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BS Entomology

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
4 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
50712 USD
National
33968 USD

Application fee

International 95 USD
National 95 USD
Department
Department of Entomology
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
SAT (avg)1550
ACT (avg)33
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About this course

An excellent option for those who are sure they would like to pursue graduate studies or a career involving insect biology. This is a small major, which increases the interactions between students and faculty and their graduate students. Students study broadly across biology and other natural sciences, such as chemistry and physics, and deeply within the biology of insects.The entomology curriculum provides students with a basic background in biological and natural sciences with a special emphasis on the study of insects. Majors may pursue graduate studies in entomology or related sciences upon completion of the B. S. degree. Alternatively, students may immediately begin careers in various aspects of basic or applied insect biology including integrated pest management, insect pathology, environmental assessment, medical or veterinary entomology, insect toxicology, apiculture, insect systematics or insect ecology. Because of the diversity of career options, the major includes flexibility among the core requirements and electives that can be selected by students in consultation with their advisors.

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Eligibility Criteria

Test Requirements
All international students must meet the same test requirements as our first-year or our transfer applicants.  SAT or ACT and SAT Subject Test requirements cannot be waived based on the completion or submission of IB, A-levels, or other international credentials.

TOEFL and IELTS Testing Requirements
International freshman and transfer applicants for whom English is not the first language must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

The recommended minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL - Score of 100 (Internet-based exam) and 600 (paper exam)
  • IELTS - Score of 7

TOEFL/IELTS testing policy exemptions:

The TOEFL and/or IELTS requirement for international applicants is waived for students achieving a score of at least 670 on the Critical Reading section of the SAT exam OR for students who have studied for at least four years in the U.S. or other nations where English is an official language. You can request a TOEFL waiver. Please note that Cornell does NOT waive the TOEFL/IELTS test requirement for students who have attended an English-speaking school in a non-English speaking country.

 

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Course Modules

 General Requirements
General Requirements for CALS (see Graduation Requirements for Bachelor of Science) Basic Science and Math Requirements.

Physical Sciences

  • One year of college mathematics (may substitute statistics or biometry)
  • One semester of physics (may need two depending on future plans)
  • CHEM 2070 and CHEM 2080 General Chemistry I&II (or)
  • CHEM 2150 and CHEM 2160 Honors General and Inorganic Chemistry (for students with AP credit in chemistry)
  • CHEM 1570 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry (or) 
  • CHEM 3570 and CHEM 3580 Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences (for students planning on medical school)

Introductory Life Science

  • BIOG 1500 Investigative Biology Laboratory
  • BIOMG 2800/2801 Genetics and Genomics (Lab)
  • BIOEE 1780 Evolutionary Biology and Diversity
  • BIOG 1610 Ecology and the Environment (or)
  • ENTOM 4550 Insect Ecology

Choose two of the following three courses: (Choice depends on student interest in organismal vs. cellular/molecular aspects of biology)

  • BIOMG 3300, 3310, 3320, 3330 (or) 3350 Principles of Biochemistry
  • BIOMG 1350 Principles of Cell and Developmental Biology
  • BIOG 1440 Introduction to Comparative Physiology (or) ENTOM 4830 Insect Physiology

Entomology Requirements (15-21 credits)

  • ENTOM 2120 Insect Biology - 4 cr

Group A (core courses)
Choose two of the following six courses. If ENTOM 4550 or ENTOM 4830 have been used to satisfy the core requirements above, they will not satisfy the Group A requirements.

  • ENTOM 3310/3311 Insect Diversity and Evolution (Lab) - 4 cr
  • ENTOM 3330 Maggots, Grubs and Cutworms: Larval Insect Biology - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 3410 Applied Entomology - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 3520/3521 Medical and Veterinary Entomology (Lab) - 4 cr
  • ENTOM 4440 Integrated Pest Management - 4 cr
  • ENTOM 4500/4501 Comparative Immunology-Innate Immunity In Action (Lab) - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 4550 Insect Ecology - 4 cr
  • ENTOM 4830 Insect Physiology - 4 cr

Group B (advanced electives)

  • ENTOM 3030 Applied Statistics: Biological Experiments in Practice - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 3070 Pesticides, the Environment and Human Health - 2 cr
  • ENTOM 3150 Spider Biology - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 3200 Grape Pest Management - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 3250 Insect Behavior - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 3350 Naturalist Outreach Practicum - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 3440 Insect Conservation Biology - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 3630 Microbe-Invertebrate Associations - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 3690 Chemical Ecology - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 4610 - Model-Based Phylogenetics and Hypothesis Testing - 3 cr
  • ENTOM 4700 Ecological Genetics - 4 cr
  • ENTOM 4900 Toxicology of Insecticides - 3 cr

Courses and Academic Options
Below is a complete list of all the courses offered by the Department of Entomology

Entomology

  • ENTOM 3340 - Tropical Field Entomology
  • ENTOM 3440 - Insect Conservation Biology (crosslisted)
  • ENTOM 4940 - Special Topics in Entomology
  • ENTOM 4970 - Individual Study in Entomology
  • ENTOM 4980 - Undergraduate Teaching
  • ENTOM 4990 - Undergraduate Research in Entomology
  • ENTOM 7070 - Individual Study for Graduate Students
  • ENTOM 7100 - Mastering the Craft of Scientific Writing
  • ENTOM 7670 - Professional Development in Entomology
  • ENTOM 8900 - Master's Level Thesis Research
  • ENTOM 9900 - Doctoral Level Thesis Research

Statistics:

  • ENTOM 3030 - Applied Statistics:  Biological Experiments in Practice

Behavior:

  • ENTOM 2150 - Spider Biology: Life on a Silken Thread
  • ENTOM 3150 - Spider Biology
  • ENTOM 3250 - Insect Behavior (crosslisted)
  • ENTOM 6620 - Insect Behavior Seminar

Ecology:

  • ENTOM 2020 - Invasions: Trading Species in a Shrinking World
  • ENTOM 3690 - Chemical Ecology (crosslisted)
  • ENTOM 4550 - Insect Ecology (crosslisted)
  • ENTOM 4700 - Ecological Genetics (crosslisted)
  • ENTOM 4730 - Ecology of Agricultural Systems (crosslisted)
  • ENTOM 6900 - Seminar in Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (crosslisted)
  • ENTOM 7570 - Seminar in Spatial Population Ecology (crosslisted)
  • ENTOM 7640 - Plant-Insect Interactions Seminar (crosslisted)

Introductory courses:

  • ENTOM 2010 - Alien Empire: Bizarre Biology of Bugs
  • ENTOM 2011 - Alien Empire: Bizarre Biology of Bugs
  • ENTOM 2020 - Invasions: Trading Species in a Shrinking World
  • ENTOM 2030 - Honey Bees: Their Intriguing Biology and Interactions with Humans
  • ENTOM 2100 - Plagues and People (crosslisted)
  • ENTOM 2120 - Insect Biology
  • ENTOM 2150 - Spider Biology: Life on a Silken Thread
  • ENTOM 2410 - Applied Entomology in the Field: Insect Pests of Agriculture, Urban Environments, and Public Health

Medical and veterinary entomology:

  • ENTOM 2100 - Plagues and People (crosslisted)
  • ENTOM 3520 - Medical and Veterinary Entomology
  • ENTOM 3521 - Lab in Medical and Veterinary Entomology

Outreach:

  • ENTOM 3350 - Naturalist Outreach Practicum
  • ENTOM 3360 - Naturalist Outreach Continued
  • ENTOM 7090 - Teaching Entomology

Pathology:

  • ENTOM 3630 - Bugs in Bugs: The World of Pathogens and Parasites
  • ENTOM 4190 - Agricultural Application of Plant Health Concepts (crosslisted)
  • ENTOM 4500 - Comparative Immunology-Innate Immunity In Action
  • ENTOM 4501 - Comparative Immunology-Innate Immunity In Action, Lab
  • ENTOM 6700 - Seminar on Biological Control
  • ENTOM 6900 - Seminar in Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (crosslisted) ENTOM 6700 - Seminar on Biological Control

Pest management:

  • ENTOM 2410 - Applied Entomology in the Field: Insect Pests of Agriculture, Urban Environments, and Public Health
  • ENTOM 3200 - Grape Pest Management (crosslisted)
  • ENTOM 4440 - Integrated Pest Management (crosslisted)
  • ENTOM 6700 - Seminar on Biological Control

Physiology, development, and toxicology:

  • ENTOM 3070 - Pesticides, the Environment, and Human Health (crosslisted)
  • ENTOM 4500 - Comparative Immunology-Innate Immunity In Action
  • ENTOM 4501 - Comparative Immunology-Innate Immunity In Action, Lab
  • ENTOM 4830 - Insect Physiology
  • ENTOM 4900 - Toxicology of Insecticides (crosslisted)
  • ENTOM 6850 - Seminar in Insect Physiology

Systematics:

  • ENTOM 3310 - Insect Diversity and Evolution
  • ENTOM 3311 - Insect Diversity and Evolution Laboratory
  • ENTOM 3330 - Maggots, Grubs, and Cutworms: Larval Insect Biology
  • ENTOM 4610 - Model-Based Phylogenetics and Hypothesis Testing
  • ENTOM 6340 - Special Topics in Systematic Entomology

 

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First-Year Applicants
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You are a first-year applicant if you'll complete high school during the 2015-16 academic year or if you've graduated from high school but have earned fewer than 12 credits at a college or university. Before you apply, be sure to review our checklist to make sure you have all the things you need for your application.

Application Checklist
If you are a first-year applicant, before you press “send,” make sure you have completed all the application items using the checklist below.

  • The Common Application (CA) or Universal College Application (UCA)
  • The School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • The Midyear Report, when your mid-year grades are available
  • $80 application fee or fee waiver
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  • Official secondary/high school transcript
  • Cornell University Questions and Writing Supplement (CA) or Cornell Supplement (UCA)
  • Items that are required by the Cornell undergraduate college or school to which you’ve applied: SAT Subject Test, interviews or portfolio and design submissions.

 International Students
At Cornell, we celebrate the great diversity and globalism of our university, its faculty, and students and we are excited that you are considering Cornell for your education. We invite you to explore what it is like learning at Cornell and living on our historic, beautiful campus in Ithaca, New York. 

Our applicants are an eclectic group, including international students who have moved among several countries or schools, U.S. citizens who have lived most of their lives abroad, or non-U.S. citizens completing school in the U.S. We read applications based on where you currently attend school, rather than by your citizenship status. Your application will be read with others from the school you attend and those from the same state (U.S.) or country.

Our international students follow the same application process as our first-year applicants or our transfer applicants.

Transfer Applicants
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You must apply to Cornell as a transfer student if you’ve graduated from high school and have earned 12 or more credits at another college or university since then. If you’ve enrolled as a full-time student at another institution, you’re also considered a transfer applicant.

Before you apply, be sure to review our checklist to make sure you have all the things you need for your transfer application.

Transfer Application Checklist
If you are a transfer applicant, before you press “send,” make sure you have completed all the application items using the checklist below. 

  • The Transfer Common Application (CA) or Universal College Application (UCA) including:
  • Academic Evaluation (CA) or Professor Recommendation (UCA)
  • College Report 
  • Mid-Term Report
  • Cornell University Transfer Questions and Writing Supplement (CA) or Transfer Supplement (UCA)
  • Standardized test scores (if taken)
  • Official secondary/high school and all college transcripts
  • $80 application fee or fee waiver
  • Items required by the Cornell undergraduate college or school to which you’ve applied:interviews, portfolio and design submissions, or course descriptions.

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