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Medical-Veterinary Entomology

Due to the pathogens and parasites they carry, some of the world’s most dangerous animals are arthropods — mosquitoes, ticks, lice and others. There is a pressing need for people trained in the biology of vector-borne diseases, due to the persistence and global spread of vectored pathogens of humans and animals. These include protists that cause malaria, viruses such as Zika and West Nile, Lyme and other bacterial diseases, filarial worms and many others.

This minor will be of great use to students pursuing research or clinical careers in human or veterinary medicine, wildlife health and conservation, animal husbandry and public health.


19 units

Complete the following five courses (15 units)

  • ENT 100 General Entomology (4 units)
  • ENT 100L General Entomology Laboratory (2 units)
  • ENT 104 Behavioral Ecology of Insects (3 units)
  • ENT 153 Medical Entomology (3 units)
  • ENT 156 Biology of Parasitism (3 units)

Choose at least 4 units

  • ENT 156L Biology of Parasitism Laboratory (1 unit)
  • ENT 158 Forensic Entomology (3 units)
  • MIC 162 General Virology (4 units)

Total = 19 units


Minor Advisors

S. Lawler
(530) 754-8341

S. Nadler
(530) 752-2121