Department of Entomology

Ph.D. Degree

Ph.D. Program in Entomology


The Ph.D. program in Entomology will produce graduates who:

1. Have comprehensive knowledge of the factual information, theoretical principles, and methodological approaches in the core areas of subcellular-cellular disciplines, suborganismal-organismal disciplines, and supraorganismal disciplines in the entomological sciences; are able to apply knowledge of these core areas to address complex problems in the entomological sciences.

Assessment Methods: Assignments and examinations in the core course sequence ENTM 201, ENTM 202, and ENTM 203; ENTM 250; written comprehensive examination that addresses the relationship of these core areas to the research prospectus.


2.Are able to (1) critically read, understand, and evaluate scholarly literature; (2) integrate and synthesize ideas; (3) identify and evaluate novel and relevant research questions; (4) develop appropriate and effective research strategies; (5) communicate clearly and effectively.

Assessment Methods: Qualifying Examination with written and oral components; research prospectus defense; annual presentation at Student Seminar Day; annual 2-credit seminars (ENTM 250-series 2-credit seminars)


3. Are able to (1) apply appropriate, responsible, and ethical research methods; (2) evaluate, analyze, and interpret evidence; (3) develop and sustain evidence-based arguments; (4) convey findings clearly and effectively; (5) identify broader implications of findings; (6) produce publishable results.

Assessment Methods: Annual progress reports; Student Seminar Day presentations; dissertation defense


4. Are able to produce acceptable results within reasonable timeframes.

Assessment Methods: Advancement to candidacy within 1 year of normative time of six quarters (2 years); degree conferral within 1 year of normative time of five years


5. Are effective teachers.

Assessment Methods: Assignments and examinations in teaching practicum course; student teaching evaluations


6. Are capable professionals.

Assessment Methods: Conference presentations, fellowship and grant awards, publications, reviewer activities, job placement


7. Are satisfied graduates.

Assessment Method: Exit interview

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