Courses of Study 2023-2024 
    Mar 04, 2024  
Courses of Study 2023-2024
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ENTOM 2120 - Insect Biology

(OPHLS-AG) (CU-SBY)     
Fall. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite or corequisite: one semester of college biology or permission of instructor. Permission of instructor required. This course receives more credit than typical for the meeting pattern due to substantial academic activity outside of instructional hours. Lab fee: $50.

P. O’Grady.

Introduces the science of entomology, focusing on the systematics, anatomy, physiology, basic and applied ecology, and natural history of insects. Early fall laboratories include field trips to collect and study insects in the natural environment. A personal collection emphasizing ecological, behavioral, and taxonomic categories is a requirement of the laboratory.

Outcome 1: To be able to categorize insects based on basic ecological, behavioral, morphological, physiological, or developmental attributes.

Outcome 2: Demonstrate phylogenetic “tree thinking.”

Outcome 3: To be able to name various structures in some insect and compare them with homologous structures in other insects.

Outcome 4: To be able to present an insect collection of appropriately preserved specimens using a variety of collecting techniques.

Outcome 5: To be able to evaluate morphological characters and use a dichotomous key.

Outcome 6: 1. Conduct an ecological sampling field exercise and write a team report
2. Identify insects in lab and collegially compare identifications with other lab members.

Outcome 7: Sketch anatomical features in personal dissection and lab demonstrations.

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