Want to Learn about Insects?

Insects represent the single largest group of animal species -- they influence every facet of life and they are a very important part of human health and well-being. Insects are the earth’s most diverse forms of life. Almost half of the species of all living organisms and over 70 percent of all animal species belong to the group known as insects. Insects play critical roles, both good and bad.

In the past, student interests have included biological control, invasion biology, medical entomology, molecular mechanisms of insecticide resistance, social insect biology, biochemistry of insect development, the effects of climate change on insect/plant interactions, and specific problems related to forest, field and fruit crop, and horticultural pest species.

Spring 2017 Insect Course Offerings

butterflyENT 5011: Insect Structure and Function-Comparative study of insect structures and functions from evolutionary perspective. Introduction to physiology of digestion, respiration, and other organ systems.

fireflyENT 5061: Insect Molecular Science-Molecular techniques have revolutionized the study of insects, leading to new insights into evolution, physiological and behavioral processes, responses to chemical insecticides, and basic developmental biology. This course will explore molecular biology of insects and its applications, including the controversial release of genetically modified species.

stem nesting larvae ENT 5121: Applied Experimental Design- 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.

bug on leafENT 5341Biological Control of Insects and Weeds-

Biological control is the suppression of pests and weeds using living organisms.  It involves fascinating interactions between organisms such as plants, herbivores, and the predators and parasitoids that attack them.  These interactions can provide spectacular protection from invasive species but risks to the environment mean biological control interventions must be undertaken with great care. We will explore these interactions and interventions in depth in this class.  Undergrads are welcome! 

dragonflyENT 5361: Aquatic Insects- 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 are scheduled to local aquatic habitats. A collection is required.