About the Program
Insect Biology Majors study insects and related organisms. The program emphasizes “hands on learning” with opportunities for faculty mentored undergraduate research, field and laboratory experiences and study abroad options. Insect biologists apply knowledge and modern technology to address grand challenges including protection of human and animal health, food, and property, and natural environments. Insect biologists work as scientists, educators, technicians, consultants, and specialists in urban, agricultural, and natural environments to prevent the spread of disease, feed the world, promote biodiversity, protect the environment, solve crimes, strengthen biosecurity, and teach science. Careers are as diverse as the insects we study.
120 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Courses (43 credits)
Required Major Courses (43 credits)
Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (58-59 credits)
Electives (18-19 credits)
- Electives - Credit Hours: 18.00-19.00
College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements
- 2.00 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
- 32 Upper division credits taken from Purdue
- International Understanding Selective - Credit Hours: 9.00
- Multicultural Awareness Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- 6 Credits: Written/Oral Communication or Social Science and Humanities categories must come from 30000+ courses or above - Credit Hours: 3.00 AND Written/Oral Communication or Social Science and Humanities categories must come from 30000+ or above or from a course with a required pre-requisite in the same department - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Humanities and/or Social Sciences outside the College of Agriculture - Credit Hours: 9.00
University Core Requirements
- Human Cultures Humanities
- Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
- Information Literacy
- Science #1
- Science #2
- Science, Technology, and Society
- Written Communication
- Oral Communication
- Quantitative Reasoning
For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
- 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
- Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.
Foreign Language Courses
Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.
For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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