Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an interdisciplinary concentration of study in Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science. Effective management of pest problems requires a broad base of knowledge in the pest disciplines and practical field experience. The Integrated Pest Management concentration features a strong core of courses in the three pest disciplines (entomology, plant pathology and weed science); a strong background in biological and physical sciences; and practical training through an internship. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to pursue advanced degrees and of students who wish to terminate their higher education with a baccalaureate degree. A range of restricted and non-restricted electives allow students to personalize their degree program for careers in crop production, agri-business, natural resource management, and/or graduate studies preparation. Graduates are well prepared for employment with industry; state and federal research, extension and regulatory agencies; private agricultural consulting firms; farmer's cooperatives; nurseries, home and garden centers; greenhouse plant production; and corporate farms.
- Agricultural consultant
- Agricultural sales and service
- Farm manager
- Extension agent
- Research associate for private, state and federal agencies
Mississippi State University is now offering degree programs that may be completed in three years. These undergraduate degree programs are special programs which allow highly motivated and hard-working students the opportunity to complete a degree in three years rather than the traditional four years. Both the three year and traditional four year degree program are available in Integrated Pest Management.
The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning has developed articulation agreements which contains programs of courses appropriate for transfer for community/junior college students who attend Mississippi's eight public universities. At the bottom of each program are listed the universities which offer the baccalaureate degree program. Each university will accept courses as listed on the particular transfer program without loss of credit toward the conclusion of the four-year degree. It is intended that this articulation agreement be a minimum program transfer for all students moving from the community/junior college to the university system, as well as moving between universities in the system, acting as a "safety net" for transfer students. This guide is available via pdf from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. For courses which would transfer for credit to the Agronomy degree, please see page 22 of the transfer guide.
IPM students must complete a minimum one semester internship with an approved internship sponsor in the industry, private consulting firms/individuals, or government agencies.
improving the security of health, food, fuel, the environment and the economy
Assistant ProfessorSpecialty: Turfgrass Management
Suresh B. Lokhande
Outstanding Agricultural Graduate Student of Indian Origin - The Association of Agricultural Scientists of Indian Origin