Undergraduate Courses

Below is a list of the undergraduate-level Entomology courses at UW-Madison.  The Course Guide is the official listing of courses for any given term.

Entom/Envir St 201 Insects and Human Culture-a Survey Course in Entomology, 3 cr, Profs. Goodman and Hogg, offered Fall and Spring.
Course Description: Importance of insects in man's environment, emphasizing beneficial insects, disease carriers, and agricultural pests that interfere with man's food supply. Environmental problems due to insect control agents.
Pre-Reqs: Open to Fr

Entom/Nutri Sci/Agron 203, 3 cr, Profs. Paskewitz, Tanumihardjo, and Pixley, offered Fall.
Course Description:
Introduces students to global health concepts through multidisciplinary speakers dedicated to improving health through their unique training. It targets students with an interest in public health and those who wish to learn how their field impacts their global issues.
Pre-Reqs: none

Entom 299 Independent Study, 1-3 cr.
Course Description:
Pre-Reqs: Open to Fr, So or Jr st & prior written cons inst

Entom/Zoo 302 Introduction to Entomology, 4 cr, Prof. Young, offered Fall and Spring.
Course Description: Principles including morphology and classification; a general collection of insects required of each student.
Pre-Reqs: An elem course in zoology

Entom 321 Physiology of Insects, 3 cr, Prof. Lan, offered even Fall.
Course Description: Anatomy, histology and basic physiology of organ systems in insects.
Pre-Reqs: Entom 302 or cons inst

Entom 331 Taxonomy of Mature Insects, 4 cr, Prof. Young, offered odd Fall.
Course Description: Principles of taxonomy, identification and taxonomic morphology of adult insects.
Pre-Reqs: Entomol/Zool 302

Entom 342 Insect Ecology, 3 cr, Prof. Lindroth, offered irregularly.
Course Description: Ecology of insects as individuals, populations, and components of communities and ecosystems. Emphasis on interactions of insects with their biotic and abiotic environment.
Pre-Reqs: Entom/Zool 302 or course in zool; Math 112 or equiv

Entom 351 Principles of Economic Entomology, 3 cr, Prof. Cullen, offered Spring.
Course Description: Major economic insects: identification, life histories, bionomics, distribution, control; procedures in fundamental and practical inquiry.
Pre-Reqs: Intro course in zoology

Entom/Zoo 371 Medical Entomology, 3 cr, Prof Paskweitz, offered odd Spring.
Course Description: Arthropods of medical and veterinary importance, how they affect their hosts and transmit diseases.
Pre-Reqs: Intro course in zool or vet sci

Entom 375 Special Topics, 1-4 cr.
Course description: Subjects of current interest to undergrads. See the Course Guide for current topics.
Pre-Reqs: Cons inst

Entom 399 Coordinative Internship/Cooperative Education, 1-8 cr.
Course description: none
Pre-Reqs: So, Jr or Sr st & cons supervising inst, advisor, and internship program coordinator

Entom 432 Taxonomy and Bionomics of Immature Insects, 4 cr, Prof. Young, offered odd Spring.
Course Description: Lectures on anatomy/morphology, taxonomy, bionomics of immature insects (ordinal and familial levels). Ametabola, Paleoptera, Plecoptera, Trichoptera not covered in lecture (will be examined in lab). Labs emphasize utilizing taxonomix keys for identification (order and family). Required field trips and collection.
Pre-Reqs: Entom 302 or equiv, or cons inst

Entom 468 Studies in Field Entomology, 3 cr, Prof. Young, offered even Summer.
Course Description: Period of intensive field work (2 weeks) outside Madison area. Concentration on structural, behavioral adaptations of insects to diverse habitats; dynamic relations between insects and plants, other animals and other insects. Student field project, literature review presentation required.
Pre-Reqs: Entom 302, Jr st, and cons inst. (Recom ecology course & Entom 331 or 432)

Entom/Botany/Zoo 473 Plant-Insect Interactions, 3 cr, Prof. Raffa, offered even Spring
Course Description: Multiple ways in which arthropods exploit plants, plant traits that deter or augment insects, environmental mediation of these interactions, effects on population dynamics, community ecology and co-evolution, and implications to natural resource management, environmental quality, and sustainable development.
Pre-Reqs: One of the following: Bot/For/Zoo 460, Ent/Pl Path/For 500, Pl Path/Bot 505, Forestry 550, or Entom 342

Entom/F&W Ecol 500 Insects in Forest Ecosystem Function and Management, 2 cr, Prof. Raffa, offered odd Fall.
Course Description: Roles of insects in the functioning of healthy forest ecosystems, tactics for addressing challenges they pose to sustainable natural resource management, and emerging issues such as biological invasions, habitat alteration, and climate change that influence interactions among insects, their microbial associates, forests, and humans.
Pre-Reqs: Botany 151 & 152 or equiv

Entom/Pl Path/Botany 505 Plant-Microbe Interactions: Molecular and Ecological Aspects, 3 cr, Profs. Allen, Bent, Kabbage, and Rakotondrafara, offered Spring.
Course Description: Molecular and ecological aspects of the interactions between plants and microorganisms. This course explores many of the themes, from genetic to integrative, of modern biology, and illustrates how study of plant-microbe interactions contributes to understanding of fundamental plant science.
Pre-Reqs: An upper level crse in microbiol (e.g. Bact 303); biochem (e.g. Biochem 501); & genetics (e.g. Genetics 466) or cons inst

Entom/Zoo 540 Theoretical Ecology, 3 cr, Prof. Ives, offered irregularly.
Course Description: Introduction to theoretical ecology, including hands-on experience in computer modeling. For students with ecology background; does not require a strong math background. 3-credit option requires project and consent of instructor.
Pre-Reqs: 1 year calculus, Zoo/Bot 260, Zoo/Bot/For 460 or equiv, & Jr st

Entom 541 Biological Control of Insects, 3 cr, Prof. Gratton, offered irregularly.
Course Description: Fundamentals of biological control with particular reference to the utilization of biotic agents.
Pre-Reqs: Entom or Zool 302 or cons inst

Entom 601 Seminar in Methods of Scientific Oral Presentations, 1 cr, Raffa, offered even Spring.
Course Description: Training for the presentation of short talks.
Pre-Reqs: Sr st

Entom/Pl Path/Soil Sci/ME Tox/Vet Sci/F&W Ecol 606 Colloquium in Environmental Toxicology, 1 cr, instructors vary, offered Fall and Spring.
Course Description: Lectures by resident and visiting professors on toxicology and problems related to biologically active substances in the environment.

Entom/Agronomy/F&W Ecol/ME Tox 632 Ecotoxicology: The Chemical Players, 1 cr, Prof. Lan, offered odd Fall.
Course Description: Introduction to natural and man-made toxins/toxicants, their distribution, transport, and fate in the environment. Includes lectures, current research presentations, and discussions.
Pre-Reqs: 2 sem intro biol & 1 sem organic chem, or cons inst

Entom/Agronomy/F&W Ecol/ME Tox 633 Ecotoxicology: Impacts on Individuals, 1 cr, Prof. Karasov, offered odd Fall.
Course Description: Addresses absorption, biotransformation, elimination of toxins in a wide variety of taxa (plants, invertebrates, vertebrates), and includes lectures, current research presentations, and discussions.
Pre-Reqs: M&EnvTox 632, or 2 sem intro biol & M&Envtox 631, or cons inst

Entom/Agronomy/F&W Ecol/ME Tox 634 Ecotoxicology: Impacts on Populations, Communities and Ecosystems, 1 cr, Prof. Lindroth, offered odd Fall.
Course Description: Focuses on the impact of toxicants on populations, communities, ecosystems, and includes risk evaluation. Includes lectures, current research presentations, and discussions.
Pre-Reqs: M&EnvTox 633, or M&EnvTox 625, 626 & 631, or cons inst

Entom 699 Special Problems, 1-4 cr.
Course Description:
Pre-Reqs: Cons inst & Sr st

Entom 701 Advanced Taxonomy, 3 cr, Prof. Young, offered occasionally.
Course Description: See the Course Guide for current topic.
Pre-Reqs: Entom 331 and cons inst

Last updated: August 13, 2013


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