University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Graduate Program

Academic Programs in Entomology: Graduate | Undergraduate

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A TOP TEN PROGRAM

For the 8th year in a row, the Entomology graduate program is ranked among the top 10 graduate programs at the University of Kentucky, as measured by total number of graduate student presentations and publications.  In 2004, Entomology was the most productive graduate program in the College of Agriculture.  Congratulations to the graduate students and their faculty mentors in Entomology for a very impressive record of productivity.

 

GRADUATE PROGRAM IN ENTOMOLOGY

The Department of Entomology offers graduate work leading to the Master of Science (Plan A -- Thesis and Plan B -- Non-thesis) and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees.  Individual graduate programs are planned by students in consultation with their advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies.  Study and research are available in various areas of entomology including acarology, applied entomology, araneology, behavior, biochemistry, biological control, ecology, genetics, host plant resistance, insect biology, medical and veterinary entomology, molecular biology, physiology, systematics, and taxonomy.  The discipline of entomology, similar to all agricultural and biological sciences, has evolved significantly during the past two decades and continues to undergo rapid changes.  To increase flexibility in the core curricula, the PhD and MS core curricula are the responsibility of the graduate faculty in Entomology.

 

Admission Requirements

Minimum admission requirements include an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 and an overall graduate grade point average of 3.25, and a score . Applicants whose native language is English must score at least 300 on the combined verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test. Those whose native language is not English must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL-iBT or a minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). They must also have a score of at least 150 on the quantitative portion of the GRE. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. These minimal requirements may be waived in exceptional cases if sufficient additional evidence is presented regarding the ability of the student to do graduate work. Admission to the Graduate Program in Entomology does NOT automatically guarantee financial assistance to the student.

 

Degree Requirements

During their first year of graduate studies, M.S. (Plan A) and Ph.D. students are required to prepare a formal written research proposal encompassing a thorough literature review, clear statement of objectives, and materials and methods of the project.  A research proposal seminar will be presented to the Department upon completion of the written research proposal.  An exit seminar, usually presented during the last semester of the student's tenure, is required for M.S. (plans A and B) and Ph.D. students.  August graduates will present their seminar in the preceding spring. M.S. students using the Plan B option will be required to provide a detailed outline of their practicum to their Advisory Committee.  The practicum must be a minimum of 3 credit hours (maximum of 6 credit hours) and may consist of library research, special problems, internships, etc., as agreed upon by the student and major professor, and approved by the Advisory Committee.  The general requirements for all M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Kentucky can be found in the Graduate School Bulletin:
http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/bulletin/bullinfo.shtml

 

M.S. and Ph.D. students will be required to post a formal notification of scheduled examinations on the notice board in the main departmental office two weeks prior to the examination date.

 

Description of core course requirements

All M.S. and Ph.D. students must satisfy the following core course requirements:

  • 1. An undergraduate course in general entomology. Students who have not had such a course must take ENT 300.
  • 2. STA 570 Basic Statistical Analysis
  • 3. Each M.S. student must take two semesters of ENT 770, Entomological Seminar, (or approved equivalent seminars) and Ph.D. candidates must take four semesters of approved seminars.
  • 4. Ph.D. and M.S. candidates using the Plan A option must take a minimum of one course from two of the following core areas.  M.S. candidates using the Plan B option must take a minimum of one course from all three core areas.
  • Core Area 1: Insect Behavior, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics
  • ENT 564 Insect Taxonomy
  • ENT 568 Insect Behavior
  • ENT 607 Advanced Evolution
  • ENT 625 Insect-Plant Relationships
  • ENT 660 Immature Insects
  • ENT 665 Insect Ecology
  • ENT 667 Invasive Species Biology
  • Core Area 2: Insect Molecular Biology, Physiology and Genetics
  • ENT 635 Insect Physiology
  • ENT 636 Insect Molecular Biology
  • Core Area 3: Pest Management and Applied Ecology
  • ENT 530 Integrated Pest Management
  • ENT 561 Insects Affecting Human and Animal Health
  • ENT 574 Advanced Applied Entomology
  • ENT 680 Biological Control

 

In all cases, an equivalent graduate level course from another institution is acceptable upon approval of the Advisory Committee.  Such approval will not decrease the minimum number of credits required, but simply will permit the student to take other courses.

 

Description of Entomology Courses

Courses are described in the current Course Bulletin (PDF) from the Registrar's office.  They are also listed on this site in HTML form here.

 

List of Graduate Courses

(Number of credit hours associated with each course are listed in parentheses.)

  • ENT 530 INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (3)
  • ENT 561 INSECTS AFFECTING HUMAN AND ANIMAL HEALTH (SAME AS BIO 561) (3)
  • ENT 564 INSECT TAXONOMY (SAME AS BIO 564) (4)
  • ENT 568 INSECT BEHAVIOR (SAME AS BIO 568) (3)
  • ENT 574 ADVANCED APPLIED ENTOMOLOGY (4)
  • ENT 605 EMPIRICAL METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION (SAME AS BIO/FOR 605) (2)
  • ENT 606 CONCEPTUAL METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION (SAME AS BIO/FOR 606) (3)
  • ENT 607 ADVANCED EVOLUTION (SAME AS BIO/FOR 607) (2)
  • ENT 608 BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND LIFE HISTORIES (SAME AS BIO/FOR 608) (2)
  • ENT 609 POPULATION AND COMMUNITY ECOLOGY (SAME AS BIO/FOR 609) (2)
  • ENT 613 BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND COMPARATIVE NEUROBIOLOGY (SAME AS BIO/PSY/PGY/ANA 613) (2)
  • ENT 614 TECHNIQUES IN BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND COMPARATIVE NEUROBIOLOGY (SAME AS BIO/PSY/PGY/ANA 614) (2)
  • ENT 625 INSECT-PLANT RELATIONSHIPS (SAME AS BIO 625) (3)
  • ENT 635 INSECT PHYSIOLOGY (SAME AS BIO 635) (4)
  • ENT 636 INSECT MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (SAME AS BIO 636) (4)
  • ENT 660 IMMATURE INSECTS (3)
  • ENT 665 INSECT ECOLOGY (SAME AS BIO 665) (3)
  • ENT 667 INVASIVE SPECIES BIOLOGY (SAME AS BIO/FOR 667) (3)
  • ENT 680 BIOLOGICAL CONTROL (3)
  • ENT 695 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENTOMOLOGY (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
  • ENT 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)
  • ENT 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)
  • ENT 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)
  • ENT 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)
  • ENT 770 ENTOMOLOGICAL SEMINAR (1)
  • ENT 780 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN ENTOMOLOGY AND ACAROLOGY (2-3)
  • ENT 790 RESEARCH IN ENTOMOLOGY AND ACAROLOGY (1-6)

 

Financial Assistance

Departmental Assistantships and University Fellowships are available on a competitive basis to graduate students in the Department of Entomology.  You will automatically be considered for an assistantship or fellowship as part of your application.  Recipients of Research Assistantships do not pay tuition.  In most cases, recipients of University Fellowships do not pay tuition.

 

Research Facilities

The Department of Entomology is primarily housed in the Agricultural Sciences Center, with some outlying laboratories.  Excellent facilities are available for research use, including:

  • - field research facilities,
  • - controlled environmental chambers,
  • - greenhouses,
  • - large animal barns, and
  • - an insect reference collection.

 

Laboratories are equipped with a wide range of instrumentation to accommodate research in such areas as:

  • - behavior,
  • - physiology,
  • - pathology,
  • - systematics,
  • - ecology,
  • - molecular biology, and
  • - modeling.

 

There is a departmental computer laboratory.  Entomological books and related literature are readily available through the modern University of Kentucky library system, which includes numerous online services.

 

The Faculty and Their Research

Visit the faculty page to read about each Department of Entomology faculty member and their respective research.

 

Graduate Student Mentoring

Core Values and Responsibilities Document (PDF)

 

How To Apply

To apply for admission to the Department of Entomology graduate program, you will need to provide the following information:

 

Send directly to the University of Kentucky Graduate School:

  • 1. Application for Admission to the University of Kentucky Graduate School
  • 2. Copies of all college transcripts
  • 3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • 4. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (if your native language is not English) scores
  • 5. A 2-page statement explaining (a) your reason for applying to an Entomology graduate program and to our graduate program in particular, (b) your proposed area(s) of specialization, including why you selected your chosen area(s) of specialization, and (c) which of our faculty members most interest you as prospective mentors, and why. Note that this statement may be used to nominate you for university fellowships if you are admitted to our graduate program.
  • 6. A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • 7. Three letters of reference

 

Applications may be submitted at any time.

 

You may now apply for admission to the University of Kentucky Graduate School using online forms.  Instructions are included with the forms.  More information for prospective students at all levels is provided on the University of Kentucky website.

 

For additional Information, contact:

  • Dr. Charles W. Fox
    Director of Graduate Studies
    Department of Entomology
    University of Kentucky
    Lexington, KY 40546-0091
    Phone: 859.257.7474