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  Entomology Department > Undergraduate Program > Emerging Global Diseases Minor

A multi-disciplinary minor, administered by the Department of Entomology with participation from the Departments of Animal Sciences, Anthropology, Biomedical Sciences, Ecology Evolution and Organismal Biology, Economics, Food Science and Human Nutrition,  Sociology, Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine, and Veterinary Pathology, and from the Interdepartmental Program in Microbiology.


Emerging Global Diseases is an undergraduate minor that is available to students regardless of major. The minor may be earned by completion of at least 15 credits in related courses taken at ISU. Core courses will address issues important to the field, including molecular and cellular mechanisms of pathogen-host interaction, cultural and geographic differences that affect disease control, the effects of international trade on animal and human disease. The curriculum emphasizes enhancing student skills in the use of information technology, communication, and a teamwork approach to defining/ addressing biological concerns.

The following courses must be taken for a minor (3 courses):

  • either Micro 310 (4 cr, Fundamentals of Microbial Infection and Immunity) or Zool 311 (4 cr, Introduction to Parasitology)
  • Anthr 439 (3 cr, Medical Anthropology)
  • either Ent 374 (3 cr, Insects and our Health) or Ent 574 (4 cr, Medical Entomology).

The remainder of the credits may be selected from any of the above-listed courses not selected, and from other appropriate courses (as approved by Emerging Global Diseases program advisors). Suggested electives include the following:

  • VPth 477x (2-4 cr, Team-research in Parasitology)
  • Ent/Vpth 478 (3 cr, Molecular Biology of Protozoa)
  • VPth 376 (4/5 cr, Veterinary Parasitology)
  • Ent 425 (3 cr, Aquatic Insects)
  • Ent 590 (1 cr, Medical and Veterinary Entomology)
  • Econ 385 (3 cr, Economic Development).
  • Soc 411 (Social Change in Developing Counties)

In addition, students will have opportunities to take part in

  • international study abroad classes that include units on emerging disease/parasitology/vector biology offered under Biol 394 (International Field Trips in Biology),
  • an experimental/field research study program: 3-6 months "hands-on" research, and
  • seminars by visiting internationally known experts in emerging disease.

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