To declare this major, students must be admitted to UW–Madison and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). For information about becoming a CALS first-year or transfer student, see Entering the College.

Students who attend Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences have the option to declare this major at SOAR.  Students may otherwise declare after they have begun their undergraduate studies. For more information, contact the advisor listed under the Advising and Careers tab.

University General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.

General Education
  • Breadth—Humanities/Literature/Arts: 6 credits
  • Breadth—Natural Science: 4 to 6 credits, consisting of one 4- or 5-credit course with a laboratory component; or two courses providing a total of 6 credits
  • Breadth—Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Communication Part A & Part B *
  • Ethnic Studies *
  • Quantitative Reasoning Part A & Part B *

* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Requirements

In addition to the University General Education Requirements, all undergraduate students in CALS must satisfy a set of college and major requirements. Courses may not double count within university requirements (General Education and Breadth) or within college requirements (First-Year Seminar, International Studies, Science, and Capstone), but courses counted toward university requirements may also be used to satisfy a college and/or a major requirement; similarly, courses counted toward college requirements may also be used to satisfy a university and/or a major requirement.

College Requirements for all CALS B.S. Degree Programs

Quality of Work: Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.000 to remain in good standing and be eligible for graduation.
Residency: Students must complete 30 degree credits in residence at UW–Madison after earning 86 credits toward their undergraduate degree.
First Year Seminar1
International Studies3
Physical Science Fundamentals4-5
General Chemistry I
Chemistry in Our World
Advanced General Chemistry
Biological Science5
Additional Science (Biological, Physical, or Natural)3
Science Breadth (Biological, Physical, Natural, or Social)3
CALS Capstone Learning Experience: included in the requirements for each CALS major (see "Major Requirements")

Major Requirements

Select one of the following (or placement exam):5-6
and Trigonometry
Algebra and Trigonometry
Calculus with Algebra and Trigonometry I 1
Select one of the following:5
Calculus with Algebra and Trigonometry II
Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1
Introductory Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences
Select one of the following:5-9
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Advanced General Chemistry
Option 1:
Introductory Biology
and Introductory Biology
Option 2:
Animal Biology
and Animal Biology Laboratory
and General Botany
Option 3:
Evolution, Ecology, and Genetics
and Evolution, Ecology, and Genetics Laboratory
and Cellular Biology
and Cellular Biology Laboratory
Select 12 additional credits from any biological or physical science course (at least 8 credits must be 300-level or 200-level courses with the intermediate-level designation). 2
Select one of the following:3-5
General Physics
The Ideas of Modern Physics
Physics in the Arts
General Physics
General Physics
Entomology Core
ENTOM/ZOOLOGY 302 Introduction to Entomology4
Select 11 credits as follows:11
Must select at least 3 credits from at least two subsets (organismal, suborganismal, or applied)
May select up to 3 credits from subset called "other"
ENTOM 468 Studies in Field Entomology 33
Total Credits36-43

Subset Courses


ENTOM 331 Taxonomy of Mature Insects4
ENTOM 432 Taxonomy and Bionomics of Immature Insects4
ENTOM 450 Basic and Applied Insect Ecology 13
ENTOM 451 Basic and Applied Insect Ecology Laboratory (requires enrollment in ENTOM 450) 11
ENTOM 468 Studies in Field Entomology3
ENTOM/​BOTANY/​ZOOLOGY  473 Plant-Insect Interactions3
The following three courses:3
Ecotoxicology: The Chemical Players
Ecotoxicology: Impacts on Individuals
Ecotoxicology: Impacts on Populations, Communities and Ecosystems
ENTOM 701 Advanced Taxonomy3


ENTOM 321 Physiology of Insects3
ENTOM/​BOTANY/​PL PATH  505 Plant-Microbe Interactions: Molecular and Ecological Aspects3
ENTOM/​GENETICS/​ZOOLOGY  624 Molecular Ecology3


ENTOM/​M M & I/​PATH-BIO/​ZOOLOGY  350 Parasitology3
ENTOM 351 Principles of Economic Entomology3
ENTOM/​ZOOLOGY  371 Medical Entomology3
ENTOM 450 Basic and Applied Insect Ecology 13
ENTOM 451 Basic and Applied Insect Ecology Laboratory 11
ENTOM/​F&W ECOL  500 Insects in Forest Ecosystem Function and Management2


ENTOM 375 Special Topics1-4
ENTOM 399 Coordinative Internship/Cooperative Education1-8
ENTOM 681 Senior Honors Thesis2-4
ENTOM 682 Senior Honors Thesis2-4
ENTOM 691 Senior Thesis2
ENTOM 699 Special Problems1-4

University Degree Requirements 

Total Degree To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.
Residency Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.
Quality of Work Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.
  1. Define and explain major concepts in the biological sciences focusing on insects.
  2. Knowledge of laboratory and/or field methodology.
  3. Explain and apply scientific methods including designing and conducting experiments and testing hypotheses.
  4. Recognize relationships between structure and function at all levels including molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological.
  5. Demonstrate a style appropriate for communicating scientific results in written and oral form.
  6. Integrate math, physics, and technology to answer biological questions using the scientific method.

Four-year plan

Sample  Entomology Four-Year Plan

CHEM 103 or 1094-5CHEM 1045
MATH 112, 113, 114, or 1713-5MATH 113, 211, 217, or 2213-5
COMM A or Elective3Electives (to reach ~15 credits)5-8
First Year Seminar1 
Additional Elective Course13 
 14-17 13-18
Total Credits 27-35
MATH 211, 217, 221, or STAT 3713-5ZOOLOGY/​BIOLOGY/​BOTANY  152 or BOTANY 1305
 12-16 15
Total Credits 27-31
ENTOM/​ZOOLOGY  3024Biological or Physical Elective3
PHYSICS 103, 107, 109, 115, 201, or 2074-5Breadth Course in Core3
Electives (to reach ~ 15 credits)4-8Electives (to reach ~15 credits)6-9
 12-17 12-15
Total Credits 24-32
ENTOM 468 (Capstone, even #’d summers)3
Total Credits 3
Biological or Physical Elective Course3Biological or Physical Elective6
Breadth Course(s) in Core3-6Breadth Course in Core3
Electives (to reach ~15 credits)6-9Electives6
 12-18 15
Total Credits 27-33

Undergraduate Advising in Entomology

Undergraduate students are assigned to the Entomology undergraduate faculty advisor Dr. Dan Young and Allee Hochmuth, the Student Services Coordinator. However, since the vast majority of Entomology B.S. students do independent research during their undergraduate career, it is important to meet with other entomology faculty members to learn about all of the research possibilities.

Undergraduates in Entomology are strongly urged to meet with their advisor before they enroll for the upcoming term. If you have questions about advising or declaring the major, please contact Allee Hochmuth at

For more information about the Entomology B.S. or the department in general, please contact Dr. Dan Young (

Careers and Professional Development

For more information on careers available to Entomology students, please visit our Internship & Job Resources page. For more information on other academic, co-curricular, financial aid, and career opportunities and services available to Entomology B.S. students, please visit the CALS Career Services page. Students in the major are welcome to make an individual appointment with their advisor to discuss a number of career related topics such as career exploration, search strategies, graduate school, and review of application materials (resume, CV, letters, etc.).


Crall, James
Gratton, Claudio
Groves, Russell (chair)
Guedot, Christelle
Lindroth, Richard
Oberhauser, Karen
Paskewitz, Susan 
Schoville, Sean
Steffan, Shawn
Trowbridge, Amy
Young, Daniel
Zhu, Jun

Adjunct & Affiliated Faculty

Bartholomay, Lyric (Pathobiological Sciences)
Currie, Cameron (Bacteriology)
Coon, Kerri (Bacteriology)
Ives, Anthony (Integrated Biology)
Mattson, William (adjunct)
Peckarsky, Bobbi (adjunct)

Instructional Staff

Brabant, Craig, Curator Wisconsin Insect Research Collection
Liesch, Patrick (PJ), Assistant Faculty Associate Insect Diagnostic Lab

While entomology clearly is “big science,” our department prides itself on a “small campus” feel in which we get to know our undergraduate students during their time with us.

In the classroom, we strive to maintain labs at not more than 15-20 students to maximize individualized and participatory learning. Students are given additional opportunities for deep and engaged learning experiences through honors options that are generally available for most courses and field and/or lab experiences in many of the upper-level courses.

Very nearly all our majors have opportunities to work alongside our faculty and graduate students in research labs and in the field. Our major accommodates 1–3 credits (of the 15 entomology credits required to major) in the area of directed/independent study and internships to promote extracurricular and outside the traditional classroom learning.

Many of our undergraduate majors are also involved in service learning and teaching through our departmental “Insect Ambassadors” outreach program to K–12, various clubs, and organizations. We are committed to the UW System goal to provide Wisconsin’s citizens with opportunities to benefit from, and contribute to, the state’s growing “knowledge economy” through the land-grant university three-fold mission of teaching, research, and public service. We also have an active Undergraduate Entomology Society for majors—or any UW–Madison students interested in entomology. Research and internship opportunities are also available in the UW Insect Research Collection (WIRC) as well as possible participation in WIRC sponsored collecting expeditions in Wisconsin and around the United States.