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Distance Education Program Information


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Distance Education Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What distance education options are available?

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Q: Who can enroll?

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Q: For whom are the programs designed?

A: Place-bound people who want more knowledge in environmental science, biology, or pest management. People taking these courses often work for, or aspire to work for, organizations specializing in urban pest control, landscape maintenance, mosquito control, public health, government regulatory agencies, cooperative extension, plant production, agrichemical industries, and teaching.

Q: Must I complete the entire degree program?

A: No, you can take courses without enrolling in the degree program, and if you do not desire a MS degree, you can take courses at the undergraduate level if you wish.

Q: Must I come to Gainesville?

A: The program is offered remotely, mostly on-line. You can complete all the courses without coming to Gainesville. However, to attain the MS degree you must pass a final exam administered by UF faculty, and this is normally done at one of the UF locations in Florida.

Q: I travel a lot; will this interfere with taking a course?

A: Most courses are offered asynchronously, which means you can pretty much work at your own pace.

Q: It this expensive?

A: Tuition at the University of Florida is quite low compared to most other states.

Q: When are the deadlines for application?

A: You can start at the beginning of the spring, summer or fall semesters and should complete your application six weeks before the start of the semester.

Q: What are the degree options?

A: You can earn an MS degree in two areas: Entomology or Pest Management.

Q: What are the certificate programs?

A: You can earn a certificate in Urban Pest Management, Landscape Pest Management, Medical Entomology, or Pest Control Technology.

Q: What courses are available?

A: We offer dozens of distance courses, usually 10 or more each semester. Most are related to insect science, but you also can choose from other scientific disciplines such as weed control, vertebrate pest management, plant disease, statistics, nematology, biochemistry, and more.

Q: What if I have additional questions?

A: See the Departmental Contacts section at the bottom of this page.

For more information, select from the links on the left side of the page.


Distance Education Courses Offered Fall 2014

Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Courses

Other


Distance Education Courses Offered Spring 2015

Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Courses


Distance Education Courses Offered Summer 2015

Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Courses

Under certain conditions, other courses may be available by request. Please contact Ms. Ruth Brumbaugh.


Distance Education Program Costs 2014-2015

Out-of-State and In-State Students: The Undergraduate course (3000 and 4000 level courses) tuition is $212.01 per credit. The Graduate course (5000 level and higher) course tuition is $524.67 per credit. Note that tuition charges are likely to increase each fall semester, and we will update the above numbers as soon as we are informed of the mandated increase. Also, there are modest distance learning fees (currently $11 per credit) charged in addition to tuition.

Note: Purchase of books and course materials is the responsibility of the student. Information about the requirements and recommendations of these materials can be obtained from the instructor and/or course syllabi (University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Course Syllabi). Students registered in self-funded distance course sections MUST pay through UF Financial Services http://fa.ufl.edu/ufs/. Students should check the semester payment deadlines on the Registrar's website, http://www.registrar.ufl.edu/, immediately after being registered. The University of Florida payment deadline is always the second Friday of each semester, before 3:30 pm (not 5:00 pm).


Application Procedures

Non-Degree Course Application Procedures

If you are not seeking a graduate degree, or seek only an undergraduate or graduate certificate:

  1. Complete the online non-degree application at least six weeks before the semester in which you want to enroll in a class. If you wish to take a class at the undergraduate level, be sure to select "THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND LIFE SCIENCES Entomology Undergraduate Distance Courses" from the College section. If you will be taking a graduate-level course, select "THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE Entomology Distance." Fill in all the boxes, including the course prefix and number (Example: ENY 3005; see course offerings for listings). List only the course(s) you want to take that semester. Generally one or two courses are all that a working student can handle.
  2. Enter "Apply" at the bottom of the form. If you do not get a message that your application has been submitted, you should assume that there is a problem and re-submit. Note that you are required to declare your residency.
  3. You will receive an email acceptance from the college once your application has been approved. This email will include your UF ID number. Please make note of this number. There will be instructions in this email on how to obtain a Gatorlink account. A Gatorlink account will grant you access to UF libraries, billing (in-state only) and course systems. You must use this email account for all correspondence with your instructors.
  4. You will be registered for courses by the department. Once you have been successfully registered, you will be notified by email from the department. Remember, this email should come within two weeks of the start of the semester. If you are concerned about your status, contact the department's academic programs assistant by email or phone at (352) 273-3912.
  5. After you have been accepted by the college, please feel free to contact your course instructor by email or phone regarding purchase and receipt of materials (textbook, CD, etc.), deadlines, etc. If you are uncertain who to contact, or how, contact the department for help.

Degree program application procedures

If you are seeking a graduate degree:

Applying for Graduate Admission: Go to the Academic Programs web page and read the Application Procedures to determine admission and degree requirements. Apply online by following the TO APPLY ONLINE link on that page.


Distance Education Entomology Degree Tracks, with Course Requirements

I. Master of Science (non-thesis) with specialization in Entomology (30 credits)

Title of Program: Master of Science with specialization in Entomology

Description: The University of Florida's Entomology and Nematology Department offers an off-campus Master of Science degree (normally non-thesis but thesis programs are available by special arrangement) with a concentration in Entomology. Courses are offered via distance education to accommodate place-bound students interested in biological science with emphasis on insects and other arthropods, including extension agents and other educators; state and federal employees in agricultural, environmental and regulatory positions; consultants; pest control industry personnel; and others who want to further their education.

Prerequisites: A Bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline or at least two semesters of biology, one semester each of chemistry, algebra and trigonometry, and one semester of physics and beginning statistics (recommended). Admission criteria include a B average or better for the last two years of the baccalaureate program, and satisfactory scores (total of 1000 in verbal and quantitative portions or 297 on the new scale) of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Up to 9 graduate-level credits taken prior to formal admission may be transferred into the program to meet degree requirements.

Degree Requirements are: Thirty credits, including ENY 5006, 5006L, 6166, and 6401; an applied entomology course; a graduate-level ecology course; a biochemistry or molecular entomology course; a statistics course; to include at least 18 credits of ENY/NEM.

Course options:

Other applicable courses include:



II. Master of Science (non-thesis) with specialization in Pest Management (30 credits)

Title of Program: Master of Science with specialization in Pest Management

Description: The University of Florida's Entomology and Nematology Department offers an off-campus Master of Science degree (normally non-thesis but thesis programs are available by special arrangement) with a concentration in Pest Management. Courses are offered via distance education to accommodate place-bound students interested in the principles and practices of interdisciplinary pest management, including extension agents and other educators; state and federal employees in agricultural, environmental and regulatory positions; consultants; pest control industry personnel; and others who want to further their education.

Prerequisites: A Bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline or at least two semesters of biology, one semester each of chemistry, algebra and trigonometry, and one semester of physics and introductory statistics (recommended). Admission criteria include a B average or better for the last two years of the baccalaureate program, and satisfactory scores (total of 1000 in verbal and quantitative portions, or 297 on the new scale) of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Up to 9 graduate level credits taken prior to formal admission may be transferred into the program to meet degree requirements.

Degree Requirements are: Thirty credits, including ENY 5006, 5006L, 5332, 5236, 6166, and 6651 or IPM 5305; NEM 5004C; PLP 5005C; a graduate-level ecology course; a statistics course; to include at least 18 credits of ENY/NEM.


Other applicable courses include:



Distance Education Non-Degree Certificate Programs

The Department of Entomology and Nematology offers four college credit certificate programs. These certificates are designed for employees of the mosquito control and urban and landscape pest control industries, plant production industries, or other industries where pest management is an important issue, or for individuals who desire to work in these areas.

These courses can be taken at either the undergraduate level (courses numbered in the 3000s and 4000s) or graduate level (courses numbered in the 5000s or 6000s). If you anticipate transferring course credits to the distance education MS programs offered by the department (15 UF graduate level credits are transferable into a UF program), you should take courses at the graduate level. The graduate level courses, though similar in content to the undergraduate level courses, require additional assignments. Listed below are the recommended courses; others may be substituted with written permission of the department's certificate coordinators. Upon successful completion of the courses with a grade of C or better (undergraduate) or B or better (graduate), you will apply for and be issued a certificate attesting to your completion of the program.


Certificate in Urban Pest Management (choose 15 credits from this list of courses)

This program is designed for employees of the pest control industry and related areas who desire advanced training in household, structural and nuisance pests. In addition to an introduction to insects and their identification, the curriculum includes courses on urban and medically important pests.

Most courses can be taken at either the undergraduate level (3000 and 4000 level course numbers) or graduate level (5000 and 6000 course numbers).

Plus balance from the following:



Certificate in Landscape Pest Management (choose 15 credits from this list of courses)

This program is designed for employees of the landscape management and pest control industries who desire advanced training in landscape (turf, shrub, tree) pests. In addition to an introduction to insects and their identification, the curriculum includes courses on horticultural insect pests, nematodes and plant diseases.

Most courses can be taken at either the undergraduate level (3000 and 4000 level course numbers) or graduate level (5000 and 6000 course numbers).

Plus balance from the following:



Certificate in Pest Control Technology

Please contact Dr. Phil Koehler (352-392-2484 or pgk@ufl.edu) with all questions about the Pest Control Technology certificate.

A “Certificate in Pest Control Technology” allows the certificate holder to qualify to take the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) exams for commercial pest control certification in the categories of General Household Pests (GHP), Wood-Destroying Organisms (WDO), and Lawn and Ornamental (L&O). The certificate was designed to meet the requirements of Chapter 482 of Florida Statutes in order to qualify by way of education.

Most courses can be taken at either the undergraduate level (3000 and 4000 level course numbers) or graduate level (5000 and 6000 course numbers).

ENY 4228/4230 Urban Pesticide Application (3); IPM 3022 Fundamentals of Pest Management (3); IPM 4354 Landscape Pest Management (3); plus additional credits from the Urban Pest Management and Landscape Pest Management certificate program to total 24 credits. Note: For ENY 4228/4230, arrange with Dr. Koehler before registration.


Certificate in Medical Entomology (choose 15 credits from this list of courses)

Please contact Dr. Roxanne Connelly (772-778-7200 ext. 172, or crr@ufl.edu) with all questions about the Medical Entomology certificate.

This program provides an introduction to medically important arthropods and their identification, and in-depth information on management of arthropods and disease agents they vector. This certificate is offered using DE technology and short-courses conducted in Vero Beach, Florida.

Most courses can be taken at either the undergraduate level (3000 and 4000 level course numbers) or graduate level (5000 and 6000 course numbers).

Plus balance from the following:



Departmental Contacts

Ruth Brumbaugh, Student Services Coordinator (First Contact)
Tel: (352) 273-3912
Email: brumbaug@ufl.edu

Dr. Heather McAuslane, Graduate Coordinator (M.S. Program)
Tel: (352) 273-3913
Email: gradc@ifas.ufl.edu

Dr. Phil Koehler, Professor (Certificate in Pest Control Technology)
Tel: (352) 392-2484
Email: pgk@ufl.edu

Dr. Roxanne Connelly, Associate Professor (Certificate in Medical Entomology)
Tel: (772) 778-7200 ext. 172
Email: crr@ufl.edu

Mailing Address:
University of Florida
Department of Entomology and Nematology
Bldg. 970, Natural Area Drive
P.O. Box 110620
Gainesville, FL 32611-0620
USA

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