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Graduate Programs in Applied Entomology

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Overview | Advising | Masters | Beekeeping | Pest Management | Sustainable Agriculture | Urban Agriculture

Programs Overview

Graduate Programs in Applied Entomology are offered through an online learning environment within a 12-week calendar format benefitting working professionals with flexibility, convenience, and accessibility. Instruction is provided by UMD faculty and experts in the field. The programs include a professional masters and four graduate certificates. The programs are offered through the Department of Entomology in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences.

Master of Professional Studies in Applied Entomology, is a 30-credit, 10-course online program that may be completed in as little as 15 months. The MPS in Applied Entomology focuses on the importance of insects and their role in various ecosystems. The MPS integrates aspects of biochemistry, molecular biology and evolution theory with ecology using insects as a model. Students learn about the physiological and ecological interactions between insects and pathogens and the various approaches for insect control. Students develop skills and knowledge required for critical thinking for best practices to improve management strategies for agriculture and the control of insect vectors of human and plant disease, while promoting pollinator health. See MPS Plan of Study.

Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Beekeeping, is a 12-credit, 4-course program that may be completed in 12 months. Beekeeping focuses on the anatomy, physiology, and ecology of the honeybee. Students are taught how to construct and maintain a hive and best practices for maintaining a healthy colony. See Beekeeping Plan of Study.

Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Integrated Pest Management (IPM), is a 12-credit, 4-course program that may be completed in 12 months. IPM focuses on the techniques of integrated pest management for proper pest control management. IPM is an effective and environmentally conscientious approach to pest management. Students learn about the life cycles of insects and their interaction with the environment to determine the most effective pest control methods while taking in consideration the effects of treatments to local ecosystems. See IPM Plan of Study.

Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (OSA), is a 12-credit, 4-course program that may be completed in 12 months. 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. OSA includes the development of a list of sustainable practices for conserving and managing insects in the landscape. OSA teaches students about pest management options that do not require the use of synthetic chemical pesticides and focuses on organic alternative. See OSA Plan of Study.

Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Urban Agriculture (UA), is a 12-credit, 4-course program that may be completed in 12 months. UA focuses on the growing of plants and the raising of animals within and around cities. UA provides students with the skills required to maintain plants and beneficial insects in and around these settings. UA also focuses on the urban ecosystem and urban policies and plans. See UA Plan of Study.

Students who successfully complete requirements for a graduate certificate may apply these credits towards the MPS. Students must first submit an application for the MPS. If applying within a five-year period, students do not need to re-submit accompanying application materials or pay the application fee.

Students should visit Calendars & Deadlines to determine the term schedule start and end dates as well as deadlines for cancellation or withdrawal. In a 12-week term, students complete course work in 11 weeks; week 12 is reserved for finals. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required to maintain good academic progress for graduation. Students are responsible for keeping track of their progress and should review their academic record to ensure accuracy.

Academic Director & Advising

Mentoring and advisement is an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the program director to ensure that educational goals are being met. Prospective and current students are urged to consult with the following academic directors:

Tammatha O'Brien, Ph.D.
College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Department of Entomology
E-mail: tammatha@umd.edu
Phone: 301.405.1305

Marcia Shofner, Ph.D.
College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Department of Entomology
E-mail: mshofner@umd.edu
Phone: 301.405.3938

Plan of Study, MPS in Applied Entomology

The MPS in Applied Entomology is a 30-credit (ten 3-credit courses) online program designed to be completed in 15 months over the course of five 12-week terms. The MPS has five core courses (15 credits) and five field courses (15 credits). Full-time students take two courses (6 credits) per term. Students may also enroll part-time, completing one course (3 credits per term) and students should note if a course has a pre-requisite or co-requisite.

MPS in Applied Entomology: Plan of Study
Course Core Courses Term Offered
ENTM710 Insect Biodiversity, Physiology and Ecology I (Fall)
ENTM720 Native, Invasive, and Exotic Species III (Spring)
ENTM760 Insects in the 21st Century IV (Summer)
ENTM756 Insect Diseases and Pathology V (Fall)
ENTM769 Capstone Course (Scholarly paper) V (Fall)
Field Courses (choose 5)
ENTM745 Bee Biology and Beekeeping I (Fall)
ENTM750 Urban Pests I (Fall)
ENTM730 Plant Diagnostics II (Winter)
ENTM747 Pollinator Health II (Winter)
ENTM725 IPM Practices III (Spring)
ENTM740 Organic Practices III (Spring)
ENTM746 Commercial Beekeeping III (Spring)
ENTM735 Sustainability IV (Summer)
ENTM751 The history and culture of bees and beekeepers IV (Summer)
ENTM755 Designing an Urban Garden IV (Summer)

Plan of Study, GC in Beekeeping

The GC in Beekeeping is a 12-credit (four 3-credit courses) online program designed to be completed in 12 months over the course of four 12-week terms.

Graduate Certificate in Beekeeping: Plan of Study
Course Core Courses Term Offered
ENTM745 Bee Biology and Beekeeping I (Fall)
ENTM747 Pollinator Health II (Winter)
ENTM746 Commercial Beekeeping III (Spring)
ENTM751 The history and culture of bees and beekeepers IV (Summer)

Plan of Study, GC in Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

The GC in Integrated Pest Management is a 12-credit (four 3-credit courses) online program designed to be completed in 12 months over the course of four 12-week terms.

Graduate Certificate in Integrated Pest Management: Plan of Study
Course Core Courses Term Offered
ENTM710 Insect Biodiversity, Physiology and Ecology I (Fall)
ENTM747 Pollinator Health II (Winter)
ENTM725 IPM Practices III (Spring)
ENTM735 Sustainability IV (Summer)

Plan of Study, GC in Organic and Sustained Agriculture (OSA)

The GC in Organic and Sustained Agriculture is a 12-credit (four 3-credit courses) online program designed to be completed in 12 months over the course of four 12-week terms.

Graduate Certificate in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture: Plan of Study
Course Core Courses Term Offered
ENTM710 Insect Biodiversity, Physiology and Ecology I (Fall)
ENTM730 Plant Diagnostics II (Winter)
ENTM740 Organic Practices III (Spring)
ENTM735 Sustainability IV (Summer)

Plan of Study, GC in Urban Agriculture (UA)

The GC in Urban Agriculture is a 12-credit (four 3-credit courses) online program designed to be completed in 12 months over the course of four 12-week terms.

Graduate Certificate in Urban Agriculture: Plan of Study
Course Core Courses Term Offered
ENTM710 Insect Biodiversity, Physiology and Ecology I (Fall)
ENTM730 Plant Diagnostics II (Winter)
ENTM750 Urban Pests III (Spring)
ENTM755 Designing an Urban Garden IV (Summer)

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