To apply for the Certificate please fill out the Application for Completion of Undergraduate Certificate and email it to Rachel Doty and Goggy Davidowitz
Insects make up most of multicellular life on earth, contribute to many human diseases and agricultural plagues, and provide superb model systems for studying all levels of biological organization. Insects can inform our understanding of how the planet responds to climate change and how we can increase sustainability and reduce our carbon footprint. The Department of Entomology has a wealth of broad expertise in basic and applied fields and is among the highest ranked departments of entomology in the U.S.. The 12-unit Undergraduate Certificate in Entomology and Insect Science offers a flexible course of study that the students can tailor to their own interests. Possible areas of interest include (but are not limited to): insect pest management, public health and medical entomology, systematics, genomics, behavior, ecology, physiology and evolutionary biology.
This certificate will provide students with advanced education and skills in insect related fields to be competitive for graduate programs in disciplines such as Environmental Sciences, Public Health, Epidemiology, Ecology, and Entomology and for employment in agricultural and biotech industries.
The target audience are undergraduates interested in continuing in a career associated with insects. This could be in Integrative Pest Management (IPM), public health such as with insect borne diseases, biotech, systematics, ecology or general agriculture. Students interested in these career paths will be more attractive to employers if they can demonstrate expertise and experience with insects. This certificate can be an introductory pathway to a graduate degree in Entomology.
Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment
The student should meet the following outcomes upon completion of the certificate:
- Students will be able to differentiate the distinct roles insects play in human health, society and culture.
- Students will be able to contrast and compare the diversity, life stages and ecology of major groups of insects.
- Students will be able to extrapolate from insect model systems to ecosystems, agriculture and human health.
- Minimum total units required- 12 units
- Minimum upper-division units required- 6 units
- Total transfer units that may apply to the certificate- 6 units
- Double dipping restrictions- If one or both of the two Tier 1 courses 160D1 and 170C2 are used towards certificate credit requirements, they cannot be used as fulfillment of Gen Ed course requirements.
- Required course- ENTO 415R- Insect Biology
- No more than 4 units from ENTO 392, 492, 499, 499H
- Electives of nine additional units from list below
- ENTO 160D1 How Insects Shaped Human History (3 units)
- ENTO 170C2 How Insects Conquered Earth (3 units)
- ENTO 415R Insect Biology (3 units)
- ENTO 300 Insect Pest Management for Desert Cropping (3 units)
- ENTO 401 Ecological Physiology (3 units)
- ENTO 407 Insect Discovery (3 units)
- ENTO 417 Insect Systematics (4 units)
- ENTO 432 Comparative Immunology (3 units)
- ENTO 436 Agro Ecology (3 units)
- ENTO 457 Medical-Veterinary Entomology (3 units)
- ENTO 403R Biology of Animal Parasites (3 units)
- ENTO 497C Greenhouse Pest Management (3 units)
- ENTO 405 Aquatic Entomology (4 units)
- ENTO 468 Integrated Pest Management (3 units)
- ENTO 392 Directed Research (1-3 units)
- ENTO 492 Directed Research (1-3 units)
- ENTO 499 Independent Study (1-3 units)
- ENTO 499H Honors Independent Study (1-3 units)