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Entomology & Insect Science (MS)

A minimum of 30 units total must be taken, including eight thesis units (EIS 910).  At least 15 units must be completed toward the MS requirements in letter-graded courses (vs. research or independent study units).  For policy information please reference: Graduate College policies for masters degrees.

EIS MS Required Courses:

1. Two of three of the following core courses:
     EIS 520 Insect Molecular Physiology (3 units)
     EIS 544 Insect Ecology (3 units)
     EIS 517 Insect Systematics (4 units)
     These courses are all offered alternate years, so students will take them in their first or second year. 

2. EIS 596A Current topics in Entomology & Insect Science Seminar (1 -3 units)
    Course is taken two times, fall and spring semester in the first year of the program.

3. EIS 910 Thesis (8 units).

EIS courses available to MS majors:

EIS 501 

Ecological Physiology (3 units)

EIS 513    

Applied Biostatistics (3 units)

EIS 532    

Comparative Immunology (3 units)

EIS 536    

Agro-ecology (3 units)

EIS 553    

Functional and Evolutionary Genomics (4 units)

EIS 557    

Medical-Veterinary Entomology (3 units)

EIS 588    

Principles of Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology (3 units)

EIS 597C  

Controlled Environment Agriculture IPM (3 units)

EIS 599

Independent Study (1 – 5 units)

EIS 660

Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 units)

EIS 699

Independent Study (1 – 3 units)

EIS 900    

Research (1 – 8 units)

In this interdisciplinary program, we encourage students to take courses in other programs that suit their developing interests, in consultation with their graduate committees. 

Some popular courses include:

BIO 567

Pollination Ecology-Behavior, Cognition, & Ecology of Pollinators (3 units)


Biostatistics in Public Health (3 units)


Biostatistics for Research (3 units)


Conservation Biology (3 units)

ECOL 519

Introduction to Modeling in Biology (3 units)

ECOL 526

Population Genetics (3 units)


Animal Behavior (3 units)


Topics in Social Insect Biology (2 units)


Fundamentals of Evolution (3 units)


Fundamentals of Ecology (3 units)

ENVS 567    

Introductory Statistics and Multivariate Statistics with R (3 units)


Basic Principles of Epidemiology (3 units)

PLP 550

Principles of Plant Microbiology (4 units)

PLS 575S

Physiology of Plant Production under Controlled Environment (3 units)

Last updated 18 Aug 2021