Entomology

Research with Distinction

Conducting and reporting research with distinction. Prereq: GPA 3.0 or above overall, GPA 3.0 or above in the major, and permission of project supervisor. Students are expected to present at the CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum and the Denman University Undergraduate Research Forum. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs or 6 completions. This course is graded S/U.

Insect Behavior: Mechanisms and Function

The behavior of insects mediates all aspects of their ecological interactions and evolution. This course describes the multitude of behaviors expressed by insects and explores how behavior determines survivorship and fitness. We will discuss selective forces and constraints driving evolution of behaviors and mechanisms that make possible complex expression within simple insect nervous systems. Prereq: Jr standing or above. Not open to students with credit for 5420. Cross-listed in EEOB.

Evaluating Evidence in Biology & Medicine

Explores information and scientific literacies in biology and medicine, with emphasis on science as reported in the media and the use of insects and other organisms as model systems. We use evolutionary theory as the unifying framework for all life on earth. The ability to scrutinize science as reported in popular sources and to procure additional, credible information is emphasized. Prereq: Honors standing. GE nat sci bio course.

General Entomology Laboratory

Laboratories will introduce the major patterns of diversity among insects and will provide experience and develop abilities in the identification of insects. We will explore insect and other arthropod diversity and evolution by collecting, identifying and curating invertebrate specimens. A personally collected and identified insect collection is a major component of the laboratory grade. Prereq: Biology 1113, 1113H, 1114, or 1114H. Prereq or concur: Entmlgy 4000. Not open to students with credit for 3000.

Experimental Insect Physiology and Molecular Biology

This laboratory course uses both classical and cutting-edge experimental techniques to uncover aspects of insect biology. We will conduct a series of novel experiments on diapausing and non-diapausing model insects to show physiological and molecular mechanisms used to survive winter. The course goal is to create a student co-authored manuscript to submit to the Journal of Insect Physiology. Prereq or concur: 6310.

Evolution and Diversity of Insects

The scope of this course extends from the molecular to at least the community and ecosystem levels. Elucidation of the pattern of insect evolution builds upon molecular, anatomical, and behavioral data. Students will study and learn about the evolutionary and developmental origins of anatomical structures and understand how those structures interact and function. Prereq: 3000 or 4000 (500), or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

Turfgrass Insect and Mite Pests - Identification, Biology, and Management

This course provides information on the insect groups that attack managed turfgrass (lawns, grounds, sport fields, and golf courses) in such a manner that participants will learn how to diagnose and identify common pests, and be able to select appropriate methods of managing these pests. Prereq: 1101 (101), 1111, 3000, 4000 (500), or 4600.

Evolution in Darwin's World and Ours: Context

Practice historical thinking and research skills while exploring Darwin's life, intellectual development, and theory of species origin in broad historical context. Discussions will include modern evolutionary theory and its broad applications in biology, medicine, and other human endeavors. These themes will be explored during travels abroad in the post-requisite course Entmlgy 3797.02E. Prereq: Fresh standing or above. Not open to students with credit for 3790H or 3797H. GE historical study course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course.

The Biology of Hope and Belief

The underlying premise of this course is that the human mind and human behaviors have been shaped by the force of natural selection. Some of these behaviors are complex, longstanding and present in every human culture ever studied. This course explores the biological basis for two of them: the human capacity for hope and the human desire to believe in a supernatural deity. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for Biology 1350. GE nat sci bio course.

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