Introduction to Insect Physiology (ENTM 7016): This is a graduate level course that will provide exposure to the physiological adaptations that facilitate insects to meet their basic needs. Examines each organ system with emphasis on metabolism, neurophysiology, and behavioral processes. The laboratory section will introduce students to some common methods used in physiological research, modern day electrophysiological techniques, and to the critical reading of advanced scientific literature.
Insect Biology (ENTM 4002): Insects display elaborate adaptations in their morphology, ecology, and physiology that have allowed them to flourish and occupy almost every ecological niche. In addition, insects provide excellent model systems for the study of evolution, genetics, behavior, and physiological processes that are oftentimes, identical with vertebrate systems. This course is an upper level undergraduate course designed for individuals that are interested in garnering unique insights into the complex world of insects. Subsequent lectures will focus on biological, biochemical, toxicological and physiological principles as they relate to the unparalleled success of these animals. This course will offer students of Biology and Entomology an abbreviated look at the rich biology of insects and serves as an introduction to insect physiology and toxicology. Therefore, it provides pre-medical or pre-veterinary students with a comparative course for animal physiology/toxicology.
Insect Neuroethology (ENTM 7008; special topics course): This course is under construction. The course will introduce the student to concepts associated with insect neuroethology, especially, but not limited to; behavioral analysis, sensory perception, neural circuits, motor output, sensory feedback, learning and memory, synthetic neuroethology (computational and robotic models), etc.