John E Banks
Explores structure, function, ecology, and evolution of terrestrial arthropods, focusing primarily on insects. Integrates concepts from environmental science, ecology, and evolution in order to gain an understanding of insect biology. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 1.5 in TESC 140.
Students will come away from this course with a better understanding of insects and the role they play in the environment. Furthermore, they will gain a deep appreciation for a suite of complex applied issues pertaining to insects, including many aspects of their human-insect interactions.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures, readings, and lab sessions emphasizing different insect orders.
A few quarters of basic biology is recommended -- this background will ensure that students get the most out of the course.
Class assignments and grading
We will be doing readings from the scientific literature, writing up weekly laboratory reports, and researching and writing term papers.
Written weekly lab reports, term papers, and in-class exams covering material from lecture and lab sessions.