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Instructor: Dr. George Hamilton (Hamilton@aesop.rutgers.edu)
Semester, Period & Format: Spring; M, W (2:15 – 3:35 pm) Lecture
Location: Blake Hall 101
Pre-requisites and other registration restrictions: None
Required Texts:  None
Description: This course serves as an elective course for several undergraduate programs including biology and environmental science, and is a required course for the plant science major. In addition this course partially fulfills the requirements of the Major and Minor in Entomology. The course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of agricultural entomology and pest management including: economic thresholds, sampling techniques, plant resistance to insects, biological control, insecticide use and its consequences and the use of genetically modified plants. The broad course outline is as follows:

Part I: Introduction to insects and pest management
Part II: Pest management components 
Part III: Pest management in specific crop systems 
Course Learning Goals:

  • Attain mastery of the essential aspects of practice and study in the field of agricultural entomology and pest management
  • Preparation to be professionals in agricultural entomology

Student Learning Assessment: [% of final grade]

  •  Three hourly exams [75%]
  • Weekly quizzes will be available online via the Ecompanion system and accessible each week on Thursdays at 9:30 pm until midnight Fridays [15%]
  • Class attendance and participation [10%]

Contact Information:
Dr. George Hamilton           
Room 107, Thompson Hall
848-932- 9774/Office Hours Open