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John E Banks
TESC 440
Tacoma Campus

Environmental Entomology

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


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.
Last Update by John E Banks
Date: 11/23/2003