When and where: MWF 1:25 – 2:15 pm, Biological Sciences 1110 (new building!); M 2:30 - 5:20 Biological Sciences 1178
Instructor: Dr. Alan Harvey
Office: Rm. 2270, Biological Sciences; office hours T 9:00 am, or by appointment
Phone: 478-5784 (email’s a better option)

Course description: Entomology is the study of insects and their arthropod relatives (other than crustaceans, oddly enough!). This course will introduce students to basic insect biology. Given that more than half of all known species are insects, I don't expect you to become an expert on all aspects of all species. Rather, my goal is for you to view insects in a new, informed way, so that when you see an insect, you will wonder what it is, what it's doing, and how it might be affecting your life.
Upon completion of this course, you will
  • have a basic understanding of insect biology and evolution
  • become comfortable working with and handling live and/or pinned insects
  • be able to identify basic insect structures, collect insects in the field, and identify specimens to the level of order
  • understand the major interactions between insects and humans.
  • Required text: A Field Guide to the Insects of America North of Mexico, by D. J. Borror & R. E. White (2nd edition; 1998)
  • Final exam: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 12:30 - 2:30 pm