EntomologySonny Ramaswamy, Head
Professors Arthur, Baker, Bauernfeind, Beeman, Broce, Buschman, Flinn, Hagstrum, Harvey, Higgins, Howard, Kambhampati, Margolies, Marsh, Nechols, Reese, Sloderbeck, Smith, Throne, and Wilde; Associate Professors Charlton, Lord, Whiles, and Zhu; Assistant Professors Campbell, Michaud, Oppert, Park, Wright de Malo, Zolnerowich, and Zurek; Emeriti: Professors Blocker, Brooks, Cress, Elzinga, Depew, Gates, Hopkins, Horber, Mills, Mock, and Thompson.
Entomology is the study of insects and related arthropods. Applied entomology stresses their relations to plants and animals, including humans. Courses fall into two groups: broad, general courses suitable for any student; and professional courses that provide training for research, teaching, and administration in colleges, experiment stations, health services, government agencies, industry, foundations, and private practice.
Students majoring in other fields may have a special interest in entomology as part of their curriculum. Courses 300 or 312 and 313 or 314 or 305 are recommended.
The following courses are required:
A minor in entomology can be obtained in conjunction with any major field of study and students are encouraged to do so. The following degree programs, however, lend themselves particularly well to an entomology minor.
Animal sciences and industry
In addition to fulfilling the requirements for undergraduate students in the Crop Consulting Option of Agronomy, students receiving a minor in Entomology must take the following courses:
In addition to fulfilling the requirements for undergraduate students majoring in grain science and industry, students receiving a minor in entomology must take the following courses:
ENTOM 250. Insects and People. (3) II. Intended for undergraduate nonmajors as part of the university general education curriculum. The focus will be on the global impact of insects on human concerns, such as the role of insects as disease vectors, agricultural pests, and pollinators. The students will look at the world from a non- anthropocentric viewpoint, educating them about the overwhelming abundance and diversity of insects and about their differences from ourselves. Two hours lec. and one one-hour interactive session a week.
ENTOM 300. Economic Entomology. (2 or 3) II. Classification, life histories, habits, and principles of control of important economic insects. For agriculture majors. Two hours lec. and two hours lab a week. For the 2 credit option, students must have completed ENTOM 305 or 312 or 320 for full credit, and must receive permission from the instructor. Students who take the course for two credits will only have to meet during approximately weeks 6 through 16 of the semester, which covers strategies of control and pests of commodities. The 3-credit option is available to students who wish to take the entire course for credit.
ENTOM 305. Livestock Entomology. (2) I. Biology and behavior of insects and other pests attacking livestock, poultry, pets, and wildlife. Current recommendations for control are discussed. For students interested in livestock production, feedlot management, dairy and poultry science, and pre-veterinary medicine, as well as other agricultural curricula. Two hours lecture-demonstration a week.
ENTOM 306. Livestock Entomology Laboratory. (1) I. One two-hour lab a week.
ENTOM 312. General Entomology. (2) I, II. A basic study of insects and related arthropods, their structure, physiology, behavior, and relations to plants and animals, including man. Two hours rec. a week.
ENTOM 313. General Entomology Laboratory. (1) I, II. Identification, food preferences, and habitat preferences of the common insects. Two hours a week.
ENTOM 320. Horticultural Entomology. (2 or 3) I. Biological principles and management considerations for insects and related arthropods affecting horticulture. Practical application of classification and life history information for accurate recognition, monitoring, and pest management decisions. Control tactics and conservation of beneficial species. Two hours lec. and two hours lab a week. For the 2-credit option, students must have completed ENTOM 300 or 305 or 312 for full credit, and must receive permission from the instructor. Students who take the course for two credits will only have to meet during approximately weeks 6 through 16 of the semester, which covers general pest management concepts and procedures and specific applications for horticultural entomology. The 3-credit option is available to students who wish to take the entire course for credit.
Undergraduate and graduate credit
ENTOM 620. Insecticides: Properties and Laws. (2) II. Even years. Introduction to insecticides as arthropod control agents, including their classification, formulation, properties, mode of action, metabolism, resistance, benefits and environmental impact, and federal and state laws that regulate the development, sale, use, and storage of insecticides. Two hours lec. a week. Pr.: CHM 110.
ENTOM 635. Introduction to Plant Resistance to Pests. (2) I. Even years, during first half of semester. Basic concepts of the biology, ecology, genetics, and breeding for pest resistance in plants. Four hours lec. and discussion a week. Pr.: ENTOM 300 or PLPTH 500 or ENTOM 312 and 313, and one course in plant or animal genetics. Same as PLPTH 635.
ENTOM 680. Aquatic Entomology. (3) I. Odd years. Biology and ecology of aquatic insect orders and families, their roles in aquatic ecosystems, relationships to people, and use as sensitive biomonitoring agents to detect ecological disturbances. Labs teach sampling techniques and use of keys to identify aquatic insects to family and selected genera. Two hours lec. and two hours lab a week. Pr.: ENTOM 312 and 313; or BIOL 201.
ENTOM 692. Insect Ecology. (3) II, in even years. Abiotic and biotic factors underlying the distribution, abundance, and dynamics of insects. How to measure these factors, how they affect insect population processes, interactions, and community structure, especially in agricultural systems. Emphasis on basic concepts and their application, experimental methods, and field techniques. One hour lec. and 2 two-hour labs a week. Pr.: BIOL 303, BIOL 529, or ENTOM 312.
ENTOM 706. External Insect Morphology. (3) I. Even years or on sufficient demand. External form and structure of insects with emphasis on the functional aspects of present structure. Theories of the evolution of structure from the ancestral to the derived state including, where possible, successive evolutionary stages. Differences between leading theories are discussed. Designed for beginning graduate students and advanced undergraduates. One hour lec. and six hours lab a week. Pr.: ENTOM 300 or 312 and 313.
ENTOM 710. Insect Taxonomy. (3) II. Even years. Laboratory study of insect order and family-group identification. Proper preparation and maintenance of adult insect collections. Lecture stresses the principles of systematics, legal principles of nomenclature, and the phylogeny of insects and their near relatives. For beginning graduate and advanced undergraduate students. One hour lec. and six hours lab a week. Pr.: ENTOM 300 or 312 and 313; ENTOM 706 recommended but not required; insect collection desirable.
ENTOM 745. Plant Resistance to Insects. (2) I. Even years during second half of semester. Plant resistance in crop plants including transgenic plants. Insect behavior, physiology, and ecology as affected by resistance. Discussion of methods of assessing and quantifying plant resistance. Pr.: ENTOM 635 or PLPTH 635.
ENTOM 767. Insect Pest Management. (3) I. Even years. A presentation of the items necessary to consider in order to develop a sound pest management program, from identification of a problem to recommendations made to growers for dealing with a pest. Two hours lec. and one lab a week. Pr.: ENTOM 300 or ENTOM 312.
ENTOM 799. Problems in Entomology. (Var.) I, II, S. For nonthesis or nondissertation studies. Work in various fields of entomology. Pr.: Consent of instructor.