ENT - Entomology


ENT 201Insects and PeopleUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Natural Sciences
Introduction to the fascinating world of insects and how they interact with people. Survey of insect history, diversity, structure and function, and behavior. Examples of harmful and beneficial insects in a variety of human activities concluding with some profound impacts insects have had on history, society and culture.


ENT 203An Introduction to the Honey Bee and BeekeepingUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Natural Sciences
Introduction to honey bee biology and a fundamental understanding of beekeeping management including crop pollination by bees. Examination of the relationships between honey bees and humans from prehistoric through modern times and the behavior and social system of one of the animal world's most complex and highly organized non-human societies.


ENT 207Insects and Human DiseaseUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Global Knowledge, Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Natural Sciences
This course is an introduction to the many interactions between insects, other arthropods and humans that result in disease, ranging from simple anxiety, phobias, discomfort and pain, to transmission of pathogenic organisms causing sickness and even death. Included will be an understanding of the special physical and chemical adaptations of insects that enable them to cause us harm. The major groups of insects, mites, ticks and related arthropods associated with human suffering and disease as well as an introduction to the diseases transmitted by them will be presented. Finally, the course will present information on how major outbreaks of disease transmitted by the insects have influenced human populations, demographics, warfare, religion, and societal structure throughout recorded history.


ENT 212Basic EntomologyUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring, Offered in Fall and Spring
This course offers a brief and basic introduction to the world of insects and the discipline of entomology. It is intended as a primer for several other more specialized entomology classes such as forensic entomology and forest entomology.


ENT 305Introduction to Forensic EntomologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Natural Sciences
This course provides a broad overview of forensic entomology-a specialized field of entomology employed in medicocriminal investigations. Forensic entomology relies on knowledge of insect ecology, biology, taxonomy, physiology and development to elucidate the circumstances surrounding death. The role of arthropods associated with decomposed human remains is one of several valued disciplines in forensic sciences. Understanding the general principles of forensic entomology and their application will be the focus of this course.


ENT 401Honey Bee Biology and ManagementUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: (ENT 201, ENT 203, ENT 425, BIO 105 or PB 200)
A hands-on course in honey bee management including bee pollination of selected crops based on an understanding of bee biology, bee behavior, bee pathology, and bee botany. Students must be able to provide their transportation to field sites or arrange to work with a beekeeping mentor. Students may choose, but are not required, to purchase their own beekeeping equipment and hive.


ENT (FOR) 402Forest EntomologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Natural Sciences
Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Fundamentals of morphology, classification, biology, ecology and control of insects attacking trees, with emphasis on silvicultural practices.


ENT (BIO) 425General EntomologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Natural Sciences
Prerequisite: BIO 181 or BIO 140 or BIO 350
Explores the science of entomology by focusing on the basic principles of systematics, morphology, physiology, development, behavior, ecology, and control of insects. Field trips provide opportunities to collect insects and study their adaptations to a wide variety of natural environments.


ENT (PP) 450Challenges in Plant Resource ProtectionUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: CS 414 or ENT 425 or PP 315
This course provides applied training to students in the scientific and regulatory aspects of plant protection using real-world studies, scenarios, and addressing important contemporary issues for safeguarding American agriculture. Students will gain hands-on problem solving abilities regarding the diagnosis, containment, and mitigation of introduced plant pests and pathogens.


ENT (PP) 460Fundamentals of (Pest) Risk AnalysisUNITS: 1
This course provides students with a historical perspective as well as real-time exposure to working professionals involved in the development of risk analysis documents for plant protection. The course uses real world scenarios and addresses contemporary issues facing scientists and regulators tasked with safeguarding American agriculture. Students will gain hands-on problem solving abilities regarding the identification and mitigation of plant pathogens, insects, and noxious weeds that can be introduced into the USA through international trade in agricultural commodities.


ENT (CS) (PP) 470Advanced Turfgrass Pest ManagementUNITS: 2 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: C- or better in CS 200
Characteristics and ecology of turfgrass weed, insect, and disease pests; identification and diagnosis of turfgrass pests, strategies for managing pests including cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical methods; development of integrated pestmanagement programs, characteristics and modes of action for herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and plant growth regulators; behavior and fate of pesticides in soil; and the development and management of pesticide resistant pest populations.


ENT 492External Learning ExperienceUNITS: 1-6 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
A learning experience within an academic framework that utilizes facilities and resources which are external to the campus. Contact and arrangements with prospective employers must be initiated by student and approved by a faculty adviser, the prospective employer, the departmental teaching coordinator and the academic dean prior to the experience.


ENT 493Special Problems in EntomologyUNITS: 1-6 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
A learning experience in agriculture and life sciences within an academic framework that utilizes campus facilities and resources. Contact and arrangements with prospective employers must be initiated by student and approved by a faculty adviser, the prospective employer, the departmental teaching coordinator and the academic dean prior to the experience.


ENT 495Special Topics in EntomologyUNITS: 1-3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Offered as needed to present materials not normally available in regular course offerings or for offering of new courses on a trial basis.


ENT 501Advanced BeekeepingUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: ENT 203
A hands-on course in honey bee management with some emphasis on bee pollination of selected crops based on an understanding of bee biology, bee behavior, bee pathology and bee botany.Credit not allowed for both ENT 401 and ENT 501.


ENT 502Insect DiversityUNITS: 4 - Offered in Fall Only
Prerequisite: ENT 425
Diversity of insect biology and structure with emphasis upon identification of adults; includes speciation, evolutionary relationships, approaches to classification, nomenclature, zoogeography and techniques of collection.


ENT 503Insect Morphology and PhysiologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: CH 221, 223 and ENT 425
The objectives are to acquaint students with the internal morphology, histology, and ultra-structure and system functions of insects. The laboratory will assist in recognizing the internal anatomy and associated external structure of insects and provide practical experience in the study of insect function.


ENT 504Professional Development for EntomologistsUNITS: 2 - Offered in Fall Only, Offered Alternate Even Years
A successful professional career in entomology is not limited to understanding just the science of Entomology. Also required is an understanding of career paths, professional ethics, written and verbal communication, safety, how to work with animals and human subjects, personal interactions, vita preparation, networking, and future directions of the discipline. These skills are essential to taking the knowledge obtained in entomology and applying them to a career in the discipline. Graduate Standing required.


ENT (GES) 506Principles of Genetic Pest ManagementUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only
Introduction to the biological aspects of genetic pest management (GPM). Genetic techniques for GPM, including historical uses (such as the sterile insect technique) and approaches that are currently in development. Practical issues relating to the deployment of GPM, including ecological and economic considerations.


ENT (ZO) 509Biology of Aquatic InsectsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Odd Years
Prerequisite: ENT 425
Life history descriptions and identification of aquatic insects. Emphasis on behavioral and physiological adaptations to diverse habitats and the role of insects in aquatic ecosystem function and as indicators of water quality.


ENT 520Insect BehaviorUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Even Years
This course stresses comprehensive coverage of the principles of animal behavior using insects as models and examples. Physiology, genetics, mechanisms, behavioral ecology, and evolution of insect behavior will be covered.


ENT 525Entomology for EducatorsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: General Biology
Insects and other arthropods used as paradigms for teaching basic principles of Biology and Ecology. Project-oriented format covering topics embracing the learnign cycle, scientific method, critical thinking skills, and hand-on laboratory activites.


ENT 526Organic Agriculture: Principles and PracticesUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Even Years
This is a multidisciplinary class, and lectures cover many aspects of organic production given by a number of experts from both on and off campus. Classes also include discussions of issues and controversies surrounding organic production, as well as field trips to selected farms. This course is restricted to upper level undergraduate, graduate, or post-baccalaureate continuing education students.


ENT (GN) 527Insect NeurogenomicsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: GN 413/513 or similar coursework (with permission of instructor)
Sensory processing systems in the insect brain (visual, olfactory, gustatory, and mechanosensory), learning and memory and circadian rhythm. Each process will be considered at the behavioral, anatomical, neural, and genetic level. Examples will bedrawn from multiple insect species, using recent studies. Techniques: quantitative real-time PCR, microarrays, mapping quantitative trait loci, Drosophila transgenics, RNAi, imaging neuronal activity, etc. For Graduate students with background in molecular biology techniques.


ENT 550Fundamentals of Arthropod ManagementUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only
Prerequisite: ENT 425
The principles underlying modern methods for protecting food, clothing, shelter and health from insect attack.


ENT 560Techniques in Molecular Ecology and EvolutionUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Odd Years
Laboratory-intensive course providing hands-on experience in application of several commonly used techniques in molecular ecology and evolution. Lectures cover theory and application of specific techniques in the context of case studies from the primary literature. By end of course, students should be comfortable with theory and application of molecular markers in studies of ecology and evolution, and should be able to incorporate one or more techniques into their thesis research. Graduate standing or permission of the instructors required.


ENT (ZO) 582Medical and Veterinary EntomologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Even Years
Prerequisite: ENT 425 or Graduate standing
The morphology, taxonomy, biology and control of the arthropod parasites and disease vectors of man and animals. The ecology and behavior of vectors in relation to disease transmission and control.


ENT 591Special Topics In EntomologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisite: Graduate standing
A variable credit lecture and laboratory series offering topics such as advanced beekeeping, morphology, physiology, systematics, behavior, biological control, nursery and ornamental pests, host plant resistance, information retrieval, biological monitoring and sampling, population modeling, extension entomology, computer methods and urban, forest and stored product pests.


ENT 601SeminarUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisite: Graduate standing in ENT or closely allied fields
Discussion of entomological topics selected and assigned by seminar chair.


ENT 604Insect Natural History and Field EcologyUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall Only
Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Entomology
Diversity of ecological roles and lifestyles of insects and related arthropods using techniques in field ecology. Two week-long field trips to Coastal Plain and Mountains with orientation walks, evening lectures, and field projects.Taught during the two weeks prior to the Fall semester.


ENT 620Special ProblemsUNITS: 1-3 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Original research on special problems in entomology not related to a thesis problem. Provides experience and training in research.Credits Arranged.


ENT 641Agricultural Entomology PracticumUNITS: 3 - Offered in Summer, Offered Alternate Years
Prerequisite: Economic entomology (ENT 762 recommended)
Practical experience in research, extension and commercial aspects of insect pest management on a broad range of agricultural crops under actual field conditions. Class meets 9 hours each Friday for 10 weeks from early June to mid-August. Students should register for second summer session.


ENT 685Master's Supervised TeachingUNITS: 1-3 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisite: Master's student
Teaching experience under the mentorship of faculty who assist the student in planning for the teaching assignment, observe and provide feedback to the student during the teaching assignment, and evaluate the student upon completion of the assignment.


ENT 688Non-Thesis Masters Continuous Registration - Half Time RegistrationUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Master's student
For students in non-thesis master's programs who have completed all credit hour requirements for their degree but need to maintain half-time continuous registration to complete incomplete grades, projects, final master's exam, etc.


ENT 689Non-Thesis Master Continuous Registration - Full Time RegistrationUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Master's student
For students in non-thesis master's programs who have completed all credit hour requirements for their degree but need to maintain full-time continuous registration to complete incomplete grades, projects, final master's exam, etc. Students may register for this course a maximum of one semester.


ENT 690Master's ExaminationUNITS: 1-6 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisite: Master's student
For students in non thesis master's programs who have completed all other requirements of the degree except preparing for and taking the final master's exam.


ENT 693Master's Supervised ResearchUNITS: 1-9 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Master's student
Instruction in research and research under the mentorship of a member of the Graduate Faculty.


ENT 695Master's Thesis ResearchUNITS: 1-9 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Master's student
Thesis research.


ENT 696Summer Thesis ResearchUNITS: 1 - Offered in Summer
Prerequisite: Master's student
For graduate students whose programs of work specify no formal course work during a summer session and who will be devoting full time to thesis research.


ENT 699Master's Thesis PreparationUNITS: 1-9 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisite: Master's student
For students who have completed all credit hour requirements and full-time enrollment for the master's degree and are writing and defending their theses.


ENT 720Insect PathologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Years
Prerequisite: ENT 425 and MB 351
A treatment of the noninfectious and infectious diseases of insects, the etiological agents and infectious processes involved, immunological responses and applications.


ENT 726Biological Control of Insects and WeedsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Offered Alternate Odd Years
Prerequisite: ENT 425
Overview of the field of biological control and its role in Integrated Pest Management programs. Emphasis on the diversity and sometimes unusual interactions of insect parasitoids and predators with their hosts/prey, controversies in biological control, critical analysis of selected projects, and basic conceptual and "hands-on" tools for approaching biological control research and implementing projects.


ENT 731Insect EcologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Offered Alternate Years
Prerequisite: ENT 425 and BO (ZO) 760
The interrelationships among insects and components of their effective environments which result in dynamic spatial and temporal patterns of particular species. Also, the diverse roles of insects in structure and function of communities and ecosystems.


ENT 762Insect Pest Management In Agricultural CropsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Years
Prerequisite: ENT 425
Critical review of the biology and ecology of representative beneficial and injurious insects and arachnids of agricultural crops and the advantages and limitations of advanced concepts of their management in selected agroecosystems.


ENT 765Advanced Forest EntomologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Offered Alternate Years
Prerequisite: ENT 402 or ENT 502
Coverage of the important insect pests of forest and shade trees including regeneration pests, defoliating insects, inner-bark borers, wood borers, sucking insects, and bud, twig and root feeding insects. Detailed examination of concepts in forest pest management and population dynamics.


ENT 791Special Topics In EntomologyUNITS: 1-3 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisite: Graduate standing
A variable credit lecture and laboratory series offering topics such as advanced beekeeping, morphology, physiology, systematics, behavior, biological control, nursery and ornamental pests, host plant resistance, information retrieval, biological monitoring and sampling, population modelling, extension entomology, computer methods and urban, forest and stored product pests.


ENT 801SeminarUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisite: Graduate standing in ENT or closely allied fields
Discussion of entomological topics selected and assigned by seminar chair.


ENT 804Insect Natural History and Field EcologyUNITS: 1 - Offered in Fall Only
Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Entomology
Diversity of ecological roles and lifestyles of insects and related arthropods using techniques in field ecology. Two week-long field trips to Coastal Plain and Mountains with orientation walks, evening lectures, and field projects.Taught during the two weeks prior to the Fall semester.


ENT 820Special ProblemsUNITS: 1-3 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Original research on special problems in entomology not related to a thesis problem. Provides experience and training in research.


ENT 841Agricultural Entomology PracticumUNITS: 3 - Offered in Summer, Offered Alternate Years
Prerequisite: Economic entomology (ENT 762 recommended)
Practical experience in research, extension and commercial aspects of insect pest management on a broad range of agricultural crops under actual field conditions. Class meets 9 hours each Friday for 10 weeks from early June to mid-August. Students should register for second summer session.


ENT 885Doctoral Supervised TeachingUNITS: 1-3 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisite: Doctoral student
Teaching experience under the mentorship of faculty who assist the student in planning for the teaching assignment, observe and provide feedback to the student during the teaching assignment, and evaluate the student upon completion of the assignment.


ENT 890Doctoral Preliminary ExamUNITS: 1-9 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisite: Doctoral student
For students who are preparing for and taking written and/or oral preliminary exams.


ENT 893Doctoral Supervised ResearchUNITS: 1-9 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Doctoral student
Instruction in research and research under the mentorship of a member of the Graduate Faculty.


ENT 895Doctoral Dissertation ResearchUNITS: 1-9 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Doctoral student
Dissertation research.


ENT 896Summer Dissertation ResearchUNITS: 1 - Offered in Summer
Prerequisite: Doctoral student
For graduate students whose programs of work specify no formal course work during a summer session and who will be devoting full time to thesis research.


ENT 899Doctoral Dissertation PreparationUNITS: 1-9 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Doctoral student
For students who have completed all credit hour, full-time enrollment, preliminary examination, and residency requirements for the doctoral degree, and are writing and defending their dissertations.