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Undergraduate Programs in Entomology

The Department of Entomology offers undergraduate programs leading to either the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Arts degree. The B.S. degree offers students with a strong interest in the natural sciences an opportunity to emphasize this aspect of their education. The B.A. degree is available to students who wish to obtain a broader background in the humanities and social sciences than is required of students in the B.S. program.

Information on programs and on course requirements is provided by the Undergraduate Professional Advisor, Michelle Butler, CNAS Academic Advising Center, 1223 Pierce Hall, (951) 827-3581, or by e-mail at michelle.butler@ucr.edu.

Counseling, course recommendations and information on education and career goals are provided by the Undergraduate Faculty Advisor, Dr. Dong-Hwan Choe, 382 Entomology, (951) 827-5717, or by e-mail at donghwan.choe@ucr.edu.

Degree Requirements

  • University Requirements

    General University requirements are University-wide requirements which all undergraduates must satisfy. See the Undergraduate Studies section of the University General Catalog at current catalog for a complete description.

  • College Requirements

    Students must fulfill all breadth requirements of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. See Degree Requirements here under College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences in the Undergraduate Studies section. Some of the following requirements for the major may also fulfill some of the College's breadth requirements. Consult with a department advisor for course planning.

Departmental Requirements

  • Requirements for a Major in Entomology

    The major requirements for both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees in Entomology are as follows:

    1. Lower-division requirements (50-51 units)

    • Biology 5A, 5LA, 5B, 5C
    • Physics 2A, 2B, 2C, 2LA, 2LB, 2LC
    • Mathematics 8B or 9A, and 9B
    • Chemistry 1A, 1B, 1C, 1LA, 1LB, 1LC

    2. Upper-division requirements (67 units)

    • Entomology 100, 107L, 173, 4 units in any combination of ENTM 190, ENTM 197, or ENTM199H
    • Twenty-four (24) additional units of entomology electives, which may include up to 2 additional units of ENTM 190, ENTM 197, or ENTM 199H
    • Biochemistry 100
    • Biology 102
    • Biology 107A
    • Chemistry 112A, 112B, 112C
    • Statistics 100A

    Biology 151 and 175 are suggested in order to acquire a background in the life sciences appropriate for an Entomology major.

    For students intending to specialize at the graduate level in insect toxicology or insect physiology and biochemistry, it is recommended that Biochemistry 110A, 110B, 110C and 102 be substituted in place of an equal number of upper-division course units in life sciences. Due to course content overlap credit will not be allowed for Biochemistry 110A-110B-110C and Biochemistry 100.

  • Requirements for a Minor in Entomology

    The Department of Entomology offers a minor in Entomology designed to allow the student the freedom to pursue areas of particular interest. The minor consists of no less than 20 and no more than 28 units of Entomology courses to be selected as follows:

    • Entomology 100
    • Select from the following upper-division Entomology courses to complete the unit requirement:
    • Entomology 106, 107L, 109, 112, 114, 124, 126, 126L, 127, 128, 129, 129L, 133, 162, 173, 190, 197, 199H
    • No more than 4 units of Entomology 190, 197, or 199H, either solely or in combination, may be applied toward the unit requirement.
    • Of the specified upper-division units, a minimum of 16 must be unique to the minor and may not be used to satisfy major requirements.

    See “Minors” under the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences in the Colleges and Programs section of this catalog for additional information on minors.


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