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.

Tobacco Horn Worm, students in Entomology 201 get to raise their own!
Students in Entom 201 get to raise their own tobacco hornworm

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.
Enrollment note: if Entom 201 is full please enroll on the wait list for permission, preference will be given to freshmen, sophomores, and new students from the wait list.  If the wait list has not been activated yet, it will be once freshman enrollment begins.
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 351 Principles of Economic Entomology, 3 cr, Prof. Guedot, 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/Pl Path/Hort/Soils 354 Diagnosing and Monitoring Pest and Nutrient Status of Field Crops, 1 cr, Instructors Jensen, Hudelson, Sturgl, offered Spring.
Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with information necessary to diagnosis and monitor corn, soybean, alfalfa and wheat for pests (insects, weeds, diseases) and nutrient deficiency symptoms including perspectives from Agronomy, Entomology, Horticulture, Plant Pathology and Soil Science. Proper soil and pest sampling information will be provided as will proper crop staging techniques which are essential for pest and nutrient management.
Pre-Reqs: None

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 450 Basic and Applied Insect Ecology, 3 cr, Prof. Gratton, offered odd Fall.
Course Description: Basic and Applied Insect Ecology is advanced course in population and community ecology, plant-insect interactions, insect biodiversity and biogeography, and applied ecology. The course will weave basic ecological theory and principles with their application to entomological problems such as conservation, biological control, agriculture, and insect-vectored diseases of plants and humans. We will use the current entomological and ecological scientific literature and draw on examples from a broad range of natural and managed ecosystems. As the semester progresses, the scope of the lectures and literature will broaden from pairwise species interactions (e.g., a predator and its prey) to the entire community of organisms and their physical environment. Lectures are designed to emphasize the theoretical principles and historical background underlying the various topics with a link to potential applications in agriculture, conservation, pest management, and/or invasion biology.
Pre-Reqs: Biology 151 & 152 or consent of instructor

Entom 451 Basic and Applied Insect Ecology Laboratory, 1 cr, Professor Gratton, offered odd Fall.
Course Description: Basic and Applied Insect Ecology Laboratory/Discussion is the companion course for the lecture-based Basic and Applied Insect Ecology (Entomology 450). This course will include hands-on experiences such as labs, field trips, computer exercises, and discussions based on readings in the primary literature to enhance and delve into more details on materials introduced in the course lectures.
Pre-Reqs: Concurrent or previous enrollment in Entomology 450, consent of instructor for undergraduates

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/Genetics 472 Molecular Evolution, 3 cr, Prof. Schoville, offered odd Spring.
Course Description: Basic principles of molecular evolution. Lecture topics include population genetics, molecular phylogenetics, rates and patterns of evolution, genome evolution, and molecular ecology. While emphasis will be on insect model systems, examples from other groups of organisms also will be presented.
Pre-Reqs: Genetics 466 or Biocore sequence, or cons inst

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 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: Current topics in molecular and environmental toxicology and problems related to biologically active substances in the environment. Topics vary each semester. Lectures are by resident and visiting professors and other researchers.
Pre-Reqs: Biology/Zoology 101, Biology/Botany 130, or equivalent

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. Lan, 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, 2014

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