Course description: The study of the biology of insects. A study of the morphology, physiology, phylogeny, ontogeny, behavior, ecology, and population biology of insects. Emphasis will also be placed on the importance of interactions with humans, from the potent roles of some insects in agriculture to their roles as vectors of disease.
Textbook: The Science of Entomology. William S. Romoser and John G. Stoffolano, Jr. Fourth edition. WBC/McGraw-Hill, Boston, MA 1998.
Rationale: A basic understanding of entomology is useful to students in a variety of biological fields. Insects are important model organisms, have great agricultural importance, have great medical importance, and provide an accessible illustration of the complexities of non-vertebrates. This course seeks to provide students with an understanding of important scientific concepts through a basis of entomology, including an emphasis on topics such as ecology and behavior. This course emphasizes the importance of critical thinking. Students are required to use the scientific method to design, execute, and interpret an experiment. Additionally, this course seeks to provide an appreciation of the importance of the natural world.
1. to develop a strong foundation in entomology, including understanding of: 1) the importance of insects to human society; and 2) concerns related to disease, insecticide use, introduced pests, and ecosystem damage
2. to develop a sufficient background for those students who wish to study more advanced entomological topics
3. to review important areas in biology, such as ecology, behavior, genetics, physiology, phylogeny, ontogeny, and population biology
4. to provide familiarity with basic laboratory and field techniques
5. to provide familiarity with the requirements for scientific writing, as exemplified by a short lab report
6. to provide an understanding of pressing environmental concerns that are relevant to all of us
7. to develop the ability to think scientifically and evaluate information critically
Institutional Goals: This course will address the six institutional goals (found on page 11-12 of the catalogue) as follows.
1. Institutional goal 1 (“To produce students who demonstrate an understanding of the Judeo-Christian heritage and Christian worldview”) will be addressed by objectives 1, 2, and 3. Students will learn aspects of the historical development of entomology, consider current ethical issues, and demonstrate their perspectives through exams and reports.
2. Institutional goal 2 (“To produce students who demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively across the curriculum”) will be addressed by primarily by objective 5, but will also be addressed by exam questions, homework assignments, and class discussions.
3. Institutional goal 3 (“To produce students who demonstrate the ability to reflect critically upon the world, the environment, society, and self”) will be addressed within the context of class discussions, through exam questions, and through lab reports. In particular, objective 7 addresses this goal.
4. Institutional goal 4 (“To produce students who demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of the scientific method to become more effective problem solvers”) will be addressed through problem solving during class, homework, and exams (reflected in objective 7). This goal will also be addressed through the independent research projects that students will complete during lab.
5. Institutional goal 5 (“To produce students who demonstrate an appreciation for a healthy lifestyle that will promote lifelong heath and fitness”) will be addressed through discussion of the biological bases of health and disease (encompassed within objectives 1, 2, and 3).
6. Institutional goal 6 (“To produce students who demonstrate a competence in at least one particular body of knowledge”) will be addressed through strengthening student knowledge of biology, and of important general scientific concepts, through all aspects of the course.
Attendance and completion of all exams is mandatory. Students are accountable for all class assignments, class announcements, handouts, and information provided in lecture. After three lecture or lab absences, a student’s course grade will be reduced by 5% for each additional
absence. If more than six lectures or labs are missed, the student will be asked to drop the course or receive a failing grade. Failure to clean up a work station following lab will result in a loss of 5
points for every student working at that station. Please arrive on time to lab! You will not be allowed to stay late to work because you have arrived late and need extra time.
If you must miss an exam or lab, then you must contact me as quickly as possible. It is always better to contact me before rather than after an absence if you know in advance that you must miss class (if you notify me in advance, it will be easier to receive approval for a makeup). Please provide a substantive excuse (e.g., a doctor’s note). Do not assume that you will be able to make up an exam. Additionally, please do not ask to postpone an exam on the day of the exam. If you have other exams on the same day, bring it to my attention before the exam date. Assignments turned in after the due date will be penalized 5% for each day that they are late. Students are expected and required to uphold the highest standards of academic honesty in this and all courses. Students should be familiar with the College's policies concerning academic integrity Catalog, page 52; Student Handbook, page
32, section VII). Students requiring any clarification of these policies should consult their academic advisor or the Office of Academic Affairs.
Note that the lab schedule is tentative and will be affected by factors such as the weather, insect availability, and insect cooperation. A voluntary Saturday extra credit lab will be offered. The date will be determined by voting during class.
Lecture Exam IV 100 pts Insect of the week 50 pts Research presentation 100 pts
Instructor: Ann V. Paterson