"The affinities of all the beings of the same class have sometimes been represented by a great tree...As buds give rise by growth to fresh buds, and these, if vigorous, branch out and overtop on all sides many a feebler branch, so by generation I believe it has been with the great Tree of Life, which fills with its dead and broken branches the crust of the earth, and covers the surface with its ever branching and beautiful ramifications."

Charles Darwin, Origin 1859

A comprehensive introduction to the biology and classification of insects.  Topics include insect structure, function, development, behavior, principles of control, identification, systematics and evolution.  Laboratories include field trips to local sites to observe and collect insects, and to view ongoing basic and applied research projects by local entomologists.  Students will gain experience in rearing and handling insects.  Students are required to assemble a collection of local insects.