Evan A. Sugden
Biology of terrestrial arthropods, with emphasis on insects. Structure, classification, physiology, and ecology of insects. Interrelationships of insects and man. Prerequisite: either BIOL 102, BIOL 180, or both BIOL 202 and BIOL 203. Offered: Sp.
In this course we will explore the biology of insects and their kin.
Insects are vital to the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems and have determined the course of human history. Insects have been around for over 350 million years and will be here long after humans have vanished. If you want to find out why, this course is for you. Learn how to explain your own experiences with insects and be prepared to change your opinions onů
the little things that run the world!
Lectures supplemented with slides, 1 or more guest lectures, one class-time field outing.
Pre-read or at least scan the text. Previous experience in natural sciences helpful. Students are expected to have had a course in basic biology and to understand well the concepts of natural selection and Darwinian evolution, of which insects are arguably the most astounding paradigm.
Class Assignments and Grading
Regular readings. Term paper. Two take-home mid-terms (problem sets, notes, text & sharing OK.) Extra credit options.
Mid-term take-home exams (2 @ 15%), Final Exam (30%), Term Paper (40%), Extra Credit (optional, up to 20%)