Insect Science

Insect Science

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The field of insect science encompasses the agricultural, biological and environmental sciences related to insects and their interactions with humans. Insects are essential to maintaining healthy ecosystems, so management of both beneficial and pest insects is essential to global food security. This major is designed to prepare you for a career utilizing the understanding of insects and their interactions with environmental and human systems.

The Nebraska Difference


Work hands-on with insects


Nearly 50% of graduates pursue advanced degrees


Conduct research that makes an impact

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Program Features

Hands-On Learning

Work hands-on and interact with diverse insects inside and outside the classroom to study anatomy, behavior and environmental impact. 

Faculty Investment

Learn from skilled, expert faculty who will mentor and advise you throughout your academic journey and prioritize your success. 

Research Opportunities

Entomology research programs at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are dynamic, award-winning and known nationally and internationally. 

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Notable Courses

Insect Biology (ENTO 115)

Fundamental insect biology: anatomy, development, physiology, behavior, ecology and diversity. Learn the economic and medical importance of insects and principles of insect pest management.

Insect ID (ENTO 116)

Identification of representative orders and families of insects by their anatomy, metamorphosis, habits and habitats. Sight recognition emphasized but dichotomous keys also used.

Toxins in the Environment (ENTO 300)

Introduction to the principles of toxicology as they apply to environmental contaminants, agri-chemicals, and industrial and naturally occurring chemicals.

Management of Field Crop Insects (ENTO 308)

The concepts and principles of managing beneficial and pest insects associated with field crops.

Insect Ecology (ENTO 406)

Biotic and abiotic factors and their influence on insect development, behavior, distribution and abundance.

Forensic Entomology (ENTO 414)

Application of entomology to legal issues and criminal investigations. Learn about insects of forensic importance, insect succession on carrion and case studies.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Discovery group intern, Pioneer, York, Nebraska
  • Plant breeding intern, Dow Chemical, York, Nebraska
  • USDA-ARS Entomology Museum Internship, Washington, D.C.
  • 4-H/Extension intern, Nebraska


  • Insect zoo coordinator, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • Medical officer, United States Navy, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Research entomologist, USDA, Wenatchee, Washington
  • Entomologist, Belcan, Chesterfield, Missouri

Graduate Schools

  • Entomology, University of Arkansas
  • Plant pathology/entomology, Auburn University
  • Entomology, Washington State University
  • Ph.D. Entomology, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

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