Entomology (ENT)

ENT 204 (s) Special Topics

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ENT 299 (s) Directed Study

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ENT 322 General and Applied Entomology

4 credits
Identification, biology, and importance of insects and related arthropods to humans and agriculture; basic principles of arthropod pest management. Three lectures and one 3-hour lab per week.

ENT 398 (s) Internship

1-6 credits, max 6
Graded P/F.
Prereq: ENT 322 or Permission

ENT 400 (s) Seminar

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ENT 404 (s) Special Topics

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ENT 411 Veterinary & Medical Entomology

3 credits
Joint-listed with ENT 511
This course will explore why insects are such efficient disease vectors, how blood feeding evolved, the impact of insects and related arthropods and vector-borne diseases on humans and animals worldwide, and what is being done to combat the resurgence of many of these diseases. Offered in spring semester in odd years.
Prereq: BIOL 115 and EPPN 154 OR BIOL 250

ENT 438 Pesticides in the Environment

3 credits
Gen Ed: Senior Experience
Cross-listed with PLSC 438 and SOIL 438
Principles of pesticide fate in soil, water, and air; pesticide metabolism in plants, pesticide toxicology, and pesticide mode-mechanism of action; pest resistance to pesticides; biotechnology in pest control; regulations and liability; equipment application technology; pesticide transport, storage, and disposal; and social and ethical considerations. Recommended Preparation: CHEM 275.

ENT 440 Insect Identification

4 credits
Joint-listed with ENT 540
Survey of approximately 200 major families; collecting and preservation techniques. For graduate credit, an additional 50 families and selected subfamilies and genera will be covered and a term paper is required. Two lectures and two 2-hour labs per week; two 1-day field trips. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Alt/years)
Prereq: ENT 322 or Permission

ENT 441 Insect Ecology

3 credits
Joint-listed with ENT 541
Population and community dynamics set in a systems framework; theory and applications in natural and altered systems. Requirements for graduate credit include a longer (10 vs. 5 pages), more synthetic term paper, and each 500-level student will lead a web-based or in-class discussion on a research paper of their choice. Two 1-day field trips. Recommended Preparation: General ecology. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.
Prereq: ENT 322 or Permission

ENT 447 Biological Control in Plant Pest Management Systems

3 credits
Joint-listed with ENT 547
This course teaches content within the fields of agro-ecology, natural resource conservation and especially integrated pest management. Biological control and classical biological control of exotic invasive plants, arthropod crop and forest pests, and crop diseases are a major subdiscipline of integrated pest management. Biological control can reduce and sometimes eliminate the need for pesticides to manage pests and/or invasive species. The course will introduce students to i) the underlying principles of biological control, predator prey interactions and invasion ecology; Students will learn about ii) the history of the discipline including many environmentally disastrous examples of ‘biological control’ from the 18th and 19th century prior to the use of environmental assessments, iii) about methods to develop and assess biological control organisms across taxa; and iv) environmental risk assessment procedures and introduction policies and guidelines of different countries. Examples of biological control across taxa will be used throughout the course to illustrate the conservation, social and economic benefits of the discipline. Additional projects and/or assignments are required for graduate credit. Course will meet twice weekly for 1-hour and 15-minute sessions.

ENT 469 Introduction to Forest Insects

2 credits
Roles and impacts of insects within forest ecosystems. Current management techniques of arthropod pests (insects and mites) in natural and managed forest systems. Interactions of arthropods with other agents of forest disturbance (fire and fungi). Identification of some common arthropod pests of Rocky Mountain forests.
Prereq: FOR 221 or REM 221

ENT 476 Medical Parasitology

3 credits
Joint-listed with ENT 576
This course will explore the biology of eukaryotic parasites as they impact human health. Topics will include blood, gastrointestinal, and multi-organ parasites. The life cycles, clinical importance, global impact, and cutting edge research on these parasites will be reviewed. Offered in spring semester in even years.
Prereq: EPPN 154 OR BIOL 250 and BIOL 310 or BIOL 312

ENT 481 Arthropod and Nematode Physiology

3 credits
Joint-listed with ENT 581
This course will compare and contrast fundamental physiological systems of insects, related arthropods, and nematodes, including those of medical, veterinary, agricultural, and ecological importance as well as those that have been established as critically important model organisms for biology. Course will be taught in the fall semester of odd years.
Prereq: BIOL 115 and EPPN 154 OR BIOL 250

ENT 490 Special Topics in Entomology

1-4 credits, max 4
Joint-listed with ENT 590
Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

ENT 499 (s) Directed Study

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ENT 500 Master's Research and Thesis

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ENT 501 (s) Seminar

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ENT 502 (s) Directed Study

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ENT 504 (s) Special Topics

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ENT 511 Veterinary & Medical Entomology

3 credits
Joint-listed with ENT 411
This course will explore why insects are such efficient disease vectors, how blood feeding evolved, the impact of insects and related arthropods and vector-borne diseases on humans and animals worldwide, and what is being done to combat the resurgence of many of these diseases. Offered in spring semester in odd years.

ENT 540 Insect Identification

4 credits
Joint-listed with ENT 440
Survey of approximately 200 major families; collecting and preservation techniques. For graduate credit, an additional 50 families and selected subfamilies and genera will be covered and a term paper is required. Two lectures and two 2-hour labs per week; two 1-day field trips. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Alt/years)

ENT 541 Advanced Insect Ecology

3 credits
Joint-listed with ENT 441
Population and community dynamics set in a systems framework; theory and applications in natural and altered systems. Requirements for graduate credit include a longer (10 vs. 5 pages), more synthetic term paper, and each 500-level student will lead a web-based or in-class discussion on a research paper of their choice. Two 1-day field trips. Recommended Preparation: General ecology. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.
Prereq: ENT 322 or Permission

ENT 547 Biological Control in Plant Pest Management Systems

3 credits
Joint-listed with ENT 447
This course teaches content within the fields of agro-ecology, natural resource conservation and especially integrated pest management. Biological control and classical biological control of exotic invasive plants, arthropod crop and forest pests, and crop diseases are a major subdiscipline of integrated pest management. Biological control can reduce and sometimes eliminate the need for pesticides to manage pests and/or invasive species. The course will introduce students to i) the underlying principles of biological control, predator prey interactions and invasion ecology; Students will learn about ii) the history of the discipline including many environmentally disastrous examples of ‘biological control’ from the 18th and 19th century prior to the use of environmental assessments, iii) about methods to develop and assess biological control organisms across taxa; and iv) environmental risk assessment procedures and introduction policies and guidelines of different countries. Examples of biological control across taxa will be used throughout the course to illustrate the conservation, social and economic benefits of the discipline. Additional projects and/or assignments are required for graduate credit. Course will meet twice weekly for 1-hour and 15-minute sessions.

ENT 549 Insect-Plant Interactions

3 credits
Ecology, evolution, and mechanisms of the interactions between insects and plants. Requirements for graduate credit include formal report of field study, term paper. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Alt/years)
Prereq: ENT 322

ENT 569 Advanced Forest Entomology

3 credits
Methods and applications of biological and economic evaluation and control strategies of forest insect populations in relation to pest management programs. Recommended preparation: ENT 469. (Fall, alt/years)

ENT 576 Medical Parasitology

3 credits
Joint-listed with ENT 476
This course will explore the biology of eukaryotic parasites as they impact human health. Topics will include blood, gastrointestinal, and multi-organ parasites. The life cycles, clinical importance, global impact, and cutting edge research on these parasites will be reviewed. Spring, alt/even years.

ENT 581 Arthropod and Nematode Physiology

3 credits
Joint-listed with ENT 481
This course will compare and contrast fundamental physiological systems of insects, related arthropods, and nematodes, including those of medical, veterinary, agricultural, and ecological importance as well as those that have been established as critically important model organisms for biology. Fall, alt/odd years.

ENT 590 Special Topics in Entomology

1-4 credits, max 4
Joint-listed with ENT 490
Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

ENT 597 (s) Practicum

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ENT 598 (s) Internship

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Prereq: ENT 322 or Permission

ENT 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research

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Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.
Prereq: Permission

ENT 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation

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