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  1. 11:370:202 World of Insects (3 credits) Core Course

    No prerequisites.

    The nature and importance of insects that affect our personal and professional lives through competition for food, nuisance, and the transmission of disease.

  2. 11:370:256 Entomology for Anglers (1 credit)

    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.

  3. 11:370:300 Insects & The Environment (3 credits)

  4. Prerequisites: General Biology I and II (01:119:115/116)

    An overview of insects and their role in our environment and how biodiversity and disease vectors are impacted due to pollution and global warming.

  5. 11:370:308 Apiculture (3 credits)

    For students with or without a background in science who are interested in keeping bees for pollinating crops. Management, honey and wax production, bee language, social behavior, and pollination ecology.

  6. 11:370:350 Agricultural Entomology and Pest Management (3 credits)

    Recognition and ecology of plant pest species; sampling and survey techniques; pest management methods and the environmental impact of control procedures; integrated control.

  7. 11:370:352 Toxicology of Insecticides (3 credits)

    Prerequisites: 11:119:101-102, one term of organic chemistry and consent of instructor

    Developing and using synthetic insecticides; environmental effects; evolution of insecticide resistance; role of insecticides in IPM programs; descriptive chemistry of insecticides; metabolism of insecticides; mode of action of insecticides

  8. 11:370:355 Agricultural & Medical Acarology (3 credits)

    Prerequisites: 01:119:115-116 General Biology I and II.

    The goals of this course are to learn the biology, diversity and phylogeny of mites and ticks as well as the economic impact that mites have in agriculture and human health.

  9. 11:370:380 Insect Biotechnology (3 credits)

    Prerequisites: General Biology I and II (01:119:115/116); Insect Biology (11:370:381).

    Insect Biotechnology focuses on the technologies that have allowed us to understand insect genetics and the regulation genes and how we have utilized this to help solve problems in insect control through gene editing systems. The study of these is new and rapidly evolving. This course requires a background in genetics, biochemistry or entomology.

  10. 11:370:381 Insect Biology (4 credits)

    Prerequisite: 01:119:115 General Biology.

    A survey of insects; their structure, function, behavior, evolution, diversity, and effect on agricultural production, as well as on people and animals.

  11. 11:370:403 Insect Structure and Function (4 credits)

    Prerequisite: 11:370:381 or equivalent.

    Physiology and functional morphology, including response systems, sensory systems, energy utilization, transport and secretion, and renewal systems.

  12. 11:370:404 Insect Structure and Function II (4 credits)

    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.

  13. 11:370:406 Medical & Veterinary Entomology (3 credits)

    Prerequisites: 01:119:101-102.

    We will focus on arthropods (primarily insects and mites, such as mosquitoes and ticks) and the pathogens and parasites they can transmit (i.e. vector) in public and animal health. The objective of this course is to help students understand vector-borne diseases by learning principles in arthropod biology and infectious diseases, as well as the underlying ecological and evolutionary processes.

  14. 11:370:407 Careers and Professional Development in Entomology (1 credit)

    Prerequisites: Research Problems in Entomology (11:370:493).

    This course will provide professional development opportunities in entomological fields and prepare students for the transition to employment. The course will also cover entomological communication skills and presentation components. Students will be expected to incorporate information learned in other classes within the Department of Entomology.

  15. 11:370:409 Insect Classification (4 credits)

    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.

  16. 11:370:414 Forensic Entomology (3 credits)

    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.

  17. 11:370:415 Decomposition Ecology (3 credits)

    Two-week summer course. Prerequisite: 11:370:381 or permission of instructor.

    Field work emphasizing the ecology of forensically insects involved in the decomposition of corpses in a variety of environmental conditions.

  18. 11:370:417 Insect-Plant Biochemical Interactions (3 credits)

    Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor; Biology 01:119:115&116; Biochemistry: 01:694:301 or equivalent.

    Biochemistry and physiology of interactions between herbivorous insects and their host plants, coevolutionary adaptations to toxic phytochemicals; pollination; descriptive chemistry of plant compounds & explanation of characteristics and biologically active features of the molecules, metabolic and target site physiological defenses.

  19. 11:370:430 Urban Entomology (3 credits)

    Learn about common insects and other arthropods in urban environments. This course will introduce their biology, ecology, health risks, and management strategies.

  20. 11:370:493-494 Research Problems Entomology (1–4) (1–4)

    Prerequisites: Permission of the undergraduate program director.

    Research projects in entomology under the guidance of faculty members.