you:

  • are passionate about biodiversity and fascinated by insects
  • value pollinators and their relationships to ecosystems and the food supply
  • are interested in invasive species and their impact on ecosystems and agriculture


For details on program requirements, suggested academic plan, and more, see the University Bulletin .

Required courses

  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Introduction to Entomology
  • Management of Insect Pests of Ornamentals or Field Crops Entomology

Sample additional courses

  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Insect Biodiversity and Evolution
  • Insect Structure and Function
  • Introduction to Population Dynamics
  • Introductory Agroecology
  • Microbe-Plant Interactions: Plant Disease and Biological Control

Get started.

Apply for admission to the Entomology minor by consulting with the undergraduate program coordinator, Dr. John Tooker .

Entomology students doing pollinator research in a lab.
Beetles collection at Penn State’s Department of Entomology
Entomology students looking at a beetles collection.