Undergraduate Minor in Entomology

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Why learn about insects? Insects are amazing and represent the majority of described life on the planet! They also play important roles in nearly all fields of study in the biological sciences. The Insect Science Minor provides a strong background in entomological principles and theory. Become an insect expert, or use the minor to allow you to create a greater understanding of the area of biology that interests you most. 

Enroll in the Insect Science Minor to increase your career preparedness for graduate programs and exciting professions in natural resources and conservation of pollinators and other insects, medicine, plant health and protection related to agriculture, horticulture, forestry, greenhouse and nursery management, or teaching biology in secondary education institutions. Sign-up for the Insect Science Minor!

Insect Science Minor Advisor

Matt Petersen | pet03207@umn.edu | (612) 624-1281


To complete the minor you must (1) complete Insect Biology (ENT 1005; 4.0 cr) [BIOL], and (2) complete 12 or more credits from the approved elective course lists. 

Elective courses are arranged into 4 areas of concentration to help match major fields of study with associated entomology content. Choose your courses from one of the areas of concentration, or combine courses from several lists to customize your personalized minor. Then take your education beyond the classroom through experiential learning with student research, internships and other Department of Entomology opportunities.

*One non-listed course (3-4 cr) may be taken as a substitute to those courses on the approved list if both 1) the non-listed elective course corresponds to a theme consistent with other courses taken on the approved list, and 2) is substituted in consultation with the Minor advisor.