Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences - Entomology
School of Agriculture & Food Sciences

Program description

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.

Program options

Degree options

Entomology is offered as a minor option and is open to students in all faculties.

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • World of Bugs
  • Veterinary and Wildlife Entomology
  • Manitoba’s Insect Fauna
  • Aquatic Entomology
  • Crop Protection Entomology

Professional opportunities

  • Government Research Scientist
  • Extension Apiarist
  • Crop Protection Entomologist
  • Forest Ecologist

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.

Admission requirements & prerequisites

Direct entry option

Direct entry is not an applicable option. Entomology is offered as a minor in the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences. 

Advanced entry option

Advance entry is not an applicable option. Entomology is offered as a minor in the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences.  Students considering a minor in Entomology should contact the Department Head for assistance.

More details on admission requirements, application dates and how to apply is available on the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences apply for admission page.

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.

Important links

Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences 
Graduate Programs