Entomology and Nematology Program Information
The Entomology and Nematology department offers research-based M.S. (thesis) and PhD degrees in entomology and in nematology. Our large faculty in Gainesville and at Research and Education Centers around the state allow for study in many important areas, including behavior, ecology, systematics, biological control, nematology, pest management, and medical, veterinary and urban entomology. Molecular, whole organism and population ecology studies are all within the range of supported research in the Entomology and Nematology department, and our nematology program is one of the most comprehensive in the nation.
The M.S. degree can be taken in a non-thesis format, in Gainesville or entirely online, with a specialization in either entomology or pest management. Online M.S. degrees are designed to accommodate place-bound students interested in biological science with emphasis on insects and other arthropods, including extension faculty and other educators; state and federal employees in agricultural, environmental and regulatory positions; consultants; pest control industry personnel; and others who want to further their education.
Certificates, comprising 15 credit hours of specific coursework, are available online or to residential students with concentrations in urban pest management, landscape pest management or medical entomology. These certificates document specialization and proficiency in sub-disciplines within entomology for enrolled graduate students and provide evidence of expertise for non-degree seeking students.
Students entering graduate programs in entomology and nematology should have a strong science background, including biology, chemistry, and algebra. Physics and statistics are recommended. Admissions criteria can be found on the Graduate School’s Admission page.