Undergraduate Entomology Course Descriptions

201. General Entomology208. Veterinary Entomology

210. Global Public Health Entomology

285. Directed Studies

289. Special Topics in ….

300. Field Studies

301. Biodiversity and Biology of Insects

305. Evolution of Insect Structure

306. Insect Physiology

313. Biology of Insects

315. Biotechnology and Society

320. Honey Bee Biology

322. Insects and Human Society

401. Principles of Insect Pest Management

402. Field Crop Insects

403. Urban Entomology

423. Medical Entomology

424. Insect Ecology

425. Disease Ecology

428. Insect Biotechnology

429. Insect Biotechnology Lab

431. Forensic Entomology

432. Applied Forensic Entomology

435. Problem Solving in Entomology

450. Caribbean Conservation

451. Caribbean Research Seminar

481. Seminar

482. Occupational and Professional Development

484. Professional Internship

485. Directed Studies

489. Special Topics in …Field Entomology

491 Research

 201. General Entomology. (2-2). Credit 3. Syllabus
An introduction to insect evolution and biology, with a guide to basic insect taxonomy and a survey of the insect orders.

208. Veterinary Entomology. (2-2). Credit 3. Syllabus
Classification, biology and control of insects and other arthropods associated with livestock and poultry production; identification emphasized in laboratory.

209. Veterinary Entomology Laboratory. Credit 1.
Insects and their relatives causation of economic loss, impacts to well-being and transmission of disease pathogens to domestic and companion animals and wildlife, as well as health and well-being of humans through occupational or recreation exposure; laboratory emphasizes identification of major arthropod pests, use of microscopy and dissection equipment.
Prerequisite: Freshman or sophomore classification or approval of instructor.

210. Global Public Heath Entomology. (3-0) Credit 3. Syllabus
Impacts of insects and insect-borne diseases on public health and well-being around the globe; insect biology, bloodfeeding, and transmission of human diseases; role of insect borne diseases on human history, socio-economic development, and public health infrastructure. Prerequisite: Freshman or sophomore classification or approval of instructor.

285. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 4. Syllabus
Directed individual study in entomology. Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore classification; approval of instructor and department head.

289. Special Topics In …Credit 1 to 4.
Selected topics in an identified area of entomology. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

300. Field Studies.  (3-0). Credit 3. Syllabus
Integration of principles of animal and plant ecology with environmental factors to characterize wildlife populations.  Intensive analysis of specific areas will emphasize either the development of a wildlife management plan or a general vertebrate natural history survey.  Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.  Cross-listed with WFSC 300.

301. Biodiversity and Biology of Insects. (3-3). Credit 4. II Syllabus
Introduction to orders and most important families of insects; order-level morphology and family-level natural history. Prerequisites: 6 hours of biological sciences; ENTO 311 or concurrent enrollment; junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

305. Evolution of Insect Structure. (2-3). Credit 3. Syllabus
External morphology of insects; evolution of form and function.
Prerequisite: 6 hours of biological sciences.

306. Insect Physiology. (2-3). Credit 3. Syllabus
Physiology of insects; structure and function of internal organ systems and their role in insect success. Prerequisite: ENTO 201 or equivalent.

313. Biology of Insects. (2-3). Credit 3. Syllabus
Study of the orders and important families of insects and related arthropods, including general biology, relationships with plants and other animals, and characteristics used in identification. Prerequisite: 3 hours of biological science.

315. Biotechnology and Society. (3-0). Credit 3. I. Syllabus
Understanding the technology and principles of biotechnology; interpreting and communicating biotechnology reports of both popular press and peer-reviewed scientific articles.  Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

320. Honey Bee Biology. (3-0). Credit 3. II   Syllabus   Web-Based Course Syllabus
Introduction of honey bee biology and beekeeping practices to science and non-science majors; honey bees as the model insect to introduce general principles of biology and entomology.  Prerequisite:  Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

322. Insects and Human Society. (3-0) Credit 3. Syllabus  Web Based Course Syllabus
Emphasis on the role insects have played in the development of human cultures; aspects include health, food production and storage, art, music and architecture; overview of historic, present day, and future roles insects will have on environmental movements (green societies), and in underdeveloped, developing and developed societies.

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401. Principles of Insect Pest Management. (2-3). Credit 3. Syllabus
Basic tenets of integrated pest management emphasizing ecological principles; integration of chemical, biological, cultural and physical tactics into an overall strategy for the agroecosystem; chemical pesticides, cultural practices, host resistance, biological control, sterility principle, economics of pest control and pest/host relationships.
Prerequisite: ENTO 201 or equivalent.

402. Field Crop Insects. (2-3). Credit 3. Syllabus
Application of management strategies for insect/mite pests of small grains, corn, cotton, rice, sorghum, stored products and sunflower; nature and symptoms of damage, life history and habits of common pests. Laboratory consists of pest and pest damage identification supported by field trips.
Prerequisite: ENTO 201 or equivalent.

403. Urban Entomology (2-3) Credit 3, II Syllabus
Biology, economic importance and control strategies for arthropod pests commonly invading households and commercial structures in urban environments.  Laboratory consists of urban pest identification and special presentations and demonstrations covering topics related to urban pest problems and their control.
Prerequisite: ENTO 201 or equivalent or approval of instructor.

423. Medical Entomology (2-3). Credit 3. I. Syllabus
Biologies, disease relationships and control of insects and other arthropods parasitic on or in humans; aspect of the fields of clinical preventive medicine; survey, collection and taxonomy of medically important arthropods in laboratory sessions.  Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

424. Insect Ecology. (2-3). Credit 3. Syllabus
Provides basic ecological background with an applied interpretation, emphasizing influences of insect populations and communities on ecosystem processes that influence landscape structure, function and change.
Prerequisites: 3 hours of biological sciences and ENTO 201 or equivalent.

425. Disease Ecology-Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.
Ecological interactions that influence the distribution and abundance of pathogens, vectors, and hosts ultimately determine the spread of disease; impacts of urbanization, climate change, and other human influenced environmental changes on disease dynamics; integration of disease ecology into pathogen and vector monitoring and comprehensive strategies to reduce disease occurrence.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor

428. Insect Biotechnology. (3-0) Credit 3. I. Syllabus
Applications of genetic engineering and biotechnology; specific problems dealing with insects and control of insect pests. Prerequisite: GENE 301 or 315 or 320; junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

429. Insect Biotechnology Laboratory. (0-3). Credit 1. I. Syllabus
Basic technical experience in insect molecular biology and biotechnology, including genomic DNA isolation, PCR, cloning, sequencing and gene manipulation techniques; focus on insect applications for improvement of human and health and agriculture.  Prerequisite: ENTO 428; concurrent enrollment in ENTO 428; junior or senior classification.

431. The Science of Forensic Entomology. (3-0). Credit 3. II.  Syllabus
Explores the science, methodology and technology employed to gather, preserve and present information about insects and other arthropods in such a manner that this information can be used in courts of law as evidence and testimony to help resolve issues of a criminal or civil nature.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

432. Applied Forensic Entomology. (0-3). Credit 1. II. Syllabus
Laboratory-based course offering students practical experience using scientific information, methodology, technology and legal procedures inherent to the field of forensic entomology; emphasis on collecting, preserving and identifying information as evidence and expert witness testimony in courts of law. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in ENTO 431; junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

435. Problem Solving in Entomology. (3-0). Credit 3. II. Syllabus Development of reasoning strategies; investigate a series of entomological case studies; challenges to solving real-world entomological problems as part of a team of investigators. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

450.  Caribbean Conservation.  (0-6). Credit 2. Syllabus
Provide students with experience in and appreciation for diverse tropical habitats and the problems associated with conserving these habitats; design and conduct individual research projects on topics of their choice with approval from the instructors on project design and feasibility.  Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in ENTO 300 and 451; junior or senior classification.  Cross-listed with WFSC 450.

451. Caribbean Research Seminar.  (1-0). Credit 1. Syllabus
Document research activities; keep a journal of activities and research methods during study abroad trips.  Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in ENTO 300 and 450; junior or senior classification.  Cross-listed with WFSC 451.

481. Seminar. (1-0). Credit 1. Syllabus
Report of original investigations, current literature and special features of entomology.
Prerequisites: ENTO 201 or equivalent; junior or senior classification.

482. Occupational and Professional Development. (2-0). Credit 2. I Syllabus
Organized instruction in written and oral communication; acquaint students with private and public-sector companies and agencies as well as leading professionals from these firms to reinforce academic instruction and prepare students for the transition to employment, graduate and professional schools. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with FIVS 482.

484. Professional Internship (4-0). Credit 1 to 4.
Independent study and supervised field experience related to a professional area of interest in entomology. May be taken two times for credit. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

485. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 4. I,II,S Syllabus
Individual problems for beginners in research. Prerequisites: ENTO 201 or equivalent; junior or senior classification; approval of instructor and department head.

489. Special Topics in …Credit 1 to 4. Syllabus
Selected topics in an identified area of entomology. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

Field Entomology

491. Research. (4-0). Credit 1 to 4.
Faculty supervised research in entomology.  May be taken two times for credit.  Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

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