Graduate Programs in Applied Entomology

Plan of Study: Organic and Sustainable Agriculture

The GC-OSA is a 12-credit (four 3-credit courses) graduate program designed to be completed in 12 months of continuous enrollment as outlined in the plan of study, below. 

The program uses the term academic calendar:  I (fall), II (winter), III (spring), IV (summer). See Approved Term Calendars for a specific academic year start and end dates. Online content is delivered through UMD’s online learning environment

Specific class meeting information is posted on UMD’s online schedule of classes, Testudo.

  GC-Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, Plan of Study: Fall Admission  
Term Offered Course # Course Title Sections Begin With Course Credit
I ENTM710 Insect Biodiversity, Physiology and Ecology PLE* 3
II ENTM730 Plant Diagnostics PLE* 3
III ENTM740 Organic Practices PLE* 3
IV ENTM735 Sustainability PLE* 3

The GC-OSA focuses on sustainability through examining both the ecosystem services provided by beneficial insects, as well as the management of injurious insects. Ecological functions of insects in the natural and anthropogenic landscape is illustrated and discussed, including the development of a list of sustainable practices for conserving and managing insects in the landscape. Student learn about pest management options that do not require the use of synthetic chemical pesticides and focuses on organic alternative.

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