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BEEKEEPING FOR THE HOBBYIST: A non-credit course offered jointly by the Department of Entomology, University of Manitoba, and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Intiatives. This series of lectures and demonstrations is intended for members of the general public. It deals with the nature of beekeeping; the life history, anatomy, and social behaviour of bees; economics; how to manage colonies of bees; equipment and site selection; pollen and nectar producing plants; nectar flows; seasonal management; pests, parasites diseases and their control; regulations; honey houses; extracting equipment; and grading and marketing honey and beeswax. The course is offered every year. Lectures will be given on nine Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:30 pm, with the first class in late January.

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The Department of Entomology offers two courses which form part of the Diploma in Agriculture.

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The Department of Entomology does not offer a major undergraduate degree programme in Entomology. Students can take a Minor in Entomology or can take individual courses in Entomology, as part of an undergraduate degree program in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, or as part of a degree program in several other faculties within the University of Manitoba. ENTM 1000 World of Bugs is designed specifically for University 1 students who would like a taste of Entomology to determine whether they might be interested in other Entomology courses. ENTM 2050 Introductory Entomology is a foundation course in Entomology that provides a broad survey of insect science and is a pre-requisite for several more advanced courses.

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In several faculties and programs, students can major in their program, and take a minor in Entomology. The minor will be recognized by a transcript notation, and indicates to potential employers of graduate supervisors a depth and of breadth of entomological education. Minor programs consist of a minimum of 18 credit hours in a subject area.
To qualify for a minor in Entomology, students must obtain passing grades in:

ENTM2050 Introductory Entomology

and in a minimum of five of the following courses:

ENTM1000 World of Bugs
ENTM3160 Veterinary and Wildlife Entomology
ENTM3170 Crop Protection Entomology
ENTM3180 Manitoba’s Insect Fauna
ENTM4000 Topics in Entomology
ENTM4280 Aquatic Entomology
ENTM4320 Pollination Biology
ENTM4500 Insect Taxonomy and Morphology
ENTM4520 Physiological Ecology of Insects

Students contemplating taking the Entomology minor should first contact the Department Head for assistance in planning their programs.



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The Department offers M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees. In either program, students must achieve a high standard in a research project and in a thesis reporting their results. Students must also take some course work, including a course intended to develop written and oral communications skills, to promote critical thinking and to provide exposure to diverse fields of entomology and related sciences.

Careers of Graduates

Graduates of the Ph.D. programme from the Department of Entomology occupy academic positions in a number of universities in Canada and elsewhere, others occupy senior scientist positions with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Environment Canada, or other government research and regulatory agencies. Some graduates of the M.Sc. programme have proceeded to Ph.D. programmes elsewhere, while others have entered the workforce following their M.Sc. degree. A high proportion of insect extension specialists in provincial governments in western Canada are graduates of the Department’s M.Sc. programme. Other recent graduates have positions as forest and prairie management ecologists, careers in agribusiness, producer organizations, pest management or pesticide companies, or technical positions in research organizations.

Fields of Research

The research of the department is about equally divided between basic studies and applied studies. The department has faculty in the areas of apiculture and pollination biology; physiological, population and community ecology of insects; insect systematics; insect-vertebrate interactions and aquatic entomology. Particular areas of focus include honey bee parasite management, insects as agents of biological control, crop and livestock entomology, arthropod ectoparasites of mammals and birds, the study of insect bio-diversity, and conventional and molecular systematics and bioinformatics studies of Hymenoptera. Adjunct professors associated with the department provide additional depth and breadth in the areas of forest entomology, pheromone chemistry, crop protection entomology, stored product entomology, biological control of weeds, and the role of insects in aquatic ecosystems.

Research Facilities

Departmental research facilities include the J.B. Wallis Museum of Entomology, controlled environment chambers and an area for apiculture. Other accessible facilities biological imaging facilities, pesticide analysis laboratories, livestock, field plots and commercial scale fields, and greenhouse space.

General Requirements:

The minimum admission requirement to the M.Sc. programme is a Grade Point Average of 3.00 over the final two years of the undergraduate programme. Admission to the Ph.D. programme requires a Grade Point Average during the Master's programme of at least 3.00. Students with equivalent qualifications will be considered. Students entering either programme are expected to have taken some previous courses in insect biology. Academically strong students without this preparation may be admitted to the M.Sc. degree but may be expected to take additional courses to ensure that they have a strong foundation of entomological knowledge. International students who have not taken a previous degree in English will be required to submit evidence that they meet the University of Manitoba’s English language competence requirements before their applications will be considered.

Financial support

N.S.E.R.C. and other agencies award scholarships tenable in the Department of Entomology. The University of Manitoba offers Graduate Fellowships of $16,000 p.a. for Ph.D. students and $12,000 p.a. for M.Sc. students (2011 rates). There are also a limited number of Province of Manitoba Graduate Scholarships. Student stipends from a supervisor's research funds are available for some research topics. Teaching assistantships are also available, but should be regarded as supplementary income only; they are insufficient in amount to support students during their programme. The Department does not accept graduate students unless there is assurance of adequate financial support for the normal duration of the graduate program (2 years for M.Sc., 3 or more years for Ph.D.).

Application Deadlines

The Department of Entomology allows students to begin their program on either 1 September, 1 January or 1 May. For admission for each of these start dates for Canadian and U.S. applicants, applications with complete supporting documentation must be received in the Department of Entomology at least three (3) months before the intended start date. International students should send their applications with complete supporting documentation to arrive in the Department of Entomology at least seven months (7) before the intended start date.

M.Sc. in Entomology



Admission requirements are those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations section of the Calendar.

Program Requirements

In addition to the minimum course requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, students are required to take ENTM 7150 Advanced Entomology 1.
Second language reading requirement: none
Expected time to graduation: 2.5 - 3.0 years

Ph.D. in Entomology

Admission requirements are those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations section of the Calendar.

Program Requirements
In addition to the minimum course requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, students are required to take ENTM 7220 Advanced Entomology.

Second language reading requirement: yes

Expected time to graduation: approximately 3 - 4.0 years

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University of Manitoba




  Department of Entomology
Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences
University of Manitoba - Winnipeg, MB, Canada - R3T 2N2
Tel: (204) 474-9257  Fax: (204) 474-7628
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