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Insect Biology, BS

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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.

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Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (101-102 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

  • 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree
  • 32 Upper division credits taken from Purdue
  • 9 credits International Understanding
  • 3 credits Multicultural Awareness
  • 9 credits of Hum and/or Social Sciences outside the College of Agriculture

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.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Additional Requirements

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Program Requirements

14 Credits

16-17 Credits

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

16 Credits

15 Credits

16 Credits

14-15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

13 Credits


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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