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Course level: Undergraduate
This course presents students with the study of entomology. Students will examine insects and their interaction with the ecosystem.
- BIO/101 – Principles of Biology OR
- a minimum of 3 college credits of Biology
What you'll learn
Course skills and outcomes
- Identify the external anatomical features used in keying insects to taxonomic groups.
- Explain the relationship between the internal structures and physiological function of insects.
Insect Habitats and Life History
- Describe the ecological interactions affecting population dynamics of insects.
- Relate insect behavioral patterns with population dynamics.
- Explain how abiotic and biotic factors influence the behavior and interactions of insects.
Identifying Insects Using Taxonomic Keys
- Analyze embryological features and development patterns relevant to identifying adult insects.
- Identify adult insects using a taxonomic or dichotomous key.
- Explain the use of a taxonomic or dichotomous key to identify insect orders.
Ecological Interactions of Insects
- Analyze the complex social systems present in an insect species.
- Compare mechanisms used by insects to parasitize other organisms.
- Compare mechanisms used by insects to eat other organisms.
Insects and Human Interactions
- Analyze the interactions between humans and insects.
- Determine how integrated pest management (IPM) principles affect environmental and community health.
- Evaluate methods to control common household insects.