Entomology and Plant Pathology - Undergraduate Minor
Entomology and Plant Pathology - MS
Bioinformatics and Genomics concentration
Plant Pathology concentration
Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Nematology - PhD
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Resilience
Bioinformatics, Genomics, and Molecular
Organismal Biology and Ecology concentration
Sustainable Disease and Integrated Pest
Plants, Soils, and Insects - PhD
Bioactive Natural Products concentration
Integrated Pest Management concentration
Plant Pathology concentration
The Department of Entomology and Plant
Pathology offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science with a
major in Entomology and Plant Pathology, a Doctor of Philosophy with a major in
Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Nematology, and a Doctor of Philosophy through
the interdisciplinary Plants, Soils, and Insects program.
Master of Science Degree
The M.S. degree program is designed to provide students with the
principles and research background for a career in the life sciences.
Graduates have proven to be competitive in obtaining positions at academic
institutions, in public service or the private sector, or admission to Ph.D.
Students concentrating in entomology can study crop entomology, forest entomology,
insect biology, insect ecology, insect pest management, taxonomy, molecular
systematics, medical and veterinary entomology, biological control, integrated
pest management, insect physiology, insect pathology, or innovative uses of
traditional and bio rational pesticides.
Students choosing the plant pathology concentration can study foliar
and stem fungal diseases, plant nematology, virology, nematology, epidemiology,
disease physiology, biological control, or ecology of soil borne plant pathogens.
Many of the specialties within the department involve cross‑disciplinary
activity. These studies include close cooperation and interaction with
soil scientists, plant geneticists, horticulturists, veterinarians, and
ecologists. For instance, the department has special interest and
expertise in alternative methods of insect and disease management, such as
biological control, resistant cultivars, integrated pest management, and
cultural techniques, to help meet the need for healthful food production without
or with reduced use of pesticides.
A student seeking the M.S. degree must complete a written thesis based
on original research and the completion of a minimum of 24 semester hours of
course work for graduate credit, approved by the student's advisory
committee. Included in the course requirements are two acceptable seminar
presentations for 1 credit hour each. Students are strongly encouraged to
publish papers derived from their theses. An oral final exam must be
passed to the satisfaction of the advisory committee after the thesis has been
completed. The oral exam is both comprehensive and a defense of thesis.
A minor is not required but may be selected at the option of the
student. The minor will include at least 6 semester hours and not more
than 10 hours of graduate‑level credit in the minor department. The
student's committee shall include a member of the faculty from the minor
department to assist in designating courses required for the minor.
The doctoral degree is evidence of exceptional scholarly attainment and
demonstrated capacity in original investigation. Requirements for the
degree, therefore, include courses, examinations, and a period of resident
study, as well as arrangements which guarantee sustained, systematic study and
superior competency in a particular field.
The student’s program of study is subject to University Graduate
Council policies and individual program requirements. The program of
study as listed by the student on the Admission to Candidacy form must be
approved by the doctoral committee. Doctoral programs include a major
field or area of concentration and, frequently, one or more cognate
fields. Cognate fields are defined as a minimum of 6 semester hours of
graduate coursework in a given area outside the student’s major field.
A candidate for doctoral degree must complete a minimum of 24 hours of
graduate coursework beyond the master’s degree, which is a prerequisite for
entry into most doctoral programs. If the doctoral program does not
require a master’s degree, the candidate must complete a minimum of 48 hours of
graduate coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree. A minimum of 12 of
the 24 hours, or 30 of the 48 hours, must be graded A-F. A minimum of 6
hours of the student’s coursework must be taken in University of Tennessee
courses at the 600 level, exclusive of dissertation.
Ph.D. students are required to present two seminars. The first
seminar (for 1 hour of EPP 640 credit) is the research proposal seminar.
The second seminar (for 1 hour of EPP 640 credit) is required for the
student to present an exit seminar.
In addition, 24 hours of course 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation
Written and oral Comprehensive and Defense of Dissertation Examinations
are required of Ph.D. students in the EPPN program.