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Graduate Programs in Applied Entomology

Plans of Study & Courses

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

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)

Course Descriptions

ENTM710 Insect Biodiversity, Physiology and Ecology, 3 credits. A survey course discussing the various families of insects, discuss thing their anatomy and physiology, and their role in ecological systems. Students will examine the ecological and evolutionary perspectives on interactions between plants and vertebrate and invertebrate animals. Further, it explores the applied consequences of animal-plant interactions to agro-ecology and conservation biology. These goals are achieved by reviewing the theoretical underpinnings of animal-plant interactions, and exposing students to research literature on animal-plant interactions.

ENTM720 Native, Invasive, and Exotic Species, 3 credits. This course will examine introduced species impact, how invasive and exotic species spread, their impact of native species and methods of invasive species control.

ENTM725 IPM Practices, 3 credits. Students will be introduced to the techniques of integrated pest management for proper pest control management. Description – Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has been the most successful management paradigm for agriculture, forestry, and urban pest management for more than five decades. Students will learn the fundamental elements of IPM programs including recognition and monitoring of key pests, formation of decision-making guidelines, intervention tactics, and fundamentals of assessment.

ENTM730 Plant Diagnostics, 3 credits. The first step to managing pest and disease problems in plants is an accurate diagnosis. In this course, students will learn about the various biotic (living) and abiotic (nonliving) factors that can contribute to plant problems, and how to evaluate evidence and distinguish between these factors to arrive at an accurate diagnosis.

ENTM735 Sustainability, 3 credits. Application of the concept of sustainability to both ecosystem services provided by beneficial insects, as well as the management of injurious insects. Ecological functions of insects in the natural and anthropogenic landscape will be illustrated and discussed. In addition, case histories and discussions will focus on themes of sustainability in successful IPM programs, as well as specific practices that lead to sustainable agriculture. The course will conclude with the development of a list of sustainable practices for conserving and managing insects in the landscape.

ENTM740 Organic Practices, 3 credits. Students learn about alternative to chemical pesticides, and what being certified organic entails and how these practices relate to ecological principles. This course will discuss various natural processes that occur in the farm setting to determine the best practices to maintain biodiversity and successful crop production.

ENTM745 Bee Biology and Beekeeping, 3 credits. Students will be introduced to the anatomy and physiology of the honey bee colony with emphasis on how to use this information to best manage honey bee colonies.

ENTM746 Commercial Beekeeping, 3 credits
This course will provide an overview of the various components of the commercial beekeeping industry including migratory pollinators, queen rearing operations and honey producers.

ENTM747 Pollinator Health, 3 credits. Students will be given an overview of the importance of insect pollinators and threats to their populations. Emphasis will be placed on managed pollinators, particularly but not exclusively honey bees, where disease mitigation plans will be highlighted.

ENTM750 Urban Pests, 3 credits. More than 75% of the people living in the United States reside in urban areas. Urbanites have unique insect problems that threaten their health and wellbeing. This course will focus on the ecology and management of the most important groups of urban insect pests including disease agents and vectors such mosquitoes and bed bugs, venomous arthropods such as wasps and spiders, structural pests such as termites and carpenter ants, filth pests such as cockroaches and flies, stored product pests such as grain moths and beetles, and home invaders such as ants, stink bugs, and lady beetles.

ENTM751 The history and culture of bees and beekeepers, 3 credits. This course will look at the history of beekeeping in culture and literature. A comparison of past and present beekeeping practices in different regions of the world will be highlighted.

ENTM755 Designing an Urban Garden, 3 credits. Students will learn about challenges and current best practices for designing a sustainable garden in a city setting. The unique ecology and challenges of such a garden will be examined.

ENTM756 Insect Diseases and Pathology, 3 credits. The course will integrate aspects of biochemistry, molecular biology and evolution theory with ecology using pathogens of insects as a model. The course will explore the direction and goals of innovation in microbial biocontrol as well as the effect of social criticism and considerations of environmental impact on attempts to introduce engineered microorganisms. Students will develop an understanding of the co-evolutionary games pathogens and their hosts play. To help achieve this objective common themes and important differences in human, plant and insect diseases will be identified; review the physiological and ecological interactions between insects and pathogens and the application of pathogens for biocontrol and develop skills and knowledge required for critical thinking on the potential of using transgenics to improve management strategies for agriculture and the control of insect vectors of human disease. The first step to managing pest and disease problems in plants is an accurate diagnosis.

ENTM760 Insects in the 21st Century, 3 credits. This course will explore the influence and impact of major technological advances in genetics, molecular genetics and biotechnology on the study of insects. Topics will include the use of insects as models for studying human biology and diseases; the use of genetics and genetic technologies to augment existing strategies for managing pest insects and well as the invention of novel management approaches; the use of genetics and genetic technologies in the fields of insect conservation, ecology and evolution.

ENTM769 Capstone Course (Scholarly paper), 3 credits.

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