The Washington State University Pullman Catalog

Department of Entomology

The online catalog includes the most recent changes to courses and degree requirements that have been approved by the Faculty Senate, including changes that are not yet effective.

Department of Entomology
FSHN 166

Professor and Chair, L. S. Lavine; Professors, E. H. Beers, D. W. Crowder, A. Felsot, W. S. Sheppard, J. D. Stark, D. B. Walsh, R. S. Zack; Associate Professors, D. G. James, T. Northfield, J. Owen; Assistant Professors, S. Basu, S. Bossert, J. Guterriez Illan, B. Hopkins, E. Murray, L. Nottingham, R. Orpet, W. S. Wheeler, G. Zhu; Adjunct Faculty, I. Andreas, G. Angelella, J. E. Banks, R. Clark, R. Cooper, L. D. Hansen, A. Jensen, L. Kraft, C. Looney, T. Murray, D. Onstad, R. A. Schmidt-Jeffris, R. Weidenmann; Professors Emeriti, J. F. Brunner, V. Hebert, V. Jones.

Insects and related arthropods are dominant components in all terrestrial and most freshwater ecosystems. There are more species of insects than all the other species of animals and plants combined. This almost unimaginable diversity provides the most fertile resource for scientific inquiry within a number of areas of biology. Entomology at Washington State University is active, robust, and dynamic. The curriculum provides the opportunity to investigate the basic and applied aspects of the science. Facilities and training are available for study in major areas of entomology including, but not limited to, apiculture, behavior, integrated biological control and sustainable pest management, integrated pest management, ecology, insect/plant interactions, population genetics, physiology, taxonomy/systematics, biological diversity, environmental toxicology, and medical/veterinary entomology. 

The entomology curriculum provides the opportunity to study basic and applied aspects of entomology and prepares students employment in all aspects and levels of the science. Courses provide needed training for students in agriculture, data sciences, education, veterinary medicine, microbiology, public health, environmental sciences, and natural sciences.

The department offers courses of study leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Entomology option; Master of Science in Entomology, and Doctor of Philosophy (Entomology). Additional information can be obtained on the web at

Preparation for Graduate Study

     As preparation for work toward an advanced degree in entomology, a student should have completed an undergraduate major in one of the biological or physical sciences, forestry, agriculture, or a closely related field. Potential students with majors in other disciplines are considered on an individual basis. Background work should include courses in the biological and physical sciences, genetics, ecology, entomology, and the plant and animal sciences.

Graduate Programs

     The Department of Entomology offers graduate programs leading to Doctoral and Master of Science degrees.


     Facilities and training are available for graduate study in major areas of entomology, including (but not limited to) apiculture; behavior; integrated biological control and sustainable pest management; integrated pest management; ecology; insect/plant interactions; medical/veterinary entomology; population genetics; physiology; systematics; biological diversity and environmental toxicology. Faculty are housed both on campus and at Research and Extension Centers throughout the state. We also maintain strong cooperative interactions with the USDA ARS lab in Wapato, Washington. 



View Full Unit Information
Student Affairs Schedule of Classes Commencement Veteran's Affairs Summer Session
Office of the Registrar, PO Box 641035, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-1035, 509-335-5346,
Copyright © Board of Regents, Washington State University