The Department of Entomology at Rutgers University was established in 1888 as part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Over the years, department faculty have studied a wide variety of economically important insects including mosquitoes, gypsy moth, Colorado potato beetle and cockroaches. Today, our faculty conducts research involving the systematics of caddisflies and dragonflies, insect plant interactions, biology and spread of invasive insects, public health issues, and pests of blueberries, cranberries, ornamentals, tree fruit, turf, and vegetables. Our new Center for Vector Biology is quickly becoming a national and international known program for mosquito, tick and blackfly research. In addition, the department offers courses leading to Doctoral and Master’s degrees in entomology and an undergraduate minor in entomology. New initiatives include developing programs in apiculture and pollination ecology, urban entomology and a joint master’s degree program in entomology/public health with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Public Health.