Graduate Entomology Course Descriptions

601. Principles of Systematic Entomology.
Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours. 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; introduction to zoological nomenclature.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification in entomology or other biological sciences

602. Insect Biodiversity and Biology. Syllabus
Credits 4. 3 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours. 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). Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.
Designed to provide 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 Listing: GENE 606 and WFSC 646

608. Principles of Biological Control. Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.
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. Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.
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 readings and lectures. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Cross Listing: SCSC 610 and PLPA 610.

612. Insect Evolution. Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.
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. Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.
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. Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.
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. Credits 4. 3 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.
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 2010-2011 and alternate years thereafter.)

618. Medical and Veterinary Entomology. Credits 4. 3 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.
Taxonomy, biology and epidemiological role of insects that directly and/or indirectly affect the health and well-being of humans and animals. Prerequisite: ENTO 208 or equivalent. (Offered in 2010-2011 and alternate years thereafter.)

619. Insect Toxicology. Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.
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. Prerequisites: One course in organic chemistry and ENTO 615 or approval of instructor.

621 Biology and Systematics of Entomophagous Insects Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.
Systematics of entomophagous insects at the family level; collecting and rearing parasitoids from their hosts; emphasis on groups used in biological
control. Prerequisites: ENTO 301 or approval of instructor. (Offered in 2010-2011 and alternate years thereafter.)

ENTO 625/GEOG 625 Landscape Ecology Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.
Study of 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 Listing: GEOG 625/ENTO 625.

628. Arthropod Genomes and Gene Expression. Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.
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.

631. Principles of Integrated Pest Management. Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.
IPM history, conceptual foundations and basic principles; human practices aimed to reduce human carbon and chemical footprints on our planet; a
series of pest control efforts towards a more sustainable agriculture. Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.
645. Arthropods as Vectors of Plant Pathogens. Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.
Concepts on transmission of plant pathogens, discussion of transmission mechanisms, characteristics of insect vectors and their consequences for
plant protection. Prerequisites: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

681. Seminar. Credit 1. 1 Lecture Hour.
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. Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Other Hours.
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.  Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Other Hours.
Entomological problems not pertaining to thesis or dissertation. Prerequisites: Graduate classification with major or minor in entomology; approval of department head.

689. Special Topics in… Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Lecture Hours. 0 to 4 Lab Hours.
Selected topics in an identified area of entomology. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

690. Theory of Research. Credit 1. 1 Lecture Hour.
Examination of concepts and theories in entomological research including applications of novel technologies and experimental approach. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

691. Research. Credits 1 to 23. 1 to 23 Other Hours. Research problems on taxonomy, life histories, biological control, ecology and physiology of insects, and toxicology of insecticides. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

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