The Art and Science of Entomology

Summer 2014 quarter (Session II)

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From parasites to pollinators, insects have shaped human society from the beginning. The Art & Science of Entomology explores our intimate relationships with the bugs that we rely on and the bugs that we fear, the central role that insects play in our biosphere, and the unique adaptations that have led to their unparalleled diversity. This class introduces students to insect diversity and ecology, field techniques, and specimen preservation. Each full-day session includes outdoor field work. We learn to draw insects, emphasizing the importance of careful observation of morphology and behavior as learning tools. We also discuss the influence of insects on pop culture and modern society. Graphic arts, such as graphic story telling (e.g. comics), design of insect costumes, and other visual learning tools are integrated into student projects.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Weekend

Advertised schedule: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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Online Learning

No Required Online Learning: No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional for students.

Registration Information

Credits: 4 (Summer)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 20


Course Reference Number

Second Session (4 credits): 40165

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