Mar 04, 2024
ENTOM 4440 - Integrated Pest Management (crosslisted) PLSCS 4440
Spring. 4 credits. Student option grading.
Prerequisite: introductory biology or permission of instructor. Co-meets with ENTOM 5440/PLSCS 5440.
A. DiTommaso, J.E. Losey.
Lectures integrate the principles of pest control, ecology, and economics in the management of pests across multiple systems. Labs consist of exercises to reinforce concepts presented in lecture and demonstrate pest monitoring techniques and the application of computer technology to management problems.
Outcome 1: 1.1 Students will appreciate the often overlooked economic and ecological underpinnings of pest outbreaks
1.2 Students will be able to identify and evaluate ethical issues involved with pest management
Outcome 2: 2.1 Students will acquire the abilities to use multiple integrated techniques to assess pest populations and determine if treatment is warranted
2.2 Students will develop underlying skills to evaluate pest management alternatives and develop integrated pest management plans
Outcome 3: 3.1 Students will participate actively in discussion and debate about integrated pest management with peers
3.2 Students will work together to facilitate discussion and understanding of contentious issues
3.3 Students will gain experience searching the scientific literature to learn more about integrated pest management from primary sources
Outcome 4: 4.1 Students will conduct research with team members to report on the management of a specific pest of their choice
4.2 Students will summarize and codify data from a literature review to learn about the hypothesis-driven approach to scientific research
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