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Insect Biology

Insects play key roles in ecosystems and in human endeavors due to their immense variety of forms and functions. The goal of this minor is for students to learn about the different types of insects, and it emphasizes the traits that make them such important and successful animals. Insects share many traits with other organisms, and so are widely used as model systems for understanding biology. Their adaptations also determine how they interact as pests, pollinators, recyclers of organic material and vectors of pathogens (among other roles).

Training in insect biology is an advantage for students pursuing careers in in many areas of biological research and in natural resource management.


19-23 units

Complete the following two courses (6 units)

  • ENT 100 General Entomology (4 units)
  • ENT 100L General Entomology Laboratory (2 units)

Choose at least 7 units from the following

  • ENT 102 Insect Physiology (4 units)
  • ENT 103 Insects Systematics (3 units)
  • ENT 104 Behavioral Ecology of Insects (3 units)
  • ENT 105 Insect Ecology (4 units)
  • ENT 107 California Insect Diversity (5 units)
  • ENT 109 Field Taxonomy and Ecology (7 units)

Choose at least two additional upper division Entomology courses (6-10 units)

  • Except courses 192, 198, 199.6-10

Total = 19-23 units


Minor Advisors

S. Lawler
(530) 754-8341

S. Nadler
(530) 752-2121