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Entomology (ENTO)

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Robert N. Wiedenmann
Head of the Department
319 Agriculture Building
479-575-2451
entomology.uark.edu

  • University Professors Meisch, Stephen
  • Professors Johnson (D.T.), Kring, Lorenz, Luttrell, McLeod, Steelman, Steinkraus, Teague, Wiedenmann
  • Adjunct Professors Billings, Leonard, Reese, Thompson, Williamson 
  • Associate Professor Goggin, Szalanski
  • Assistant Professors Akin, Bernhardt, Dowling, Hopkins, Loftin, Studebaker
  • Curator Barnes

Entomology is the branch of science concerned with the study of insects and related organisms. It involves studies of their biology, structure, identification, economic significance, and population management. The major emphasis of the curriculum is understanding insect biology and applying that knowledge in an integrated approach to insect-pest management.

Entomology is a graduate degree at the University of Arkansas. Undergraduate students interested in entomology can pursue a minor in entomology or pest management. See the requirements for a minor in Pest Management (PMGT) for more information.

Minor in Entomology (ENTO-M)

The Entomology minor will consist of a minimum of 15 semester hours to include the following:
____ ENTO 3013 Introduction to Entomology
____ ENTO 4024 Insect Diversity and Taxonomy
         Choose 3 courses from:
____ ENTO 4013 Insect Behavior and Chemical Ecology with lab component
____ ENTO 4043 Apiculture with lab component
____ ENTO 4053 Insect Ecology with lab component
____ ENTO 4133 Advanced Applied Entomology with lab component
____ ENTO 400V Special Problems

Courses

(ENTO) Entomology

ENTO1023 Insects and People (Sp) Appreciation of the insects and their roles in nature and in civilization for students not required to take ENTO 3013. Biological, historical, social economic, cultural, and medical aspects of insects are discussed. Emphasizes appreciation of entomology and employs many visual aids. Lecture 3 hours per week.

ENTO1031L Field and Laboratory Studies in Entomology (Sp) A systematic survey and identification of insects and other arthropods occurring in woodland, aquatic and agricultural environments with emphasis on identification and observation of insects in their natural settings. Laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: ENTO 1023.

ENTO3013 Introduction to Entomology (Fa) Fundamentals of structure, function, biology and identification of insects; typical procedures in control of representative species. Insect collection required. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours a week. Suggested prerequisites: BIOL 1543 and BIOL 1541L. Corequisite: Lab component.

ENTO400V Special Problems (Sp, Su, Fa) (1-4)

ENTO4013 Insect Behavior and Chemical Ecology (Even years, Sp) Basic concepts in insect senses and patterns of behavioral responses to various environmental stimuli. Previous knowledge of basic entomology is helpful, but not required. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory/discussion 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component

ENTO4024 Insect Diversity and Taxonomy (Even years, Fa) Principles and practices of insect classification and identification with emphasis on adult insects. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: ENTO 3013.

ENTO4043 Apiculture (Odd years, Sp) Review of social behavior of insects and its exemplification in Honeybees. Previous knowledge of basic entomology is helpful but not required. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component.

ENTO4053 Insect Ecology (Even years, Fa) To develop understanding of important ecological concepts through study of dynamic relationships among insects and their environment. To become familiar with the literature of insect ecology, and interpretation and critique of ecological research. Previous knowledge of basic entomology and/or ecology will be assumed. Corequisite: Lab component.

ENTO410V Special Topics (Irregular) (1-3) Special Topics course available to both undergraduate and graduate students, to address emerging issues and timely topics. This would supplement our graduate-only special topics course. May be repeated for credit.

ENTO4123 Insect Pest Management (Odd years, Sp) Study of principles and concept of insect pest management. Areas covered include survey of arthropod pests and damage, population dynamics, damage thresholds, physcological units, prediction models, surveillance, arthropod sampling, strategies and tactics utilized to maintain pest populations below economic injury levels. Prerequisite: ENTO 3013.

ENTO4133 Advanced Applied Entomology (Even years, Sp) Biology and ecology of major arthropod pests as model applied management systems. Activities include independent study, literature review and group discussions. Knowledge of general entomology and pest management is required. Self-learning modules are available. Lecture 2 hours/week and direct self study laboratory 2 hours/week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: ENTO 3013.

ENTO462V Internship (Irregular) (3-6) Supervised practical work experience in pest management to develop and demonstrate professional competence. A maximum of 6 hours credit per semester or summer session is permitted. Faculty approval of projects proposal prior to enrollment, and written or oral reports are required.

ENTO500V Special Problems (Sp, Su, Fa) (1-4) Prerequisite: graduate standing. May be repeated for up to 4 hours of degree credit.

ENTO5013 Morphology of Insects (Odd years, Fa) Origin, evolution, and functional significance of external insect structure. Structure and function of major internal systems. Previous knowledge of basic entomology is helpful, but not required. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component.

ENTO511V Special Topics (Irregular) (1-4) Topics not covered in other courses or a more intensive study of specific topics in entomology. Prerequisite: graduate standing. May be repeated for credit.

ENTO5123 Biological Control (Even years, Fa) Theoretical and practical basis for biological control of arthropod pests and weeds via parasites, predators, and pathogens. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component.

ENTO5133 Applied Molecular Genetics (Even years, Sp) A hands on course in applied molecular genetic techniques used in agricultural research including molecular diagnostics and population genetics. Students will learn how to apply advanced molecular genetic methodologies and Internet database resources to the organism that they are using for their graduate research. Prerequisite: ANSC 3123.

ENTO600V Master's Thesis (Sp, Su, Fa) (1-6) Prerequisite: graduate standing.

ENTO6071 Seminar (Sp, Fa) Fall: special topics not covered in regular course work. Spring: critical review of research papers in entomology. Seminar will be taken by graduate student majors for both semesters. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

ENTO6113 Insect Physiology (Even years, Sp) General and comparative physiology of insects. Previous knowledge of basic entomology is helpful, but not required. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component.

ENTO6213 Insect Toxicology (Odd years, Fa) Toxicology of chemicals to insects and humans including techniques of testing collecting data, and factors that influence reactions to different classes of insecticides. Previous knowledge of organic physiological chemistry is helpful, but not required. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component.

ENTO700V Doctoral Dissertation (Sp, Su, Fa) (1-18) Prerequisite: graduate standing.