Entomology Courses 2018-2019

See Class Schedule for courses currently being offered.


ENT 1004. Inesct Biology

Amy Morey, Fall

(3.0 cr)

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. 

Lecture only

ENT 1005. Insect Biology

Amy Morey, Fall
(4.0 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. 

Lecture/lab.

ENT 1905. Bugs in Bodies: Forensic Entomology

Robin Thomson, Fall

(2.0 cr)

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the interaction between the discipline of entomology and forensic science (the application of science during criminal investigation). Students will be taught the basic entomology concepts necessary to understand forensic entomology, using a blend of lecture, discussion, and active classroom work in small groups. Guest speakers will include local forensic experts and medical examiners.

ENT 2920. Introductory Lectures in Entomology

George Heimpel, Fall

Insects have had an immense yet underappreciated impact on the course of human history and civilization.  Through their effects as carriers of disease, insects have decided the outcomes of numerous battles and wars, often causing many more deaths than weapons.  On the other hand, beneficial insects have made important contributions to the development of many industries, in particular related to textile and agriculture, and they also serve as important sources food in many cultures. Throughout the class we focus on ways that historical inquiry can be used to elucidate entomological questions and, conversely, how entomological knowledge can be brought to bear to solve historical mysteries.

ENT 3925/ 5081. Insects, Aquatic Habitats & Pollution

Len Ferrington, Fall
(3.0 cr: Reqs: [3005, Biol 3407, FW 2001, EEB 4601] or #)

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 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

Aulema, Fall
(3.0 cr; QP-[1005, 3005] or #)

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

ENT 5021. Insect Biodiversity and Evolution

Ralph Holzenthal, Fall
(4.0 cr; Reqs: SP-3005 or equiv)

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

 

ENT 5041. Insect Ecology

David Andow, Fall
(3.0 cr; Reqs: 3005 or 5900 or #)

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 5081. Insects, Aquatic Habitats & Pollution

Len Ferrington, Fall
(3.0 cr: Reqs: [3005, Biol 3407, FW 2001, EEB 4601] or #)

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

Various instructors, Fall
(1.0-6.0 cr; QP-#; SP-#)

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

 

ENT 8061. Scientific Communications and Ethics

Karen Mesce, Fall
(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.