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The Entomology and Nematology Department offers four college-credit certificate programs. These certificates are designed for employees of the mosquito control and urban and landscape pest control industries, plant production industries, or other industries where pest management is an important issue, or for individuals who desire to work in these areas.

These courses can be taken at either the undergraduate level (courses numbered in the 3000s and 4000s) or graduate-level (courses numbered in the 5000s or 6000s). If you anticipate transferring course credits to the distance education M.S. programs offered by the department, you should take courses at the graduate level. Fifteen UF graduate-level credits are transferable into a UF program.

The graduate-level courses, though similar in content to the undergraduate-level courses, require additional assignments. Listed below are the recommended courses; others may be substituted with written permission of the department's certificate coordinators. Upon successful completion of the courses with a grade of C or better (undergraduate) or B or better (graduate), you will apply for and be issued a certificate attesting to your completion of the program after completing an exam.

Click here for the guidelines for the certificates: Undergraduate | Graduate

Certificate Specializations

Urban Pest Management

Please contact Dr. Phil Koehler (352-392-2484 or pgk@ufl.edu) with questions about this certificate.

This program is designed for employees of the pest control industry and related areas who desire advanced training in the management of household, structural and nuisance pests. In addition to an introduction to insects and their identification, the curriculum includes courses on urban and medically important pests.

Most courses can be taken at either the undergraduate level (3000 and 4000 level course numbers) or graduate level (5000 and 6000 course numbers).

  • ENY 3005 or 5006 Principles of Entomology or Graduate Survey of Entomology (2)
  • ENY 3005L or 5006L Principles of Entomology Lab or Graduate Survey of Entomology Lab (1)
  • ENY 3222C or 5223C Biology and Identification of Urban Pests (3)
  • ENY 3225C or 5226C Principles of Urban Pest Management (3)

Plus balance of courses from the following, to total 15 credits:

  • ENY 3228 or 5228 Urban Vertebrate Pest Management (2)
  • ENY 4905 or 5236 Insect Pest and Vector Management (3)
  • ENY 4161 or 6166 Insect Classification (3)
  • ENY 4660 or 6665 Advanced Medical and Veterinary Entomology (3)
  • ENY 4660L or 6665L Medical and Veterinary Entomology Laboratory (1)
Landscape Pest Management

Please contact Dr. Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman (352-273-3950, or gillett@ufl.edu) with all questions about the Landscape Pest Management Certificate.

This program is designed for employees of the landscape management and pest control industries who desire advanced training in landscape (turf, shrub and tree) pests. In addition to an introduction to insects and their identification, the curriculum includes courses on horticultural insect pests, nematodes and plant diseases.

Most courses can be taken at either the undergraduate level (3000 and 4000 level course numbers) or graduate level (5000 and 6000 course numbers).

  • ENY 3005 or ENY 5006 Principles of Entomology or Graduate Survey of Entomology (2)
  • ENY 3005L or 5006L Principles of Entomology or Graduate Survey of Entomology Lab (1)
  • ENY 3510 or ENY 5516 Turf and Ornamental Entomology and/or IPM 4254 Landscape IPM: Ornamentals and Turf (3)

Plus balance of courses from the following, to total 15 credits:

  • ENY 3541 Tree and Shrub Insects (3)
  • ENY 4161 or ENY 6166 Insect Classification (3)
  • ENY 4905 or ENY 5236 Insect Pest and Vector Management (3)
  • ENY 4210 or ENY 5212 Insects and Wildlife (3)
  • IPM 3022 or ENY 6905 Fundamentals of Pest Management (3)
  • IPM 5305 Principles of Pesticides (3)
  • NEM 3002 or NEM 5004C Principles of Nematology or Graduate Survey of Nematology (3)
  • PLP 3230 Survey of Plant Pathogens (3)
Pest Control Technology

Please contact Dr. Phil Koehler (352-392-2484 or pgk@ufl.edu) with all questions about the Pest Control Technology Certificate.

A Certificate in Pest Control Technology allows the certificate holder to qualify to take the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) exams for commercial pest control certification in the categories of General Household Pests (GHP), Wood-Destroying Organisms (WDO), and Lawn and Ornamental (L&O). The certificate was designed to meet the requirements of Chapter 482 of the Florida Statutes in order to qualify for the exam by way of education.

Most courses can be taken at either the undergraduate level (3000 and 4000 level course numbers) or graduate level (5000 and 6000 course numbers).

  • ENY 4228/4230 Urban Pesticide Application (3) (Note: Arrange with Dr. Koehler before registration.)
  • IPM 3022 Fundamentals of Pest Management (3)
  • IPM 4354 Landscape Pest Management (3)
  • Plus additional credits from the Urban Pest Management and Landscape Pest Management Certificate program to total 24 credits.
Medical Entomology

Please contact Dr. Roxanne Connelly (772-778-7200 ext. 172 or crr@ufl.edu) with all questions about the Medical Entomology Certificate.

This program provides an introduction to medically important arthropods and their identification and in-depth information on management of arthropods and disease agents they vector. This certificate is offered using DE technology and short courses conducted in Vero Beach, Florida.

Most courses can be taken at either the undergraduate level (3000 and 4000 level course numbers) or graduate level (5000 and 6000 course numbers).

  • ENY 3005 or ENY 5006 Principles of Entomology (2)
  • ENY 3005L or ENY 5006L Principles of Entomology Laboratory (1)
  • ENY 4660 or ENY 6665 Medical and Veterinary Entomology (3)
  • ENY 4660L or ENY 6665L Medical and Veterinary Entomology Laboratory (1)
  • ENY 4592 or 6593 Mosquito Biology (3)
  • ENY 4590C or 6591C Mosquito Identification (3) (Vero Beach)

Plus balance from the following to total 15 credits:

  • ENY 3225C or 5226C Principles of Urban Pest Management (3)
  • ENY 4905 or 5236 Insect Pest and Vector Management (3)
  • ENY 3563 or 5566 Tropical Entomology (3)
  • ENY 6203 Insect Ecology (3) and Laboratory (1)
  • ENY 6651 Insect Toxicology (3)
  • ENY 4905 or 6905 Blood-Feeding Insects (1)
  • ENY 4905 or 6905 Mosquito Management (1)
  • ENY 4210 or 5212 Insects and Wildlife (3)

Online Master's

Description: The University of Florida's Entomology and Nematology Department offers an off-campus Master of Science degree (non-thesis) with a concentration in entomology, urban pest management, landscape pest management or medical entomology. Courses are offered via distance education to accommodate place-bound students interested in biological science with emphasis on insects and other arthropods, including Extension agents and other educators; state and federal employees in agricultural, environmental and regulatory positions; consultants; pest control industry personnel; and others who want to further their education.

  • Degree: M.S. (non-thesis)
  • Expected time to complete program: 30 credits, approximately two to four years
  • Delivery technology used: Internet
  • Face-to-face location requirements: written and oral final exams at a University of Florida location
  • Admissions information: starting dates in January, May and August

Prerequisites: A bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline or at least two semesters of biology, one semester each of chemistry, algebra and trigonometry, and one semester of physics and beginning statistics (recommended). Admission criteria include a B average or better for the last two years of the baccalaureate program and satisfactory scores (297) of the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Up to nine graduate-level credits taken prior to formal admission may be transferred into the program to meet degree requirements.

M.S. Degree Specializations: The course of study is 30 credits, which must include at least 18 credits of approved Entomology and Nematology courses. Students can take a broad program of study in Entomology or can specialize in particular areas within Entomology by completing a 15-credit graduate certificate while doing their M.S. degree. The certificate name will be written on their transcript, in addition to the M.S. degree in Entomology and Nematology.

Click here‌ for the online M.S. Graduate Handbook.

Online Master's Specializations

Entomology
  • ENY 5006 (2) + ENY 5006L (1) – Graduate Survey of Entomology and Lab
  • ENY 6166 (3) – Insect Classification
  • ENY 6401 (3) – Insect Physiology
  • A graduate ecology course (e.g., ENY 6203 and 6203L – Insect Ecology)
  • An applied entomology course
  • A biochemistry or molecular entomology course
  • A statistics course (e.g., ALS 5932)
  • Choose remaining hours from among suggested electives with advisor’s approval
Urban Pest Management
  • Certificate requirements (15 credits):
    • ENY 5006 (2) + ENY 5006L (1) – Graduate Survey of Entomology and Lab
    • ENY 5223C (3) – Biology and ID of Urban Pests
    • ENY 5226C (3) – Principles of Urban Pest Management
    • With balance from ENY 5332C (2) – Urban Vertebrate Pest Management; ENY 5236 (3) – Insect Pest and Vector Management; ENY 6166 (3) – Insect Classification; ENY 6665 (3) and 6665L (1) – Advanced Medical and Veterinary Lecture and Lab
  • M.S. requirements:
    • ENY 6166 (3) – Insect Classification
    • ENY 6651 (3) – Insect Toxicology or IPM 5305 (3) – Principles of Pesticides
    • A graduate ecology course (e.g., ENY 6203 and 6203L – Insect Ecology)
    • A statistics course (e.g., ALS 5932)
    • Choose remaining hours from among suggested electives with advisor’s approval.
Landscape Pest Management
  • Certificate requirements (15 credits):
    • ENY 5006 (2) + ENY 5006L (1) – Graduate Survey of Entomology and Lab
    • ENY 5516 (3) or ENY 5405 (3) – Turf and Ornamental Entomology or Insect Vectors of Plant Pathogens
    • With balance from NEM 5004C (3) – Graduate Survey of Nematology; NEM 5707C (3) – Plant Nematology; ENY 5212 (3) – Insects and Wildlife; ENY 5236 (3) – Insect Pest and Vector Management; ENY 6166 (3) – Insect Classification
  • M.S. requirements:
    • ENY 6166 (3) – Insect Classification
    • ENY 6651 (3) – Insect Toxicology or IPM 5305 (3) – Principles of Pesticides
    • A graduate ecology course (e.g., ENY 6203 and 6203L – Insect Ecology)
    • A statistics course (e.g., ALS 5932)
    • Choose remaining hours from among suggested electives with advisor’s approval
Medical Entomology
  • Certificate requirements (15 credits):
    • ENY 5006 (2) + ENY 5006L (1) – Graduate Survey of Entomology and Lab
    • ENY 6665 (3) and 6665L (1) – Advanced Medical and Veterinary lecture and Lab
    • ENY 6591C (3) – Advanced Mosquito Identification
    • ENY 6593 (3) – Advanced Mosquito Biology
    • With balance from ENY 5212 (3) – Insects and Wildlife; ENY 6651 (3) – Insect Toxicology; ENY 5236 (3) – Insect Pest and Vector Management; ENY 5226C (3) – Principles of Urban Pest Management.
  • M.S. requirements:
    • ENY 6166 (3) – Insect Classification
    • ENY 6651 (3) – Insect Toxicology or IPM 5305 (3) – Principles of Pesticides
    • A graduate ecology course (e.g., ENY 6203 and Lab – Insect Ecology and Lab or ENY 6905 – Ecology of Vector-Borne Diseases)
    • A statistics course (e.g., ALS 5932 or PHC 6050)
    • Choose remaining hours from among suggested electives with advisor’s approval

Online Course Offerings:

Other course options available under certain conditions or upon advisor approval:

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Contacts

Ms. Ruth Brumbaugh, Student Services Coordinator (First Contact)
(352) 273-3912
Email: brumbaug@ufl.edu

Dr. Heather McAuslane, Graduate Coordinator (M.S. Program)
(352) 273-3913
Email: gradc@ifas.ufl.edu

Dr. Phil Koehler, Professor (Certificate in Pest Control Technology and Urban Pest Management)
(352) 392-2484
Email: pgk@ufl.edu

Dr. Roxanne Connelly, Professor (Certificate in Medical Entomology)
(772) 778-7200 ext. 172
Email: crr@ufl.edu

Dr. Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman, Associate Extension Scientist (Certificate in Landscape Pest Management)
Tel: (352) 273-3950
Email: gillett@ufl.edu


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