Exam Resources & Study Material

Study Guides 

In order to prepare for the BCE qualifying exam, it's recommended to study the following general topics:

  • History of Insects & Entomology
  • Importance of Insects to Humans
  • Taxonomy, Classification, and Identification
  • Insect & Arthropod Anatomy, Biology, Morphology, and Physiology
  • Insect & Arthropod Management
  • Laws and Regulations Related to Insects & Arhthropods
  • BCE Code of Ethics

Additional Study References 

  • Adams, J. ed. 1992. Insect Potpourri. Sandhill Crane Press, Gainesville, FL. 336 p., ISBN: 1-877743-09-7 [hb].   
  • Borror, D.J., and R.E. White. 1970. Peterson Field Guide [to] Insects. Houghton Mifflin Co., New York, NY. 404 p., ISBN: 978-0-395-91170-9 [sb].  
  • Brandenburg, R.L., and M.G. Villani. eds. 1995. Handbook of Turfgrass Insect Pests. Entomol. Soc. Amer., Lanham, MD. 140 p., ISBN:  0-938522-52-3  [sb].  
  • Byrd, J.H., and J.L. Castner. eds. 2010. 2nd ed. Forensic Entomology. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 681 p., ISBN: 978-0-8493-9215-3 [hb].  
  • Debboun, M., S. Frances, and D. Strickman. eds. 2007. 2nd edInsect Repellents Handbook. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 495 p., ISBN: 978-1-4665-5355-2 [hb].   
  • Gold, R.E., and S.C. Jones. eds. 2000. Handbook of Household and Structural Insect Pests. Entomol. Soc. Amer., Lanham, MD. 154 p. ISBN: 0-938522-78-7 [sb].
  • ICZN. 2000. 4th edInternational Code of Zoological Nomenclature. The International Trust for Zoological Nomenclature, London, UK. 306 p. ISBN: 0-85301-006-4 [hb]; This code has been amended twice, as of 1 January 2012, with the current “e-version” available at: http://iczn.org/iczn/index.jsp.
  • Heymann, D.L. ed. 2008. 19th edControl of Communicable Diseases Manual. Amer. Publ. Health Assn. (APHA), Washington, DC. 746 p. ISBN: 978-87553-189-2 [sb].
  • Levi, H.W., and L.R. Levi. 1990. Golden Guide [to] Spiders and their Kin. Golden Books, New York, NY. 160 p., ISBN: 0-307-24021-5 [sb].
  • Mullen, G.R., and L.A. Durden. eds. 2009. 2nd edMedical and Veterinary Entomology. Academic Press, Orlando, FL. 637 p., ISBN: 978-0-12-372500-4  [hb].
  • Triplehorn, C.A., and N. F. Johnson. 2005. 7th edBorror and DeLong’s Introduction to the Study of Insects. Thomson, Brooks/Cole, Belmont, CA. 864 p., ISBN: 0-03-096835-6  [hb].
  • WHO. 2004. Global Strategic Framework for Integrated Vector Management. WHO, Geneva. 12 p.
  • Zim, H.S., and C. Cottam. 1987. Golden Guide [to] Insects. Western Publ. Co., Racine, WI (Div. of Golden Books, New York, NY). 160 p., ISBN: 0-307-24055-X [sb].  
  • Inward, D., G. Beccaloni, and P. Eggleton. 2007. Death of an order: a comprehensive molecular phylogenetic study confirms that termites are eusocial cockroaches. Biology Letters 3:331-335.