(College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)
Formerly the departments of Entomology & Nematology
Steve Nadler, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department
Joanna Chiu, Ph.D., Vice Chairperson of the Department
Department Office. 367 Briggs Hall; 530-752-0492; http://entomology.ucdavis.edu
The Major Program
The Entomology major is a general biological science program. The curriculum is designed to develop an understanding of fundamental biological concepts by studying insects. Insects offer unique opportunities to study biological systems and are model experimental animals. Many insects are either pests, or beneficial species that have great importance to the economy, environment or public health. Students may focus on specific areas of interest including agricultural entomology; insect systematics & evolution; behavior & ecology; medical entomology; and insect molecular biology, physiology & toxicology.
The Program. Students begin their study in Entomology with selected insect biology courses. After completing these courses, students may enroll in courses in their particular area of interest. The faculty encourages students to do research internships in their laboratories.
Career Alternatives. Entomology graduates find careers in many different areas of applied or basic biology. Graduates have the opportunity to continue in professional graduate programs such as veterinary or human medicine, or get advanced degrees leading to careers in biotechnology, conservation biology, or academic teaching and research. Many graduates have participated in internship programs with the California Department of Food and Agriculture and found careers in insect diagnostic laboratories, conducting insect surveys, and/or developing entomological collections. Other graduates have worked in agriculture in the area of insect pest management. Graduates are prepared for managerial and technical positions with state and federal agencies and in agricultural production and supporting industries. Some Entomology graduates pursue careers in primary, secondary, and college level science education.
Major Advisors. S. Lawler, S. Nadler
The Department of Entomology has five minor programs open to students in other disciplines who are interested in rounding out their academic study with a concentration in the area of entomology.
Minor Advisors. S. Lawler, S. Nadler
Graduate Study. The Department of Entomology offers a program of study and research leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. For further details, see Graduate Studies and the Graduate Announcement.
Related Courses. See courses in Nematology.