Fundamentals of Entomology

 

Undergraduate Certificate | Fundamentals of Entomology

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

The Department of Entomology offers the undergraduate Fundamentals of Entomology certificate by distance education, on-campus, or by a combination. The program is designed to increase personal knowledge of insects and their importance to mankind and our environment. It will allow the student to appreciate the role of insect biology and diversity in relation to all forms of animal life.

Eligibility

The certificate is open to all NC State undergraduate degree-seeking students and to those who are enrolled as Non-Degree Studies (NDS) students.

Cost

This 12-credit undergraduate program includes four 3-credit undergraduate courses. At 2018-19 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $237 per credit for North Carolina residents and $890 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $2,844 for North Carolina residents and $10,680 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Plan of Study

The Program consists of 12 credit hours of entomology courses (four courses) of which three credit hours are required and nine credit hours are electives. All courses taken to satisfy the certificate requirements must be completed with a combined GPA of 2.0 or higher. Only courses completed with a grade of "C-" or better will be considered for the certificate. NDS students may register for a maximum of 6 credit hours per semester. Thus, this certificate may be completed in as little as two semesters.

Career Prospects

Students who complete this program should be better prepared to teach in the field of science education, work in many fields of animal and plant science including the agricultural sciences, and have a better appreciation of the world in which they live.

Required

ENT 425 - General Entomology

Units: 3

This course explores the science of entomology by focusing on the basic principles of systematics, morphology, physiology, development, behavior, ecology, and management of insects. Field trips provide opportunities to collect insects and study their adaptations to a wide variety of natural environments.

GEP: Natural Sciences

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

Electives (3 courses totaling 9 credits are required)

ENT 201 - Insects and People

Units: 3

An introduction to the fascinating world of insects and how they interact with people. Included is a brief survey of insect history, diversity, structure and function, and behavior. This is followed by examples of beneficial and harmful insects in a variety of human activities including some sampling of the profound impacts insects have had on history, society and culture.

GEP: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

GEP: Natural Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 1 2019 Fall Term

ENT 203 - An Introduction to the Honey Bee and Beekeeping

Units: 3

Introduction to honey bee biology and a fundamental understanding of beekeeping management including crop pollination by bees. Examination of the relationships between honey bees and humans from prehistoric through modern times and the behavior and social system of one of the animal world's most complex and highly organized non-human societies.

GEP: Natural Sciences

Offered in Fall Only

ENT 207 - Insects and Human Disease

Units: 3

This course is an introduction to the many interactions between insects, other arthropods and humans that result in disease, ranging from simple anxiety, phobias, discomfort and pain, to transmission of pathogenic organisms causing sickness and even death. Included will be an understanding of the special physical and chemical adaptations of insects that enable them to cause us harm. The major groups of insects, mites, ticks and related arthropods associated with human suffering and disease as well as an introduction to the diseases transmitted by them will be presented. Finally, the course will present information on how major outbreaks of disease transmitted by the insects have influenced human populations, demographics, warfare, religion, and societal structure throughout recorded history.

GEP: Global Knowledge

GEP: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

GEP: Natural Sciences

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

ENT 401 - Honey Bee Biology and Management

Units: 3

A hands-on course in honey bee management including bee pollination of selected crops based on an understanding of bee biology, bee behavior, bee pathology, and bee botany. Students must be able to provide their transportation to field sites or arrange to work with a beekeeping mentor. Students may choose, but are not required, to purchase their own beekeeping equipment and hive.

Offered in Spring Only

 
Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallAugust 20, 2019
SpringJanuary 2, 2020
SummerJune 21, 2019

Dr. Clyde Sorenson

Certificate Coordinator

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

919.515.8427
clyde_sorenson@ncsu.edu