Graduate Catalog
2019-2020
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Entomology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Academics and laboratories; completed January 1907. Cost $20,948; 46,661 sq. ft. Once known as Agricultural Hall. Named after Harvey Lee Price (1874-1951) who was a faculty member from 1900 to 1945, head of the Horticulture Department from 1902 to 1908, and Dean of the School of Agriculture from 1908 to 1945. An easy-going, amiable man, Price served VPI for more than four decades after earning two degrees here.
Price Hall, Rm 216 170 Drillfield Drive Blacksburg VA 24061
Price Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MSLFS
MSLFS Degree in Entomology
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
• PhD
PhD Degree in Entomology
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
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Web Resource(s):
Phone Number(s):
540/231-4010
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Aug 01
Spring: Jan 01
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Department Head : Timothy Kring
Graduate Program Director : Scott Salom (Professor)
Emeriti Faculty: Carlyle Brewster (Clemson, SC); Richard Fell; Donald Mullins; Peter Schultz (Hampton Roads AREC); Michael Weaver
Professors: James Bergh (Alson H. Smith, Jr. AREC); Timothy Kring; Thomas Kuhar; Dini Miller; Douglas Pfeiffer; Scott Salom; Igor Sharakhov
Associate Professors: Sally Entrekin; Paul Marek; Sally Paulson
Assistant Professors: Albert Auguste; Margaret Couvillon; Gillian Eastwood; Aaron Gross; Roger Schuerch; Maria Sharakhova; Sally Taylor (Tidewater AREC)
Research Faculty: James Wilson

Entomology Introduction

The Department of Entomology provides professional expertise concerning arthropods to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world. This includes teaching, training, and advising undergraduate and graduate students; conducting basic and applied research on arthropods and the pathogens they vector; providing information about management of arthropods and the usefulness of beneficial arthropods available to clientele and the public; developing management strategies to control arthropod pests in Virginia; fostering development of entomological expertise at the state, national or at the
The department has three major focus areas that includes: (1) Biomedical Research, with emphasis on insect genomics and urban/public health. This includes mosquito and tick biology and vector control as they affect urban and public health, and human and animal disease; (2) Natural/Agro Ecosystems Research, with emphasis on IPM/Biological Control of pest problems, and environmental monitoring and protection, and (3) Urban Entomology and Pesticide Safety Education.

Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
The Entomology Department offers a Master's in Life Sciences degree with concentration in Entomology (thesis or non-thesis/online), or a Doctorate in Entomology. The graduate program offers training in basic and applied entomology through a combination of graduate courses, research programs, and teaching experience.

Masters of Science In the Life Sciences Degree (MSLFS)

MS students must take at least one course in each of three core areas:
(1) Biochemistry/Molecular and Cell Biology (Biochemistry for Life Sciences, Insect Physiology or Insecticide Toxicology); (2) Statistics (Biometry, Statistics in Research, or approved substitute); and (3) Information Management (Research and Information Systems in the Life Sciences). For the thesis-based MS, 20 credit hours of course work and 10 credit hours of research are required. For a non-thesis MS, a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work must be completed for graduation. With successful completion of both course work and research (thesis) requirements, MS students will receive a Masters of Science in the Life Sciences (MSLFS) with a Concentration in Entomology.

Students in the Non-Thesis MSLFS Program are required to complete an internship and a project in addition to course work. The Non-Thesis MS student will complete the course requirements outlined in the Graduate Policies and Procedures and Course Catalog and those described above for MSLFS candidates in this department. They will have a Major Professor and Advisory Committee similar to those of other MSLFS candidates. The Advisory Committee will supervise the Plan of Study, the selection and conduct of the internship and project, and will conduct a Final Oral Examination. Note that a Non-Thesis Masters Degree is intended to be a terminal degree and is not a satisfactory prerequisite for continuing on toward a PhD. The department also participates in the college on-line MSALS degree program


Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
Successful completion of a thesis-based MS in entomology or related field, OR significant experience in research as an undergraduate or in the workplace is required for admission to the PhD program.  PhD students must take or have taken at least one course in each of three core areas:  (1) Biochemistry/Molecular and Cell Biology (Biochemistry for Life Sciences, Insect Physiology or Insecticide Toxicology); (2) Statistics (Biometry, Statistics in Research, or approved substitute); and (3) Information Management (Research and Information Systems in the Life Sciences). PhD students are expected to demonstrate competency in their area of specialization and are required to take a minimum of 27 hours of courses numbered 5000 or higher. Candidates for the PhD must demonstrate breadth of experience in at least one topic apart from the major area of study.  This enrichment experience must be approved by the Advisory Committee and may take the form of foreign language, business, computer science or other pre-approved topic or concentration of courses in a selective area.

Entomology Facilities Introduction

The Entomology Department is housed in Price Hall, Agnew Hall, Latham Hall and the Fralin Life Sciences Institute.

Price Hall

The Entomology Department is housed in Price Hall with additional on-campus laboratory facilities located in Agnew Hall, Latham Hall and the Fralin Life Sciences Institute. Insectary and green house facilities are located both at on-campus and off-campus sites.

Other laboratory and research facilities include: Dodson Urban Pest Management Laboratory  and facilities at Prices Fork (Apiculture Laboratory, Pollination Ecology Laboratory, and Quarantine Laboratory).  In addition, students and faculty have access to research facilities located at Kentland Farm in Blacksburg and at our Agricultural Experiment Stations located throughout the state.
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