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Entomology & Insect Science (PhD)

Minimum credits for Major: 45
Minimum credits for Minor: 9
Minimum credits for dissertation: 18

These units include 36 units toward the major and 9 counting toward the minor.  At least half of these (23 units or more) must be taken in letter-graded courses (vs. research or independent study units).  These units will include EIS courses, courses in the minor, other courses chosen from the schedule of classes and approved by the Graduate Committee, and research and independent study units.  Eligible transfer courses may also be included in this tally. For policy information please reference: Graduate College policies for doctoral students

EIS PhD Required Courses:

1. At least 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 four (4) times, fall & spring semester in the first and second year of the program. 


3. At least two research rotations - Methods in Entomology & Insect Science EIS 792 (previously EIS 700) (3 units).  One rotation needs to be completed in a laboratory other than the advisor of record.


4. EIS 920 Dissertation (18 units).

5. PhD minor consisting of at least 9 units.  Minors must be in a program or department other than EIS.  A member of the minor department or program must serve on the student's committee and approve the units taken for fulfillment of the minor.

Other courses that may be taken by EIS students include:

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)


Elective Coursework:
In the fall students taking the required EIS 596A seminar course will attend Program research seminars and, separately, read the literature in their own area of research, write summaries and twice per semester, present a paper relevant to their own research in the class meeting time.  The spring semester EIS 596A seminar course will be a structured proposal writing workshop, with frequent peer, advisor, and course instructor review of drafts. 


Additional Requirements:

PhD students must complete at least one semester of a Teaching Assistantship. They are also expected to give two research talks following completion of their comprehensive examination, at least one on campus.



Last updated 18 Aug 2021