(2.0 credits) Meets for 10 weeks, only, beginning in the sixth week of the semester. Class meets face-to-face in the classroom during Spring Semester. The same class is offered as a distance education course on the World Wide Web in Fall Semester.
Instructor - Spring Semester
Instructor - Fall Semester
This course explores the interactions between humans and insects to appreciate the importance of insects in human well being, and to acknowledge the role of insects in selected historical events and human cultures. The course consists of lectures, required readings and discussion. There is no associated laboratory experience.
There is no required textbook.
Anticipated Schedule and Lecture Content
Week 1: Insect orders, life cycles, mouthparts, reproduction
Week 2: Ecological Services, Insect Products
Week 3: Human Use and Consumption of Insects
Week 4: Insects in Scientific Studies
Week 5: Forensic Entomology, Entomophobia, Arachnophobia, Delusory Parasitosis
Week 6: Insects and History
Week 7: Insect-Vectored Diseases
Week 8: Cultural Entomology
Week 9: Insects as Biological Indicators
Week 10: Pests of Persons and Property
Special needs and accommodations
Please address any special needs or special accommodations with the instructor at the beginning of the semester or as soon as you become aware of your needs. Those seeking accommodations based on disabilities should obtain a Student Academic Accommodation Request (SAAR) form from the Student Disability Resource (SDR) office (phone 515-294-7220). SDR is located on the main floor of the Student Services Building, Room 1076.