Entomology is the study of insects, the most numerous and diverse animals on earth. Insects are pollinators, parasites, predators, scavengers and food. They inhabit virtually every environment—on the land and in the water—and their diversity is a measure of ecosystem health. Entomologists study insects to learn how they interact with their environment, whether it’s a crime scene or a farmer’s field.
Entomology is offered as a minor option and is open to students in all faculties.
Interesting courses and unique opportunities
Most professional entomologists need graduate degrees, and the Entomology minor is an excellent preparation for that. Those who choose to enter the workforce without a graduate degree can use what they learn in the Entomology minor program in careers dealing with virtually any horticultural, agricultural, biological or environmental field. Many people get hooked on insects and become fly fisherman, insect photographers or collectors, or butterfly or dragonfly spotters.
Entomology is offered as a minor in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. Visit the Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) Agricultural and Food Sciences application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply to the faculty.
What is unique about this program at the U of M?
The Department of Entomology at the University of Manitoba is the only department of entomology in Canada. Although it belongs in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, its course offerings are designed to be relevant to students in the Faculties of Science and Environment. Some of our courses make ideal general interest courses for those who want to know more about the fascinating world of insects, or want to know about measures we take to control insect pests.
The Department of Entomology is home to the J.B. Wallis – R.E. Roughley Museum of Entomology, the third largest research collection of insects in Canada.