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Apiculture (11:370:308)

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  1. Credit Hours: 3
  2. Prerequisites: none
  3. Meeting time and Place: Fridays, Blake 101 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  4. Course Materials: A beekeeping veil
  5. Textbook: The Beekeeper Handbook, Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile (2011). 4th edition.  Cornell Press. ISBN-13: 978-0801476945
  6. Equipment: A veil will be required later in the semester when we start to work with the bees.  Instructor will provide information in class.


For students with or without a background in science who are interested in keeping bees or pollinating crops by learning the basic knowledge and techniques used in apiculture today. The biology of the honey bee and the craft of apiculture will be examined by exploring honey bee anatomy, physiology, colony social structure and language, pest/diseases and pollination ecology.  Students will be introduced to the basic tools and knowledge to keep bees responsibly and productively. Management and current topics in beekeeping will be discussed.

Course Learning Goals

Students will meet the following Entomology Undergraduate Program Learning Goals:

Basis for Grading

Students are assessed on quality and effort of their work, timeliness and participation. All assignment will have point values.

Grades will be based on:

Item Percent of Grade
Quizzes (6–8 during semester) 50%
Class Presentation 20%
Final Exam 20%
Attendance/Participation 10%

Grades will be assigned according to The Rutgers grading scale:

Range Grade
90–100 A
87.5–89.9 B+
80–87 B
77.5–79.9 C+
70–77 C
60–69 D
59 or less F

Academic Integrity

As an academic community dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge, Rutgers University is committed to fostering an intellectual and ethical environment based on the principles of academic integrity. Academic integrity is essential to the success of the University’s educational and research missions, and violations of academic integrity constitute serious offenses against the entire academic community. This academic integrity policy is designed to guide students as they prepare assignments, take examinations, and perform the work necessary to complete their degree requirements.

Students are required to adhere to the professional standards outlined in the Rutgers University policies on academic integrity (PDF) and Student Conduct.

Students with Disabilities

"Rutgers University welcomes students with disabilities into all of the University's educational programs. In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, a student with a disability must contact the appropriate disability services office at the campus where you are officially enrolled, participate in an intake interview, and provide documentation: If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, your campus's disability services office will provide you with a Letter of Accommodations. Please share this letter with your instructors and discuss the accommodations with them as early in your courses as possible. To begin this process, please complete the Registration form on the ODS website.

Class Attendance and Participation Policy

Students are expected to actively participate in all of the activities for the course as outlined in the Course Outline (see below). Class attendance will be noted.

Adbsence Policy

Students are expected to participate in this class to the satisfaction of the supervisor or instructor. Unexcused absences or tardiness will affect the student’s grade. When working outside the classroom, academic responsibility (initiative, independence, and preparation), professionalism, courtesy, promptness, and willingness to follow directions are key. In general, 3 credits are satisfied by approximately 150 hours of activity or preparation.

The course proceeds with the assumption that students have thoughtfully read and reviewed the assigned materials. Weekly course reading assignments, online class power points and exercises will clarify, elaborate, and demonstrate the major concepts of the course. Students are responsible for completion of all assigned readings, materials discussed and assignments on or before the assigned due date.

See Course Policies/Student Information for additional information about participating in this course.

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