Entomology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Doctoral students are required to complete 28 credits of coursework, including three core courses and five topic seminars (ENTM798 or equivalent). The five topic seminars must include a Responsible Conduct of Research seminar. In addition, students are required to register for and attend all Entomology Colloquium seminars until they advance to candidacy by passing an oral qualifying exam and proposal defense. Candidates must complete 12 credits of ENTM899. Please note, doctoral students that hold a Teaching Assistantship must complete a course in TA training, which is currently offered as ENTM701.

The Ph.D. program provides diverse opportunities for the selection of a dissertation question, composition of a dissertation advisory committee, and selection of an area of specialization. Each student's specialization is determined under the guidance of the dissertation advisory committee.

Other program requirements include a minimum of one dissertation advisory committee meeting per year and submission of an annual progress report.

Advance to Candidacy: In addition to the course requirements, students must pass an oral qualifying examination and proposal defense for advancement to candidacy.

Post-Candidacy: Complete at least 12 credits of ENTM899 Doctoral Dissertation Research and successfully defend and submit an original dissertation. Doctoral students are required to present their final dissertation research to the department in a public seminar, such as the Entomology Colloquium seminar series.

Course Title Credits
Required courses:
BSCI480Arthropod Form and Function4
BSCI481Insect Diversity and Classification4
BSCI482Insect Physiology and Molecular Biology4
Remainder of Coursework Approved with Advisors16
Topic Seminar (Complete five topic seminars including a seminar in Responsible Conduct of Research)
Entomological Topics ((ENTM788C Entomology Colloquium each semester until candidacy))
*TA training (ENTM701) is required for students with a Teaching Assistantship)
Dissertation Research Requirements
ENTM899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
Total Credits40