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Evan A. Sugden
ZOOL 444
Seattle Campus


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.

Class Description

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.

Recommended preparation

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%)

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Evan A. Sugden
Date: 06/20/2002