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Entomology Minor

As an entomologist, you can solve some of the world’s most difficult problems such as malaria epidemics, hunger, food safety and security to name a few.

Students who minor in entomology will learn the basic and applied science of the study of insects and other arthropods such as ticks and mites. Insects are the most numerous and diverse life on earth and they are essential components of virtually every terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem.

Whereas human society benefits directly and indirectly from the varied roles of the vast majority of insects such as pollination, some species may become limiting factors in the production, processing and storage of our food and fiber crops, and to the health of humans and animals.

The knowledge and skill sets of entomology are essential for the implementation of integrated pest management strategies designed to safely and efficiently produce food for a continuously expanding world population and to control the transmission of insect-borne diseases, while at the same time protecting our environment. Additionally, entomological research can also give us broader insights into the ecology, evolution, and social behavior of animals.

Visit the CSU Course Catalog to learn more about coursework and requirements.


  • The entomology minor will provide undergraduate students with knowledge and skills to address questions related to insect and related arthropods such as mites and ticks in natural and managed ecosystems.  
  • This minor degree program serves to broaden the academic background of students seeking employment in the interdisciplinary job markets associated with plant, environment and human/animal health that complements their major.  
  • The minor provides adequate academic credits to meet most federal and state certification requirements for employment by EPA, USFS, USFW, state agencies, and local agencies.  
  • Finally, the minor prepares the student seeking post baccalaureate degrees with formal entomological training and coursework that is desired for many research projects for either M.S. and Ph.D. programs. 

Where You’ll Find Us

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Bug Zoo and Community Outreach

Volunteer with this traveling exhibit to introduce K-12 students to 30+ species of arachnids, insects, and other arthropods.

Learn more about the Bug Zoo


Agricultural Research and Development Center

Work directly with crops and livestock at this research and teaching complex — one of ten around the state.

Learn More about ARDEC

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Nutrien Agricultural Sciences Building

CSU's new home for Colorado agriculture, student aspirations and agricultural innovation for global impact.

Learn more about the Nutrien Building

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CSU Spur

CSU's Denver’s campus at the National Western Center that brings together research, teaching and engagement activities in a modern-day approach to the university’s land-grant mission.

Learn more about CSU Spur


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Plant Growth Facilities

Plant Growth Facilities are an Institutional Core Research Facility, managed by the Agriculture Experiment Station. 

Learn more about the Plant Growth Facilities.


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C. P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity

Our collection represents most orders of insects with a strong coverage of Rocky Mountain and southwestern species.

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Related Interests

  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Entomology
  • Plants
  • Weeds
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Related Careers

  • Agricultural Biologist & Engineer
  • Agricultural Science Research Technician
  • Biologist
  • Enrollment in Graduate and Professional Schools
  • Research Biologist
  • Research Entomologist
  • State and Federal Government Agencies
  • State or National Parks

Contact Us

Chris Amerman

Department Advisor

Chris Amerman

Student Success Coordinator
C138 Plant Sciences Building
(970) 491-6804

Punya Nachappa

Department Advisor

Punya Nachappa

Associate Professor and Associate Department Head
Undergraduate Advisor
C201 Plant Sciences

Agricultural Biology Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Get real research experience and get paid to do it!