Urban Pest Management

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Master’s Degree in Urban Pest Management

Our 30-credit master’s degree in urban pest management is designed for those students interested in the principles and practices of integrated pest management in the urban sector.

In addition to completing the required credits for the master’s degree program, MS students specializing in urban pest management will also complete our 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Urban Pest Management as part of their MS program. Additional elective course options include Apiculture I, Insect Classification and Insect Pest and Vector Management. Your committee supervisor can help you decide what courses might be useful to you based on your desired academic goals. Please contact Cameron Jack or refer to the master’s degree handbook for more information.

This program may be of interest to those currently working or seeking employment in the following careers:

  • Ecologists
  • Integrated pest control (IPC/IPM) managers
  • Pest control technicians
  • Postsecondary teachers
  • Research scientists

Upon completion of the program, transcripts will read: Master of Science in Entomology and Nematology Graduate Certificate in Urban Pest Management

Urban Pest Management Courses

Required Courses

Course NameCreditsFallSpringSummer
ENY 5006 Graduate Survey of Entomology2XXX
ENY 5006L Graduate Survey of Entomology Lab1XXX
ENY 6166 Insect Classification3XX
ENY 6203 Insect Ecology and ENY 6203L Insect Ecology Lab4X
ENY 6651C Insect Toxicology (Available Even Years Only) OR3X
IPM 5305 Principles of Pesticides3X
STA 6093 Introduction to Applied Statistics for Agricultural and Life Sciences3XX
ENY 6905 Capstone Project2-3XXX
ENY 6931 – Seminar in Science Communication1X
To add the Certificate in Urban Pest Management
ENY 5223C Biology and ID of Urban Pests3X
ENY 5226C Principles of Urban Pest Management3X
And choose at least 3 credits from the following:
ENY 5332 Survey of Urban Vertebrate Pest Management2X
IPM 6021 Insect Pest and Vector Management3X
ENY 6665 Advanced Medical and Veterinary Entomology3X
ENY 6665L Advanced Medical and Veterinary Lab1X
Other applicable courses from ENY or other majors for remaining credits

Specialization Option

By earning your master’s degree with a specialization in urban pest management, you’ll also be completing our 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Urban Pest Management. Please contact Cameron Jack or refer to the master’s degree handbook for more information.


Elective Courses

Choose from the following elective courses to fulfill remaining credits.

Course NameCreditsFallSpringSummer
ALS 6166 Exotic Species and Biosecurity Issues3X
ALS 6935 Topics in Biological Invasions3X
ALS 6942 Principles of Plant Pest Risk Assessment and Management3X
ENY 5160C Survey of Science with Insects3X
ENY 5212 Insects and Wildlife3X
ENY 5223C Biology and Identification of Urban Pests3X
ENY 5226C Principles of Urban Pest Management3X
ENY 5241 Biological Control (Live Attendance Required; Available Even Years Only)4X
IPM 6021 Insect Pest and Vector Management3X
ENY 5405 Insects as Vectors of Plant Pathogens (Available Even Years Only)3X
ENY 5516 Turf and Ornamental Entomology3X
ENY 5566 Tropical Entomology (Live Attendance Required; Available Odd Years Only)3X
ENY 5567 Tropical Entomology Lab (Live Attendance Required; Available Odd Years Only)2X
ENY 5572 Apiculture I3XXX
ENY 6166 Insect Classification3XX
ENY 6203 Insect Ecology and Laboratory3X
ENY 6203L Insect Ecology Laboratory1
ENY 6206 Ecology of Vector-borne Diseases2X
ENY 6401 Insect Physiology3X
ENY 6575 Apiculture II3X
ENY 6593 Advanced Mosquito Biology3X
ENY 6651C Insect Toxicology (Available Even Years Only)3X
ENY 6665 Advanced Medical and Veterinary Entomology3X
ENY 6665L Advanced Medical and Veterinary Lab1X
ENY 6821 Insect Microbiology3X
ENY 6934 Honey Bee Biology3X
NEM 5004C Graduate Survey of Nematology3X

Admission Requirements

Master’s Degree:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a science field from a regionally accredited university. If your undergraduate degree is not in a science field, it should be supplemented with the following coursework:
    • One year (two semesters) of general biology
    • At least one semester of general chemistry
    • Algebra and trigonometry
    • At least one semester of physics (recommended)
    • Introductory statistics (recommended)
    • An upper-division undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Acceptable TOEFL scores (international students only)
    • Three letters of recommendation from individuals in a position to evaluate your academic potential*
    • A statement of purpose, written by the student, which should indicate previous training and experience, interests, and educational and career goals as an entomologist or nematologist*

* These materials can be appended to your online application or emailed to Academic Advisor Ruth Brumbaugh.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the admissions page.

Requirements to Earn Degree
Our online, non-thesis entomology master’s degree requires 30 credit hours of coursework. At least 15 of these 30 credits must be earned through graded courses in the Entomology & Nematology major at the 5000 level. Six of these 30 credits may be S/U graded. One or two minors of at least 6 credits each may be chosen, but are not required. Six credits outside the major may be courses numbered 3000 and 4000. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in the major, the minor and to graduate. No grade below a “C” will count toward your degree. Students must be enrolled for a minimum of 3 credit hours of coursework to graduate during spring or fall semesters and for 2 credit hours to graduate in a summer semester.

Transferring Credits Toward a Master’s Degree
Up to 15 credits earned in your UF certificate program or up to 6 credits (two courses) earned as a non-degree seeking student can be transferred to the master’s degree. For credits to transfer, you must apply and be admitted to the master’s degree program and have earned a grade of “B” or higher in the course(s). International students will also need to have acceptable TOEFL scores. Successful completion of courses taken as a non-degree seeking student or in the graduate certificate program does NOT guarantee acceptance into the master’s degree program.

Final Examination
The final examination consists of both written and oral components and is usually given in the last semester of the program. The exam may contain questions from subject matter covered in any of the required courses taken during the program. The written exam will be taken on a computer and will be proctored, using an online proctoring service such as ProctorU. The oral exam will be conducted via Skype or Zoom, at a time convenient to the student and their committee members.

Distance Program Coordinator
The distance coordinator for this program is Cameron Jack.

Library Access
Students taking UF Entomology and Nematology courses can use their Gatorlink account to access their online courses, UF libraries and billing.

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