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Instructor: Dr. Jessica Ware (
Semester & Period: Fall; M Lec.(10:55am-1:55pm), TH Lec. & Lab(2:15- 5:15pm)
Location: (Old) Blake Hall 101
Pre-requisites and other registration restrictions: None
Required Texts:  Grimaldi and Engel, Evolution of the Insects, 2005
Description: This is an introductory course for upper level undergraduate students in entomology; for students interested in insect diversity and evolution. Course includes life histories and sight recognition of major families, especially those of economic or medical importance. The basic ecology, taxonomy and classification of insects are covered. Topics are related to ordinal level diversity in the class Insecta. Course also includes the proper collection and preservation techniques utilized for the various insect groups.
Course Learning Goals:

  • Ability to identify selected insect families from each order of the class Insecta
  • Ability to explain the evolution of arthropods, from basal hexapods through Antiliophora
  • Understanding of the relationships of synapomorphies to the major insect radiations
  • Ability to properly collect, preserve and label insect specimens

Student Learning Assessment: [% of final grade]

  • Lab Quizzes [30%]
  • Midterm exam [10%]
  • Final Exam [10%]
  • Collection [50%]

Contact Information:
Dr. Jessica Ware           
Room 415, Boyden Hall, Rutgers Newark

973-353-5531/Office hours by arrangement