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    The Doctoral Program in Entomology is designed to provide an atmosphere for a student to conduc t independent and original research. The student will identify, design, conduct and interpret experimental procedures that will further the scientific understanding of a contemporary problem in Entomology. 


    The Doctoral Program in Entomology is designed to provide an atmosphere for a student to conduc t independent and original research. The student will identify, design, conduct and interpret experimental procedures that will further the scientific understanding of a contemporary problem in Entomology. 

    ENTOMOLOGY CORE CURRICULUM
    a. The entomology core curriculum for the Ph.D. degree is:
    1.  Insect Structure and Function 3,3 credits
    2.  Insect Taxonomy  4 credits
    3.  Insect Collection  1 credit
    4.  Seminar in Entomology 3 credits

    (During at least one of the three semesters the student must present a seminar to the Department).  

    b. Two additional elective graduate entomology courses (other than Seminar and Special Topics in Entomology, 11:370:601, 602)

    Students in the Program must satisfy the core curriculum requirements prior to completion of their degree; those who receive an M.S. in the Rutgers Entomology Graduate Program and then continue into the Ph.D. program will normally have completed all these requirements except for 1 credit in Seminar. Failure of any core course will ordinarily result in termination from the Program. Students entering the Program who feel that their previous training is sufficient to meet all or part of the core courses may petition the Program faculty, before the end of their second semester of enrollment, to have any portion of the requirements waived.  Waiver will require that the student either (1) pass a competency exam administered by the Graduate Student Acceptance and Progress Committee in consultation with the course instructor, or (2) present satisfactory evidence to this Committee of having taken, with a grade of B or better, an equivalent course at another institution ("equivalent" means closely similar in subject matter, depth, and rigor to that required in the core course).  The petition must be by letter, endorsed by the student's advisory committee, and addressed to the Graduate Student Acceptance and Progress Committee stating the student's reason(s) for waiver of the requirements.  The Committee, with support from appropriate faculty, evaluates the request and makes a recommendation to be discussed by the Graduate Program Faculty.  All waivers require a majority vote by the faculty. 


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