Entomology Courses

See Class Schedule for courses currently being offered.


ENT 1001. Life in a World of Insects

(3.0 cr; A-F or Audit)

The tremendous diversity and abundance displayed by insects is a demonstration of their ability to adapt to a wide range of environmental conditions. This success has both attracted and repulsed human curiosity. This course explores the interaction between insects and humans through time, focusing especially on how it has led to changes in human society and the natural environment. Topics include: basic concepts in insect biology and behavior; the evolution of insect diversity; environmental and cultural degradation caused by insects or their control; pest outbreaks, epidemics vectored by insects, and other episodes within the context of climate change; perception and awareness about humanity’s role in nature.

ENT 1005. Insect Biology
(3.0 cr; A-F or Audit)

Biodiversity/natural history of insects. Insect behaviors/functional roles in natural/managed environments. Lecture/lab.

ENT 1901. Zika Virus and Transgenic Mosquitoes

(1.0 cr; A-F)

Learn about Zika virus, an emerging, mosquito-borne disease in the Western hemisphere, through assigned readings, web sites, lecture and discussion.

ENT 1905. Freshman Seminar
(2.0 cr)

ENT 3281. Veterinary Entomology
(2.0 cr; Reqs: 3005 or # or #; A-F or Audit)

Biology and management of insects, mites, and ticks that affect livestock, poultry, and companion animals. Emphasizes identification and solution of problems. Lecture/lab.

ENT 3925/ 5081. Insects, Aquatic Habitats & Pollution
(3.0 cr: Reqs: [3005, Biol 3407, FW 2001, EEB 4601] or #; A-F or Audit)

Taught with ENT 5081. Effects of pollutants on biology, ecology and community structure of aquatic insects. Life-cycle, trophic guilds, community structure in lotic/lentic habitats. Organic pollution/eutrophication, heavy metal pollution, runoff/siltation, acidification, thermal pollution. Changes in aquatic insect community structure according to original literature sources for each class of pollutant. Biological monitoring networks.

ENT 4001. Agroecology and Insect Pests
(3.0 cr: Reqs: CFANS3333 OR CFANS3001, General Biology (BIOL 1009) or equivalent, or instructor consent.

A course in insect biology will be useful but is not required. A-F only) Available online. Contact Chris Philips, Ph.D. for more information. cphilips@umn.edu

ENT 4015. Ornamentals and Turf Entomolgy
(3.0 cr; Reqs: 1xxx course in biol or hort or forest resources; A-F or S-N or Audit)

Diagnosis and management of insect pests of landscape plants.  Emphasis is on identification, injury caused, and integrated pest management.

ENT 4021. Honey Bees and Insect Societies
(3.0 cr; Reqs: Biol 1009 or #; A-F or S-N or Audit)

Natural history, identification, and behavior of honey bees and other social insects. Evolution of social behavior, pheromones and communication, organization and division of labor, social parasitism. Lab with honey bee management and maintenance of other social bees for pollination.

ENT 4231. Insect Behavior
(3.0 cr; Reqs: Biol 1009 or equiv or #; [3005 or EEB 3111] recommended; A-F or Audit)

Diversity of behavior in insects. Modes of perception, ways in which stimuli are translated into behavior. Genetic basis of behavior. Behavioral traits with Mendelian and more complex modes of inheritance. Natural history of insect behavior. Emphasizes how evolution has shaped diversity of behaviors. Movement/dispersal, feeding, defense/escape, mating/reproduction, sociality. Case studies.

ENT 4251. Forest and Shade Tree Entomology
(3.0 cr; QP-[1005, 3005] or #; A-F or S-N or Audit)

Ecology/population management of forest/shade tree insects. Emphasizes predisposing factors/integrated management. Lecture/lab.

ENT 5011. Insect Structure & Function
(4.0 cr; Reqs: 3005 or #; A-F or Audit)

Comparative study of insect structures/functions from evolutionary perspective. Introduction to physiology of digestion, respiration, and other organ systems.

ENT 5021. Insect Biodiversity and Evolution
(4.0 cr; Reqs: SP-3005 or equiv; A-F or Audit)

Identification of families of adult insects; evolution and classification of insects; techniques of collecting and curating insects; principles of phylogeny reconstruction.

ENT 5025. Field Methods in Insect Taxonomy

(1cr)

Field methods in insect taxonomy. Preservation, mounting, curatorial techniques. Entomological nets/traps for terrestrial/aquatic species, dry/fluid preservation techniques, slide mounting, habitat selection, geo-reference/field data records, morphological preparation.
prereq: An undergraduate course in entomology is preferred.

ENT 5041. Insect Ecology
(3.0 cr; Reqs: 3005 or 5900 or #; A-F or S-N or Audit)

Synthetic analysis of the causes of insect diversity and of fluctuations in insect abundance. Focus on abiotic, biotic, and evolutionary mechanisms influencing insect populations and communities.

ENT 5051. Scientific Illustration of Insects
(3.0 cr; ;A-F or S-N or Audit)

Traditional/computer-assisted techniques of scientific illustration. Emphasizes insects. Pencil, pen/ink, color (water color, acrylics, colored pencil). Vector/raster illustration using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Digital photography, microscopy, photomontage, traditional/electronic publication.

ENT 5061. Insect Molecular Science

(2.0 cr)

Molecular genetic techniques and their applications. Emphasizes insect species other than Drosophila. Application of genetic techniques to physiological processes.
prereq: [5011, basic genetics course] or instr consent

ENT 5081. Insects, Aquatic Habitats & Pollution
(3.0 cr: Reqs: [3005, Biol 3407, FW 2001, EEB 4601] or #; A-F or Audit)

Effects of pollutants on biology, ecology and community structure of aquatic insects. Life-cycle, trophic guilds, community structure in lotic/lentic habitats. Organic pollution/eutrophication, heavy metal pollution, runoff/siltation, acidification, thermal pollution. Changes in aquatic insect community structure according to original literature sources for each class of pollutant. Biological monitoring networks. Taught with ENT 3925.

ENT 5121 Applied Experimental Design
(4.0 cr; Reqs: Stat 5021 or equiv or # ; A-F or S-N or Audit)

Principles of sampling methodologies, experimental design, and statistical analyses. Methods/procedures in generating scientific hypotheses. Organizing, initiating, conducting, and analyzing scientific experiments using experimental designs and statistical procedures. Offered with AGRO 5121.

ENT 5126. Spatial and temporal Analysis of Ecological Data

(3.0 cr)

It is well known that spatial and temporal dependence in ecological data can affect experimental inference; what is less apparent is how to detect potential problems, determine their severities, and apply appropriate methodologies so analyses will withstand peer-review scrutiny. The semester starts with a brief refresher on data management and linear models (regression and ANOVA). In the second half of the semester, these “classic" frameworks are extended to scratch the surface of temporal data analysis and the three major areas of spatial statistics: spatial point processes, lattice data, and geostatistics. This course bridges sufficient theory to understand why contending with spatiotemporal dependence in data is important with enough application to make student confident to tackle their thesis or dissertation data.

ENT 5275. Medical Entomology
(3.0 cr; Reqs: 3005 or #; offered 1998 and alt yrs; A-F or S-N or Audit)

Biology of arthropod vectors of human disease. Emphasis on disease transmission and host, vector, and pathogen interactions.

ENT 5341. Biological Control of Insects and Weeds
(3.0 cr; Reqs: 3001, Biol 1009, EEB 3001 or grad; A-F or Audit)

Biological control of arthropod pests and weeds. Analysis of relevant ecological theory and case studies; biological control agents. Lab includes natural enemy identification, short experiments, and computer exercises.

ENT 5361. Aquatic Insects
(3.0 cr; Reqs: 3001 or #; A-F or Audit)

Taxonomy and natural history of aquatic insects including their importance in aquatic ecology, water resource management, recreation, and conservation. Emphasis on family-level identification of immatures and adults. Field trips scheduled to local aquatic habitats. A collection is required.

ENT 5900. Basic Entomology
(1.0-6.0 cr; QP-#; SP-#; A-F or S-N or Audit)

For graduate students who need to make up certain deficiencies in their biological science background.

ENT 5920. Special Lectures in Entomology
(1.0-3.0 cr; A-F or S-N or Audit)

Lectures or labs in special fields of entomological research given by a visiting scholar or regular staff member.

ENT 8006. Supervised Laboratory or Extension Teaching Experience
(1.0-3.0 cr: A-F or Audit)

Training/experience conducting lab or extension based educational activities in Entomology. Students select a faculty member to serve as their sponsor, and develop lecture outlines or instructional aids such as Web sites, Web-based training sites, print materials, demonstration aids, and demonstration projects. Students prepare/conduct lab or extension presentations. Overviews of Web-based instructional aids.

ENT 8041. Insect Molecular Science
(2.0 cr; SP-Basic genetics course, 5031 or #; offered alt yrs; A-F or S-N or Audit)

Molecular genetic techniques and their applications, emphasizing insect species other than [Drosophila]. Application of genetic techniques to physiological processes.

ENT 8051. Toxicology
(2.0 cr; SP-5031, organic and inorganic chem courses, biochem course or #; A-F or S-N or Audit)

Chemistry and mode of action of conventional insecticides; insect growth regulators and microbial pesticides; transgenic viruses and genetically modified plants.

ENT 8061. Scientific Communications and Ethics
(1.0 cr; S-N or Audit)

Students develop/use critical elements of scientific communication, within an ethical framework. Elements in writing scientific manuscripts and research proposals. Oral communication for scientific, outreach, and classroom presentations.

ENT 8200. Colloquium in Social Insects
(1.0-3.0 cr; SP-3020 or 3200; A-F or S-N or Audit)

Current research on bees, wasps, ants, and termites. Student critiques and research reports.

ENT 8210. Colloquium in Insect Evolution
(1.0-3.0 cr; QP-5370; SP-5371 or #; A-F or S-N or Audit)

Research issues in systematics and evolution. Comparative biology, biogeography, and molecular evolution. Students may re-enroll as topics alternate. Students critique papers from primary literature.

ENT 8240. Colloquium in Insect Ecology
(1.0-2.0 cr; QP-5040; SP-5041 or #; A-F or S-N or Audit)

Advanced topics.

ENT 8300. Graduate Seminar
(1.0 cr; SP-#; A-F or S-N or Audit)

Oral and written reports on and discussion by students of selected topics from current literature.

ENT 8333. FTE: Master's
(1.0 cr; SP-Master's student, adviser and DGS consent; A-F or S-N or Audit)

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ENT 8444. FTE: Doctoral
(1.0 cr; SP-Doctoral student, adviser and DGS consent; A-F or S-N or Audit)

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ENT 8594. Research in Entomology
(1.0-8.0 cr; S-N or Audit)

ENT 8666. Doctoral Pre-Thesis Credits
(1.0-18.0 cr; SP-Max 18 cr per semester or summer; doctoral student who has not passed prelim oral; A-F or S-N or Audit)

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ENT 8777. Thesis Credits: Master's
(1.0-18.0 cr; SP-Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required (Plan A only); A-F or S-N or Audit)

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ENT 8888. Thesis Credits: Doctoral
(1.0-18.0 cr; SP-Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required; A-F or S-N or Audit)

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