400-Level Courses

These upper level courses often have prerequisites, and are available to graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

ENT 402 BIOLOGY OF ANIMAL PARASITES (3) An introduction to animal parasitology. Emphasizes principles, economic importance, host/parasite interactions, epizootiology, zoonoses, control and taxonomy. Prerequisites: BIOL 101 GN, 102 GN. (ENT/V SC) 
ENT 410 INSECT STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION (3) Integrated physiology and anatomy of insects; emphasis on unique adaptations, genetic regulation of development, insects as model systems, environmental physiology.

ENT 424 SENSORY BIOLOGY of INSECTS (3) The goal of this course is to give students an understanding of insect sensory systems that contribute to the behaviors that we see insects performing for their survival and reproduction. Students will gain knowledge about the sensory mechanisms underlying mate-finding and courtship, host-finding and oviposition, and feeding/recruitment. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the neuroethology of insect orientation, communication, learning, and in particular cases, the evolutionary pressures that may have shaped these behaviors and their underlying sensory systems. Selected systems will be studied with regard to what is known about signal acquisition, signal processing, and signal classification for chemical, visual, mechanoreceptive/auditory, and thermosensory stimuli. This is a 3-credit course taught by Prof. Tom Baker.

ENT 432 INSECT BIODIVERSITY AND EVOLUTION - Fall (4) This course is designed to teach graduate students about insect taxonomy, evolutionary relationships, collection and preservation techniques, morphology, and natural history. We’ll focus mostly on adult forms and emphasize insects found in Pennsylvania. In the lab, students will learn how to handle specimens, how use diagnostic keys, and how identify insects by sight. Collection techniques will be honed during multiple field trips.
(3) Ecological basis for pest management; principles underlying selected management tactics including application and efficacy; development of pest management systems. Prerequisite: 6 credits of life sciences 

ENT 497 – PLANT-INSECT INTERACTIONS (3) Fall 2019 offered by Tanya Renner