Undergraduate Courses

11:370:202 World of Insects
The nature and importance of insects that affect our personal and professional lives through competition for food, nuisance, and the transmission of disease.

11:370:256 Entomology for Anglers
Lec/Lab. 1.5 hrs. No prerequisites.
To appreciate the diversity and ecology of aquatic insects, the role they play in food webs and to recreate their appearance through mimicry for fishing.

11:370:308 Apiculture
Lec. 2 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. For students with or without a background in science who are interested in keeping bees or pollinating crops.
Management, honey and wax production, bee language, social behavior, and pollination ecology.

11:370:350 Agricultural Entomology and Pest Management
Recognition and ecology of plant pest species; sampling and survey techniques; pest management methods and the environmental impact of control procedures; integrated control.

11:370:352 Toxicology of Insecticides
Lec. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: 11:119:101-102, one term of organic chemistry and consent of instructor.
The need for developing and using synthetic pesticides; detrimental environmental effects; health hazards; evolution of pesticide resistance; role of synthetic pesticides in IPM programs; descriptive chemistry of pesticides; metabolism of pesticides; mode of action of pesticides.

11:370:381 Insect Biology
Lec. 2 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Field trip. Prerequisite: 01:119:101-102.
A survey of insects; their structure, function, behavior, evolution, diversity, and effect on agricultural production, as well as on people and animals.

11:370:401 Case Studies in Vector-Borne Diseases (4) (PDF) [Synopsis] [Syllabus]
Lec. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: 01:119:101-102 or equivalent.
Discussions of the basic ecological and evolutionary principles underlying the current upsurge of infectious diseases, especially those transmitted by insect vectors (such as malaria, Lyme disease and West Nile virus).

11:370:402 Aquatic Entomology
Prerequisite: 11:370:381 or one course in aquatic ecosystems or permission of instructor.
Identification, classification, morphology, and natural history of aquatic insects. Field work emphasizing aquatic insects of New Jersey.

11:370:403 Insect Structure and Function 1
Lec. 3 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: 11:370:381 or equivalent.
Physiology and functional morphology, including response systems, sensory systems, energy utilization, transport and secretion, and renewal systems.

11:370:404 Insect Structure and Function 2
Lec. 3 hrs, Lab 3 hrs. Prerequisites: 11:370:381 Insect Biology or equivalent, 11:115:403, 404 General Biochemistry or equivalent, consent of instructor.
Physiology and biochemistry of insect systems including maintenance, circulation, energy metabolism, homeostasis, sensory systems, communication systems, and defense systems.

11:370:406 Medical & Veterinary Entomology
Lec. 2 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: 01:119:101-102.
Insects and other arthropods in relation to human and animal annoyance and disease.

11:370:409 Insect Classification
Lec. 2 hrs., lab. 3 hrs. Field trips. Prerequisite: 11:370:381 or permission of instructor.
For students interested in insect diversity and evolution. Life histories and sight recognition of major families, especially those of economic or medical importance.

11:370:410 Molecular Tools in Entomology, Ecology, and Epidemiology (4) [Synopsis] [Syllabus]
This course aims to provide students with hands-on experience in basic molecular biology strategies: DNA extraction, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), quantitative PCR, primer design and optimization, DNA blocking strategies cloning, Sanger sequencing, Fragment sizing, NextGeneration sequencing.

11:370:414 Forensic Entomology
Lec. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: 11:370:381 or permission of the instructor
Exposes students to forensically important insects by discussing their biology, collection and preservation techniques, and how the information they provide relates to criminal investigations and legal proceedings.

11:370:415 Decomposition Ecology
Two-week summer course. Prerequisite: 11:370:381 or permission of the instructor.
Field work emphasizing the ecology of forensically insects involved in the decomposition of corpses in a variety of environmental conditions.

11:370:420 Pollination Ecology (3) [Synopsis] [Syllabus]
Lec. 3  hrs. Prerequisite: General Ecology or permission of the instructor.
This course explores pollination ecology from the perspectives of both insects and plants, using this field of research as a tool for understanding basic concepts in ecology, entomology, and evolution. Topics covered include plant breeding systems, pollinator natural history, mutualism, indirect interactions, plant-pollinator networks, agricultural pollination, ecosystem services and economic valuation, pollinator decline and conservation, and methods for research. Classes alternate lectures with discussion of readings from the primary scientific literature. All assigned readings are provided as pdfs. 10-page research paper and presentation.

11:370:430 Urban Entomology
Lec. 3 hrs.
Learn about common insects and other arthropods in urban environments. This course will introduce their biology, ecology, health risks, and management strategies.

11:370:439 Pesticide Impacts on Human and Environmental Health
Lec. 2 hrs.
A colloquium to learn about impacts of pesticides on human life and the global environment, drawing on expertise from various backgrounds in the pesticide industry, relevant textbooks, recent reviews and articles from the scientific literature, as well as articles from the popular and business press

11:370:493-494 Research Problems Entomology (1–4) (1–4) [Synopsis]
Prerequisites: Permission of adviser.
Research projects in entomology under the guidance of faculty members.