Entering students are expected to have completed a course in organic chemistry upon admission to the Graduate School. If this course is lacking, the student will be required to correct the course deficiency prior to admission or early in their degree program.  All graduate students (MSFLS and PhD) are required to demonstrate competency in basic insect biology and statistics prior to graduation.  Competency in insect biology may be demonstrated by taking courses like insect biology, medical/veterinary entomology or another course beyond introductory or general entomology.  All students must complete at least one course in each of three core areas:

  • Biochemistry/molecular and cell biology (Biochemistry for Life Sciences, Insect Physiology or Insecticide Toxicology)
  • Statistics (Biometry, Statistics in Research, or approved substitute)
  • Information management (Research and Information Systems in the Life Sciences)

 

MSLFS Program

A Graduate Advisory Committee is formed for each student during their first semester. This committee is chaired by the student's major professor and has at least two other members. For each student, the Graduate Advisory Committee determines a plan of study according to the student's background and desired area of specialization.

For the thesis-based masters, 20 credit hours of course work and 10 credit hours of research are required. With successful completion of both coursework and research (thesis) requirements, masters students will receive a degree in life sciences with a concentration in entomology.

For a non-thesis masters, a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework is required. In addition to coursework, these students must complete an internship and a project. The advisory committee will supervise the selection and conduct of the internship and project and will conduct a final oral examination. NOTE: a non-thesis masters degree is intended to be a terminal degree and is not a satisfactory prerequisite for continuing on toward a Ph.D.

Ph.D. Program

A Graduate Advisory Committee is formed for each student during his or her first semester. This committee is chaired by the student's major professor and has a minimum of five members, with at least one from outside the department.  For each student, the Graduate Advisory Committee determines a plan of study according to the student's background and desired area of specialization. Ph.D. students are expected to demonstrate competency in their area of specialization and are required to take a minimum of 27 hours of courses numbered 5000 or higher as part of a plan of study determined by their committee. Candidates must demonstrate breadth of experience in at least one topic apart from the major area of study. This enrichment experience must be approved by the committee and may take the form of foreign language, business, computer science, or other pre-approved topic.

 

Online Masters Degree

For those seeking a distance learning degree, please consider the Agricultural and Life Sciences Online Graduate Degree Program. Several entomology courses are available within the five concentration options.

Questions?

Please contact our Graduate Program Director, Dr. Scott Salom at salom@vt.edu or 540-231-2794.