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Entomology Courses Offered by Iowa State University

Key: * Courses primarily for undergraduate students
* Courses primarily for graduate students (open to qualified undergraduates)
* Courses for graduate students

* Ent 110.
Technical Lecture
(1-0) Cr. R. F. Russ Jurenka. Orientation to areas of and opportunities in entomology.
* Ent 201.
Introduction to Insects
(1-0) Cr. 1. F, S, SS. 6 weeks. Classroom section spring only. Harris. World Wide Web section of course offered summer and fall. Shour. Biological and ecological aspects of insects.
* Ent 211.
Insects and Society
(3-0) Cr. 2. F, S. 11 weeks. Classroom section spring only. Holscher. World Wide Web section offered fall semester only. Shour. Prereq: 201. The importance of insects in human well-being. Insect-human interactions. Primarily for nonscience and nonagriculture majors.
* Ent 283.
Pesticide Applicator Certification
(Same as Agron 283, For 283, Hort 283, Pl HP 283, P M 283.) (2-0) Cr. 2. S. Holscher. Core background and specialty topics in agricultural and horticultural pesticide applicator certification. Students can select certification categories and have the opportunity to obtain pesticide applicator certification at the completion of the course. Commercial pesticide applicator certification is emphasized.
* Ent 311.
Bugs in the Classroom
Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Sophomore classification. Introduction to insect biology for elementary and secondary education majors. Emphasis on insect ecology, classroom rearing, and web-based resources.
* Ent 360.
Insect Behavior
(Dual-listed with 560.) (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Biol 202. The mechanisms underlying the behavior of insects; emphasis on neuroethological and evolutionary bases of insect orientation, reproduction, feeding, oviposition, defense, learning, and sociality.
* Ent 370.
Insect Biology
(2-3) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Biol 109 or 201. Russ Jurenka. Structure, physiology, evolution, behavior, life histories, and recognition of insects. Collection required. Voluntary field trips. Nonmajor graduate credit.
* Ent 372.
Livestock Entomology
(2-0). Cr. 2. Alt. S., offered 2009. Classroom and Off-Campus Videotape sections. 12 weeks. Holscher. Recognition, biology, behavior, economic importance, and management of insects and other arthropods affecting livestock and poultry production. Nonmajor graduate credit.
* Ent 371I.
Introduction to Insect Ecology
(Same as Ia LL 371I.) See Iowa Lakeside Laboratory.
* Ent 374.
Insects and Our Health
(Same as Micro 374.) (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 3 credits in biological sciences. Bartholomay. Identification, biology, and significance of insects and arthropods that attack people and animals, particularly those that are vectors of disease. Nonmajor graduate credit.
* Ent 375.
Plant Protection
Using Natural Enemies
(Dual-listed with 575.) (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F. Offered 2008. Prereq: 370 or 376 or permission of instructors. Bonning, Harris. Overview of the biology, ecology, and classification of insect pathogens, predators, and parasitoids. Discussion of the use of these organisms in plant protection, including an emphasis on genetic alteration of natural enemies.
* Ent 376.
Fundamentals of Entomology
and Pest Management
(Same as P M 376 and Pl HP 376.) (2-3) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: Biol 109 or 201. Matt O'Neal. Introduction to entomology and insect-pest management, including life processes, ecology, economics, tactics of population suppression, and ecological backlash. Nonmajor graduate credit.
* Ent 386.
Management of Insect Pests
(2-0) Cr. 2. Alt. S. Prereq: Biol 101 or 201. Tollefson. Introduction to insects and their lifestyles. Theory and application of pest-management practices. Examples drawn primarily from field crops. Nonmajor graduate credit. Credit for either 376 or 386, but not both, may be applied for graduation.
* Ent 425.
Aquatic Insects
(Dual-listed with 525; same as A Ecl 425.) (2-3) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2001. Prereq: Biol 312 or equivalent. Courtney. Morphology, ecology, diversity, and significance of aquatic insects, with emphasis on the collection, curation and identification of taxa in local streams and lakes.
* Ent 452.
Integrated Management of
Diseases and Insect Pests
of Turfgrasses
(Dual-listed with 552; same as Pl P 452, Hort 452.) (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S. Prereq: Hort 351. Gleason, Lewis. Identification and biology of important diseases and insect pests of turfgrasses. Development of integrated pest management programs in various turfgrass environments.
* Ent 471.
Insect Ecology
Dual-listed with 571. (2-3) Cr. 3. Alt. F. Offered 2008. Prereq: 9 credits biological sciences. O'Neal. The contribution of insects to ecosystem function is staggering. This course will focus on insect population ecology, predator-prey interaction and chemical ecology. The role of insects in nutrient cycling, pollination and pest management will be discussed with case studies used to highlight the applied nature of insect ecology and its relationship to agriculture.
* Ent 478.
Global Protozoology -
Molecular Biology
of Protozoa
(Dual-listed with 578; same as Vpth 478/578.) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered even years. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Beetham. Analysis of cellular systems, molecules, and organelles of pathogenic protozoan parasites. Emphasis is placed on processes and systems that are unique to protozoa, are important to understanding vector-parasite-host biology/ecology, or are targets of disease prevention/treatment programs for international disease control.
* Ent 490.
Independent Study
Cr. 1 to 3 each time taken. Prereq: 15 credits in biological sciences, junior or senior classification, permission of instructor. A maximum of 6 credits of 490 may be used toward the total of 128 credits required for graduation.
E. Research or work experience.
U. Laboratory teaching experience. For students registering to be undergraduate laboratory assistants.
* Ent 493.
Workshop on Insect Management
Cr. 1. SS. Prereq: Ent 370, 372, 376, or 386. Tollefson, Holscher. Insect recognition and sampling will be practiced in agricultural systems. The applications of current pest management practices will be demonstrated in both crop and livestock systems. Nonmajor graduate credit.
* Ent 511.
Integrated Management of Tropical Crops
Cross-listed with Pl P, Hort). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2009. Prereq : Pl P 408 or 416 or Ent 370 or 376 or Hort 221. Gleason, Lewis, Nonnecke. Applications of Integrated Crop Management principles (including plant pathology, entomology, and horticulture) to tropical cropping systems. Familiarization with a variety of tropical agroecosystems and Costa Rican culture is followed by 10-day tour of Costa Rican agriculture during spring break, then writeup of individual projects. Tour expenses paid by students. an emphasis on genetic alteration of natural enemies.
* Ent 525.
Aquatic Insects
(Dual-listed with 425; same as A Ecl 525.) (2-3) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2001. Prereq: Biol 312 or equivalent. Courtney. Morphology, ecology, diversity and significance of aquatic insects, with emphasis on the collection, curation and identification of taxa in local streams and lakes.
* Ent 530.
Ecologically Based Pest Management Strategies
(Same as SusAg 530.) See Sustainable Agriculture.
* Ent 550.
Pesticides in the Environment
(Same as Tox 550.) (2-0) Cr. 2. S. Prereq: Graduate classification or permission of instructor. Coats. Fate and significance of pesticides in soil, water, plants, animals, and the atmosphere.
* Ent 552.
Integrated Management of
Diseases and Insect Pests
of Turfgrasses
(Dual-listed with 452; same as Pl P 552, Hort 552.) (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S. Prereq: Hort 351. Gleason, Lewis. Identification and biology of important diseases and insect pests of turfgrasses. Development of integrated pest management programs in various turfgrass environments.
* Ent 555.
Insect Physiology
(3-3) Cr. 4. S. Prereq: 370. Jurenka. Life processes of the insects, including reviews of current problems in insect physiology.
* Ent 560.
Insect Behavior
(Dual-listed with 360.) (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Biol 202. The mechanisms underlying the behavior of insects; emphasis on neuroethological and evolutionary bases of insect orientation, reproduction, feeding, oviposition, defense, learning, and sociality.
* Ent 568.
Advanced Systematics
(2-3) Cr. 3. Alt. S. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Courtney. Principles and practice of systematic biology; taxonomy, nomenclature and classification of plants and animals; sources and interpretation of systematic data; speciation; fundamentals of phylogenetic systematics.
* Ent 570.
Host Plant Resistance to Insects
(2-0) Cr. 2. Alt. S. Prereq: 370 or 376. Tollefson. Principles of insect and host interactions and mechanisms of insect control by host plant resistance.
* Ent 571.
Insect Ecology
Dual-listed with 471. (2-3) Cr. 3. Alt. F. Offered 2008. Prereq: 9 credits biological sciences. O'Neal. The contribution of insects to ecosystem function is staggering. This course will focus on insect population ecology, predator-prey interaction and chemical ecology. The role of insects in nutrient cycling, pollination and pest management will be discussed with case studies used to highlight the applied nature of insect ecology and its relationship to agriculture.
* Ent 573.
Advanced Insect Pest Management
(3-3) Cr. 4. Alt. F. Prereq: 370. Tollefson. Contemporary concepts of insect biology and applications of insect population management.
* Ent 574.
Medical Entomology
(3-3) Cr. 4. Alt. S. Prereq: 9 credits in biological sciences. Bartholomay. Identification, biology, and significance of insects and other arthropods that attack people and animals, particularly those that are vectors of disease.
* Ent 575.
Plant Protection
Using Natural Enemies
(Dual-listed with 375.) (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S. Prereq: 370 or 376 or permission of instructors. Bonning. Overview of the biology, ecology, and classification of insect pathogens, predators, and parasitoids. Discussion of the use of these organisms in plant protection, including an emphasis on genetic alteration of natural enemies.
* Ent 576.
Systematic Entomology
(3-6) Cr. 5. F. Prereq: 370. Courtney. Classification, distribution, and natural history of insects, including fundamentals of phylogenetic systematics, biogeography, taxonomic procedures, and insect collection and curation.
* Ent 578.
Global Protozoology -
Molecular Biology
of Protozoa
(Dual-listed with 478; same as Vpth 478/578.) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered even years. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Beetham. Analysis of cellular systems, molecules, and organelles of pathogenic protozoan parasites. Emphasis is placed on processes and systems that are unique to protozoa, are important to understanding vector-parasite-host biology/ecology, or are targets of disease prevention/treatment programs for international disease control.
* Ent 590.
Special Topics
Cr. 1 to 3 each time taken. Prereq: 15 credits in zoological sciences, permission of instructor.
A. Biological Control and Pathology.
B. Chemical Ecology and Behavior.
C. Ecology and Pest Management.
D. Evolution and Systematics.
E. Special Research Topics.
F. Medical and Veterinary Entomology.
G. Molecular Entomology.
H. Morphology and Physiology.
I. Toxicology and Biochemistry.
K. Teaching Experience.
L. Extension Internship.
M. Immature Insects.
* Ent 600.
Seminar
Cr. 1. F.S. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Presentation of research results.
* Ent 675.
Insecticide Toxicology
(Same as Tox 675.) (2-3) Cr. 3. Alt. F. Prereq: 555 or Tox 501 or permission of instructor. Coats. Principles of insecticide toxicology; classification, mode of action, metabolism, and environmental effects of insecticides.
* Ent 699.
Research
Cr. var.

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