BIO 476 (4.0 cr)
This course offers students an overview of insect science with specific emphasis and training in civic engagement and scientific communication. The insects are the most abundant and species-rich animals on the planet and are important for their ecological impacts and interactions with human populations. Topics covered in lecture will include insect anatomy and physiology, sensory systems and behavior, reproduction, development and life histories, systematics and classification, biogeography and evolution, and medical and veterinary entomology. Lab field trips will offer students the opportunity to collect insects to study their behavior and develop curated collections of pinned and identified specimens. To develop the skills necessary for civic engagement, students will prepare insect-themed materials for the general public including keys to local taxa and innovative classroom lesson plans, participate in a number of external activities including collections and tours of local museums and insect collections, and host an insect fair for the community at the end of the semester.