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Entomology Minor

Entomology
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 16
This minor provides a strong background in entomological principles and theory suitable for students interested in a variety of professions or advanced degree programs. Examples include programs in entomology, veterinary science, or public health; teaching biology in secondary educational institutions; or enhancing marketable skills for a variety of professional careers, such as forest health specialist, crop consultant, grounds manager, pest management specialist, agronomist, greenhouse or nursery technician, natural resource manager, or water quality specialist. Specific courses are selected based on students' educational objectives, in consultation with a minor advisor.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Minor Courses
This is a required course
ENT 1005 - Insect Biology [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
Electives
Take 12 credits from the following:
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ENT 1905 - Topics: Freshman Seminar (1.0-3.0 cr)
· CFAN 3001 - Pests and Crop Protection (3.0 cr)
· ENT 3281 - Veterinary Entomology (3.0 cr)
· ENT 3925 - Insects, Aquatic Habitats, and Pollution (3.0 cr)
· ENT 4015 - Ornamentals and Turf Entomolgy (3.0 cr)
· ENT 4021 - Honey Bees and Insect Societies (3.0 cr)
· ENT 4022 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
· ENT 4096 - Professional Experience Program: Internship (1.0-3.0 cr)
· ENT 4231 - Insect Behavior (3.0 cr)
· ENT 4251 - Forest and Shade Tree Entomology (3.0 cr)
· ENT 5009 - Pesticides in Horticulture: Their Use and Abuse (3.0 cr)
· ENT 5011 - Insect Structure and Function (4.0 cr)
· ENT 5021 - Insect Biodiversity and Evolution (4.0 cr)
· ENT 5041 - Insect Ecology (3.0 cr)
· ENT 5045 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· ENT 5051 - Scientific Illustration of Insects (3.0 cr)
· ENT 5121 - Applied Experimental Design (4.0 cr)
· ENT 5241 - Ecological Risk Assessment (3.0 cr)
· ENT 5275 - Medical Entomology (3.0 cr)
· ENT 5341 - Biological Control of Insects and Weeds (3.0-4.0 cr)
· ENT 5351 - Insect Pathology (2.0 cr)
· ENT 5361 - Aquatic Insects (4.0 cr)
· ENT 5900 - Basic Entomology (1.0-6.0 cr)
· ENT 5910 - Special Problems in Entomology (1.0-6.0 cr)
· ENT 5920 - Special Lectures in Entomology (1.0-4.0 cr)
· ENT 5025 - Field Methods in Insect Taxonomy (1.0 cr)
 
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ENT 1005 - Insect Biology (BIOL)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01880
Typically offered: Every Fall
Diverse biology of insects and their arthropod relatives. Insect behavior (including social insects), pollination, herbivory, insects as disease vectors, beneficial insects, insect population dynamics/ecology. Insects' role in natural, agricultural, and urban, systems. Lecture/lab.
ENT 1905 - Topics: Freshman Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Topics vary.
CFAN 3001 - Pests and Crop Protection
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to biology/identification of insects, weeds, and diseases that affect agricultural crops. Management of these organisms based on principles of integrated pest management. prereq: Biol 1009 or equiv or instr consent
ENT 3281 - Veterinary Entomology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Biology/management of insects, mites, ticks that affect livestock, poultry, companion animals. Emphasizes problem identification/solving. Lecture, lab.
ENT 3925 - Insects, Aquatic Habitats, and Pollution
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Effects differing classes of pollutants have on insects that are aquatic. Insect life-cycle dynamics, trophic guilds, community structure. Hypotheses to explain community structure in streams, rivers, wetlands, ponds, lakes, reservoirs. Organic pollution, eutrophication, heavy metal pollution, runoff/siltation, acidification, thermal pollution. Changes in aquatic insect community structure. Designing/maintaining biological monitoring networks. prereq: [[3005 or Biol 3407 or FW 2001], [jr or sr]] or instr consent
ENT 4015 - Ornamentals and Turf Entomolgy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Diagnosis and management of insect pests in landscape plants. Emphasis on the principles of biological control, biorational pesticides, and integrated pest management. prereq: 1xxx course in biol or hort or forest resources
ENT 4021 - Honey Bees and Insect Societies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Natural history, identification, and behavior of honey bees and other social insects. Evolution of social behavior, pheromones and communication, organization and division of labor, social parasitism. Lab with honey bee management and maintenance of other social bees for pollination. prereq: Biol 1009 or instr consent
ENT 4096 - Professional Experience Program: Internship
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Professional experience in entomology firms or government agencies through supervised practical experience; evaluative reports and consultations with faculty advisers and employers. prereq: COAFES jr or sr, complete internship contract available in COAFES Career Services before enrolling, UC only, instr consent
ENT 4231 - Insect Behavior
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Diversity of behavior in insects. Modes of perception, ways in which stimuli are translated into behavior. Genetic basis of behavior. Behavioral traits with Mendelian and more complex modes of inheritance. Natural history of insect behavior. Emphasizes how evolution has shaped diversity of behaviors. Movement/dispersal, feeding, defense/escape, mating/reproduction, sociality. Case studies. prereq: Biol 1009 or equiv or instr consent; [3005 or EEB 3111] recommended
ENT 4251 - Forest and Shade Tree Entomology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Biology, ecology, population management of forest/shade tree insects. Emphasizes predisposing factors/integrated management. Lecture/lab.
ENT 5009 - Pesticides in Horticulture: Their Use and Abuse
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01728
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
History of pesticide use. Case studies on specific pesticide issues, such as DDT, atrazine, Temik, and imidacloprid. Pesticides use, application methods, environmental concerns. Training for pesticide certification license for Minnesota. Test given near campus during course. prereq: [[4015 or 4251], PlPA 2001] or instr consent
ENT 5011 - Insect Structure and Function
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Comparative study of insect structures/functions from evolutionary perspective. Introduction to physiology of digestion, respiration, other organ systems. prereq: 3005 or instr consent
ENT 5021 - Insect Biodiversity and Evolution
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Identification of families of adult insects. Evolution/classification of insects. Techniques of collecting/curating insects. Principles of phylogeny reconstruction.
ENT 5041 - Insect Ecology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Synthetic analysis of the causes of insect diversity and of fluctuations in insect abundance. Focus on abiotic, biotic, and evolutionary mechanisms influencing insect populations and communities. prereq: Biol 5041 or EBB 5122 or instr consent
ENT 5051 - Scientific Illustration of Insects
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Traditional/computer-assisted techniques of scientific illustration. Emphasizes insects. Pencil, pen/ink, color (water color, acrylics, colored pencil). Vector/raster illustration using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Digital photography, microscopy, photomontage, traditional/electronic publication.
ENT 5121 - Applied Experimental Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Agro 5121/Ent 5121
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Principles of sampling methodologies, experimental design, and statistical analyses. Methods/procedures in generating scientific hypotheses. Organizing, initiating, conducting, and analyzing scientific experiments using experimental designs and statistical procedures. Offered with AGRO 5121. prereq: Stat 5021 or equiv or instr consent
ENT 5241 - Ecological Risk Assessment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Ent 5241/WRS 5241
Typically offered: Every Spring
Evaluating current/potential impact of physical, chemical, biological agents on ecosystems. Identifying ecological stressors, assessing level of exposure, measuring ecological responses, communicating/managing risks. Class participation, two reaction papers, final exam, small-group project. prereq: instr consent
ENT 5275 - Medical Entomology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Biology of arthropod vectors of human disease. Emphasizes disease transmission and host, vector, and pathogen interactions. prereq: instr consent
ENT 5341 - Biological Control of Insects and Weeds
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Biological control of arthropod pests and weeds. Analysis of relevant ecological theory and case studies; biological control agents. Lab includes natural enemy identification, short experiments, and computer exercises. prereq: 3001, Biol 1009, EEB 3001 or grad
ENT 5351 - Insect Pathology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Major pathogenic microorganisms that cause diseases in insects. Routes of infection of insects. Lab propagation of disease agents. Factors in application of disease to pest insect control. Safety considerations. prereq: 5011
ENT 5361 - Aquatic Insects
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Taxonomy, natural history of aquatic insects including their importance in aquatic ecology, water resource management, recreation, and conservation. Emphasizes family-level identification of immatures/adults. Field trips scheduled to local aquatic habitats. A collection is required. prereq: instr consent
ENT 5900 - Basic Entomology
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
For graduate students who need to make up certain deficiencies in their biological science background. prereq: instr consent
ENT 5910 - Special Problems in Entomology
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual field, lab, or library studies in various aspects of entomology. prereq: instr consent
ENT 5920 - Special Lectures in Entomology
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Lectures or labs in special fields of entomological research. Given by visiting scholar or regular staff member.
ENT 5025 - Field Methods in Insect Taxonomy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Field methods in insect taxonomy. Preservation, mounting, curatorial techniques. Entomological nets/traps for terrestrial/aquatic species, dry/fluid preservation techniques, slide mounting, habitat selection, geo-reference/field data records, morphological preparation. prereq: An undergraduate course in entomology is preferred.