(3 credits/3 class hours)
The majority of described species are insects. They play a major role in human health, agriculture and the world economy. This course will introduce students to basic cell biology, physiology, genetics, evolution and ecology using insect models. Throughout the course we will practice the art of reading popular science articles about insects from a critical, informed perspective. Students will also explore a number of specialty topics, such as the impact of genetic engineering on insect populations.