Graduate Entomology Course Descriptions

601. Principles of Systematic Entomology

602. Insect Biodiversity and Biology

606. Quantitative Phylogenetics

608. Principles of Biological Control

610. Host Plant Resistance

612. Insect Evolution

614. Insect Community Ecology

615. Insect Physiology

617. Acarology

618. Medical and Veterinary Entomology

619. Insect Toxicology

625. Landscape Ecology

628. Arthropod Genomes and Gene Expression

681. Seminar

684. Professional Internship

685. Directed Studies

689. Special Topics in…

690. Theory of Research

691. Research

601. Principles of Systematic Entomology. (3-0). Credit 3. Syllabus
An introduction to the principles and theory of systematic zoology and comparative biology including species concepts and speciation; methods for higher classification including phylogenetic systematics, phenetics, and evolutionary taxonomy; and an introduction to zoological nomenclature. Prerequisite: Graduate classification in entomology or other biological sciences.

602. Insect Biodiversity and Biology. (3-3). Credit 4. Syllabus
Biodiversity and biology of the orders and selected families of insects; order-level morphology, family-level natural history and identification; field trips and an insect collection provide experience with insect collecting methods, specimen preparation techniques and field biology. Prerequisite: 6 hours of biological sciences.

606. Quantitative Phylogenetics. (2-3). Credit 3. Syllabus
Designed to provide students with the theory and tools required for inference of phylogenetic (evolutionary) relationships among biological taxa using various types of comparative data including morphological characters, biochemical and molecular characters, and DNA sequences; hands-on analysis of data using contemporary tools. Prerequisite: Entomology 601 or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with GENE 606.

608. Principles of Biological Control. (3-0). Credit 3.
Theory and practices relating to the role and use of natural enemies in arthropod and plant population regulation; review and analysis of projects in biological control; biology and behavior of entomophagous arthropods. Prerequisite: ENTO 201 or equivalent or approval of instructor.

610. Host Plant Resistance. (3-0). Credit 3. Syllabus
Host plant resistance programs from the standpoint of the plant breeder, plant pathologist and entomologist; team taught with each discipline represented; roundtable discussion of assigned reading and lectures. Prerequisite: Approval of instructors. Cross-listed with AGRO 610 and PLPA 610.

612. Insect Evolution. (3-0). Credit 3. Syllabus
Review current and historical ideas about the phylogeny and evolution of the major groups of hexapods; includes evidential basis for hypotheses of monophyly, competing phylogenetic hypotheses, major innovations and trends affecting the adaptive radiations of specific taxa, morphological character systems, and history of insect classification and the major character systems. Prerequisite: One semester of insect or invertebrate zoology.

614. Insect Community Ecology. (3-0). Credit 3. Provide a strong and contemporary foundation in insect population, community and evolutionary ecology. Review historical and theoretical perspectives, current philosophies, approaches and a description of classic experiments used to test and modify theories on topics including: insect herbivore-plant interactions; major biological forces affecting population dynamics and community structure (resource availability, competition, predation, mutualisms, etc.). Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

615. Insect Physiology. (3-0). Credit 3. Physiological processes of insects; metabolism nutrition, neuro-endocrinology, nerve action, cell structure, respiration, circulation, excretion and flight; functional integration and regulatory processes of total organism. Prerequisite: ENTO 306 or equivalent.

617. Acarology. (3-3). Credit 4. Systematics, morphology, physiology, and ecology of ticks and mites; management of acarine pests of humans, animals and plants; role of parasitic species in causation and transmission of diseases. Prerequisite: ENTO 208 or equivalent. (Offered in 1995-96 and alternate years thereafter.)

619. Insect Toxicology. (3-0). Credit 3. Classification and properties of major types of insecticides; chemistry, metabolism and mode of action; selectivity, use hazards, residues and resistance; environmental problems: biological magnification, persistence and effects on non-target organisms.   Prerequisite: One course in organic chemistry, ENTO 615 or approval of instructor

625. Landscape Ecology. (2-2). Credit 3. Structure, function and change in a heterogeneous land area composed of interacting ecosystems; examine basic ecological principles dealing with landscape structure. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Cross-listed with GEOG 625.

628. Arthropod Genomes and Gene Expression. (3-0). Credit 3. Introduction to the vocabulary and experimental procedures routinely used for molecular genetic studies using arthropod systems as model examples; discussion of germ-line transformation, transient gene expression, and the analysis of tissue-specific and genome-wide gene expression. Prerequisite: GENE 301 or equivalent.

681. Seminar. (1-0). Credit 1. Oral reports and discussions of current research and developments in entomology and related fields; designed to broaden understanding of problems in field and to stimulate research. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

684. Professional Internship. Credit 1 to 4 each semester. On-the-job training in the fields of pest identification, home and garden pest control, medical and veterinary pest control, and pest management of food and fiber crop pests. Prerequisite: Graduate classification in the master of agriculture program in economic entomology or plant protection.

685. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 4 each semester. Entomological problems not pertaining to thesis or dissertation. Prerequisites: Graduate classification with major or minor in entomology; approval of department head. Entomological problems not pertaining to thesis or dissertation. Prerequisites: Graduate classification with major or minor in entomology; approval of department head.

689. Special Topics. Credit 1 to 4. Selected topics in an identified area of entomology. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

690. Theory of Research. Credit 1. Examination of concepts and theories in entomological research including applications of novel technologies and experiment approach.

691. Research. Credit 1 or more each semester. Research problems on taxonomy, life histories, biological control, ecology and physiology of insects, and toxicology of insecticides. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

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