The goals of the department are
(1) to teach students basic and applied entomology and related biological
knowledge; (2) to train students with professional knowledge and practical
skills on agricultural and environ- mental insect pest control; and (3) to
educate students having noble moral characters and spirit on social service.
The curriculum emphasizes the
fundamentals of entomology as well as a broad background in biology, ecology,
and biochemistry, etc. Areas of specialization in entomology include acarology,
apiculture, behavior, biochemistry, biological control, eco- logy, medical
entomology, microbial control, morphology, pathology, pest management,
physiology, neurobiology, population dynamics, systematics, toxicology, and
chemical ecology, etc.
A total of 128 semester hours
are required for the bachelor degree. Graduate students must complete 24 and 18
semester hours, respectively, plus a successful-defended thesis to be conferred
the masters and doctoral degrees. Those without an adequate background in
entomology are required to remedy this deficiency.
The departmental office, some
classrooms, and laboratories occupy mainly the seventh to ninth floors in the
complex of Agro-Environmental Science, built in 1995. In addition, there are
four classrooms for under- graduates on the first floor, and an insect museum on
the tenth floor of the same complex. Additional research space is available at
the greenhouse area on the campus.
The department has well-set
facilities and equipments to fulfill the needs of teaching all the courses.
Moreover, specialized facilities avail- able within the department include a
well-preserved collection of insect specimens, greenhouses, net houses, walk-in
and individual-temperature/ photoperiod programmable chambers, computer
terminals and printers, a photographic darkroom, a scanning electron microscope,
equipments for a full range of biochemical, physiolo- gical, toxicological, and
molecular biological investigations. Also a departmental library, a seminar
room, insect-rearing rooms are available.