ENY 2040 – The Insects


General Education Credit: Biological Sciences
College Credit: 3

Course Instructor: Jennifer Weeks
Jennifer Weeks, Ph.D.
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About The Course

Offered only during the Fall semesters.

The Insects is an introduction to insect biology, insect-other organism interactions, and insect associations with people. The course features discussion of basic biological principles and concepts using insects as examples. The Insects features a combination of online lectures, videos, hands-on activities, readings, and discussions of these topics.

Course Goals

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics and key biological features of the major arthropod classes.
  • Name the orders to which common insects belong.
  • Associate key life history characteristics and metamorphosis type with the major orders of insects.
  • Describe structural and chemical adaptations insects use to carry out their various vital functions.
  • List the roles insects play in different ecological communities.
  • Describe the scope of global insect diversity.
  • Explain the beneficial and destructive impacts of insects on man.
  • Discuss the importance of insects in science, technology, the media, and popular culture.

Satisfied High School Graduation Requirement Subject: Elective
High School Credit: 0.5