ENTOMOLOGY 3010, Fall 98 Office: 209 Sci. Bld.
Zeigler
Phone: 521-6610


Catalog Description: An introduction to the study of insects which emphasizes the classification, morphology, physiology, ecology, behavior, and importance of insects. Approximately one week will be devoted to spiders.
Collection required. (This course will require "some" out of class and lab time for collecting & identifying the specimens in your collection)


OBJECTIVES:
* To become knowledgable concerning the many biological aspects of insects & spiders.
* To appreciate the diversity of insects and their "lives".
* To see and collect some insects in natural settings.
* To learn how to prepare insects in a collection and for display.
* To understand the great importance of insects to terrestrial ecosystems.


TEXT: THE SCIENCE OF ENTOMOLOGY by Romoser & Stoffolano (4th Edition)
and Insects: A Golden Guide.

COURSE GRADING: Standard 10-point scale: A = 90-100, B = 80-89, etc.
(+ and - grades will be assigned)

3 lecture exams (each counts 20%) = 60%
2 lab exams (15 & 20%) = 35%
total=95%

Lecture exams will consist of a variety of question types. Multiple choice and short answer questions will predominate. Other questions will include definitions, figure labeling, etc.

Lab exams will mostly consist of visual identification of insect and other arthropod specimens along with some anatomy. The remaining 5% of the course (plus 5% Bonus points--max.) will come from a small collection of 30 mounted, identified, & labeled insects.


ATTENDANCE: I expect excellent attendance at both lecture and lab meetings, but in accord with my philosophy of treating college students as adults, I will not take attendance, nor will I reward or punish students in any way for their attendance record.

Behavior: I expect you to be in class to take notes, ask questions, give input when it is pertinent, and to give your attention to what is being presented in the class. Any continued/repetitive form of disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. You need to be respectful of the material presented and of your fellow students who have come to learn the material. As laid out in the Student Handbook under Code of Conduct (items 15 & 17), disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Should disruptive behavior become excessive, you will be asked to leave the classroom, and you must seek permission from me before reentering the class on the next class day. Continued problem behavior will be reported to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, and you may be administratively withdrawn from the class. Do not bring food to either lectures or lab. Drinks will be tolerated if you are careful and clean up any spilled liquid.

BRIEF LECTURE SYLLABUS:
Introduction
Harmful & Beneficial Aspects of Insects
The Phylum Arthropoda
Spiders
Insect Origins & Evolution
Why Have Insects Been so Successful as a Group?
Insect Systems (all but Nervous & Sensory).
EXAM I


Nervous System
Sensory Systems
Insect Locomotion
Behavior
EXAM II


Insect Ecology:
Insect/Plant Interactions
Insect/Animal Interactions
Insects & Disease
Other Ecological Considerations.
Insect Pests & Management
EXAM III (during assigned "final" period)


Lab time will be used for Lecture Exams I & II, for discussions of classification, specimen study, films, collection identification, and 1-2 field trips.