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COURSE NUMBER: BIOL 204
COURSE TITLE: Insects and Humanity
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. John R. Wood
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
CALENDAR DESCRIPTION: Insects are often hated, sometimes loved, but seldom ignored. These minute creatures provide a window into the complexities of the biological world. This course offers a survey of the varied habitats and peculiar habits of insects, including their competition with humans for food and fiber and their role as disease agents.

This course meets the natural science (with lab) breadth requirement for the B.A. but does not meet major/concentration requirements in biology.
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Winston, M. L. (2014). Bee Time: Lessons from the hive. Harvard University Press.
  • Minnick, D.R. and E.L. Matheny, Jr. 1981. Entomology Laboratory (2nd ed.).
  • Supplementary (Optional): Lamoureux, Denis O. (2016). Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say YES! Zondervan.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Laboratory Exercises & Practical Exam 30%
Reading Summaries 10%
Two Mid-terms 40%
Final 20%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Although all of us are aware of insects, few take the time to appreciate the vast numbers of species and the great diversity of life styles in the class insecta. These six-footed beasts are found in nearly every conceivable environment on earth, and so they provide an excellent window onto the natural world. We will gain deeper insights into the interrelationship of all living organisms as we explore the lives of insects. This course should give you a many faceted view of the biological world.
Lecture Topics:
    • Introduction - Symbolic Value
    • Why are insects so successful
    • History of Classification
    • Attributes of Living Systems
    • Cellular Basis of Insect LIfe
    • Insect Behavior
    • Flying & Walking
    • Honey Bees & Social Lives
    • Insect Reproduction
    • Insect / Plant Relationships
    • Predator – Prey Relationships
    • Pest Control and Insect Damage
    • Global Food Security - Entomophagy
    • Utility of Insect – Human Interactions
Laboratory Topics:
    • Classes of Arthropods
    • External Morphology – the head
    • External Morphology – thorax
    • External Morphology – abdomen
    • Internal Systems – Grasshoppers & Crickets
    • Integument, molting, metamorphosis; Plant Pests and Damage
    • Insect Orders I – collecting & preserving
    • Insect Orders II – keying & identification
    • Bee Society; Bees and Art
    • Private Lives of Plants -The Birds and the Bees


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