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So You Want to Be an Entomologist

Posted: November 9th, 2010 | Author: | | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

We at Nix Bedbugs often try to spot the latest trend, fancying ourselves the Faith Popcorn of the pest world. Eventually bedbugs are sure to beat a retreat, but what will be America’s Next Top Pestilence? Carpet beetles? The stink bug? The Asian long-horned beetle? Relatives in town for Thanksgiving?

Well, search us. If we had any formal training, perhaps we’d have more of an edge. So we naturally thought “Huh, perhaps all three of us should become entomologists? How hard can it be?” After all, now that everyone on Earth is in a bedbug panic, we’ve all seen the news clips of unflappable science sorts, like our hero Lou Sorkin. One wants to calmly address the camera and perhaps even allow a bedbug a charity nibble here and there. One wants badly to own a bedbug colony for research purposes.

How does one get a start in entomology? It turns out this is not something you can pick from an online course at DeVry, much to our disappointment. Skills required include math and statistics, writing, chemistry, and biology. Typically someone might get a bachelor of science degree in Zoology or a related biological science field. Here’s a list of colleges and universities offering undergraduate entomology programs, and here you will find examples of the types of courses found in an entomology program.

Graduate course work is required, with most professionals holding at least a masters degree. A Ph.D is often a requisite for doing academic research at one of the top universities.

However, there is always room for amateur entomologists, reassures the Amateur Entomologist’s Society. Hook us up with a bedbug colony, then! We are chomping at the bit to take “Alien Empire: Bizarre Biology of Bugs” from Cornell.