Insects: The Alien Empire (BIOL-L 110) – Online Course, 3 credits
New Course: To be offered Spring 2014
This course examines relationships between humans and the most successful multi-celled organisms on earth -- the insects. Understanding the philosophy of science and biological concepts using insects as model organisms is emphasized. The negative and positive impact of insects on the human condition is explored in an historical and contemporary context. The course examines how insect transmitted pathogens have influenced human history and how changes in technology have affected our food supply and the direction of research aimed at developing alternative control measures, including genetically modified crops. Other topics include the past and potential use of insects as weapons of war and how insects have influenced human art, religion, and entertainment.
Learning Outcomes - By the end of this course you will: