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Academic Programs

Empowering eager learners about all things entomology,
plant pathology, and microbiology

Whether you are a current or future student with questions about what to study next, PPEM has the resources you need! Explore our options for studying plant diseases, insects, microorganisms, and global diseases.



ppem graphicEntomology 
The entomology program offers a unique experience for graduates interested in pursuing careers in entomology, with a dynamic graduate program, outstanding professional development opportunities, and state-of-the-art research facilities. The graduate student experience combines small town life with outstanding cultural and academic amenities. ISU entomology graduates have high placement within industry, federal agencies (e.g. USDA, EPA) and within academia.

Entomology Program →


Plant Pathology and Microbiology 
The plant pathology program at Iowa State University has a simple mission: benefit society by protecting and enhancing plant health. However, as simple as this mission may sound, the implications of what it means to our tasks in research, teaching, and extension are immense.

Are you interested in the study of small things with a big impact? Microbiology may be the program for you, with a mission to instill comprehensive understandings of microbiology and its relevance to human society and global health, and cultivate the concepts and skills necessary to succeed in related careers.

Plant Pathology & Microbiology Program →


Microbiology Graduate Program
The Interdepartmental Microbiology (IM) Graduate Program offers both M.S. and Ph. D. degree opportunities in all aspects of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbiology. A large number of University departments and affiliated national laboratories in Ames participate, bringing together faculty with expertise in biochemistry, ecology, genetics and molecular biology, biogeochemistry, biorenewables, food safety and security, veterinary microbiology, medical microbiology, plant pathology, virology, entomology, immunology, parasitology, mycology, and microbial genomics, among others. The interdepartmental nature of the program enables a curriculum of breadth, depth, and rigor, and maximizes opportunities for graduate students to pursue the research topic of their choice.

Microbiology Graduate Program →


Global Health Minor
The Global Health minor is a transdisciplinary program designed for students who seek a broad and flexible set of skills for understanding contemporary health challenges and broad-based thinking in finding solutions. Humans are at the core of Global Health, which is viewed and addressed through an understanding of disease, disease transmission, health and well-being. Global health incorporates all cultures and places and integrates knowledge of health's social, anthropological, historical, biological, and ecological dimensions. The program cultivates capacities to deal with complex problems across disciplines and social constructs: how to identify the critical issues, ask the right questions, and create solutions that are meaningful, lasting and effective.

Global Health Minor →


Insect Science Minor
The department offers a minor in Insect Science that may be earned by completing  ENT 370 Insect Biology and 12 credits in courses selected from an approved list supplied by the department.

Insect Science Minor →