Graduate Courses

Below is a list of the graduate-level Entomology courses at UW-Madison. The Course Guide is the official listing of courses for any given term.  Please see the Course Guide for all special topics and topical courses.

Entom/Zoo 302 Introduction to Entomology, 4 cr, Prof. Young, offered Fall and Spring.
Course Description: Principles including morphology and classification; a general collection of insects required of each student.
Pre-Reqs: An elem course in zoology
Entom 321 Physiology of Insects, 3 cr, Prof. Lan, offered even Fall.
Course Description: Anatomy, histology and basic physiology of organ systems in insects.
Pre-Reqs: Entom 302 or cons inst
Entom 331 Taxonomy of Mature Insects, 4 cr, Prof. Young, offered odd Fall.
Course Description: Principles of taxonomy, identification and taxonomic morphology of adult insects.
Pre-Reqs: Entomol/Zool 302
Entom 351 Principles of Economic Entomology, 3 cr, Prof. Guedot, offered Spring.
Course Description: Major economic insects: identification, life histories, bionomics, distribution, control; procedures in fundamental and practical inquiry.
Pre-Reqs: Intro course in zoology
Entom/Pl Path/Hort/Soils 354 Diagnosing and Monitoring Pest and Nutrient Status of Field Crops, 1 cr, Instructors Jensen, Hudelson, Sturgl, offered Spring.
Course Description: Diagnostic & field methods in field crop pest and nutrient stressors.  Includes elements of soil, agronomy, entomology, horticulture, plant pathology.
Pre-Reqs: None
Entom/Zoo 371 Medical Entomology, 3 cr, Prof Paskweitz, offered odd Spring.
Course Description: Arthropods of medical and veterinary importance, how they affect their hosts and transmit diseases.
Pre-Reqs: Intro course in zool or vet sci
Entom 375 Special Topics, 1-4 cr.
Course description: Subjects of current interest to undergrads. See the Course Guide for current topics.
Pre-Reqs: Cons inst
Entom 399 Coordinative Internship/Cooperative Education, 1-8 cr.
Course description: none
Pre-Reqs: So, Jr or Sr st & cons supervising inst, advisor, and internship program coordinator
Entom 432 Taxonomy and Bionomics of Immature Insects, 4 cr, Prof. Young, offered odd Spring.
Course Description: Lectures on anatomy/morphology, taxonomy, bionomics of immature insects (ordinal and familial levels).  Required field trips and collection.
Pre-Reqs: Entom 302 or equiv, or cons inst
Entom 450 Basic and Applied Insect Ecology, 3 cr, Prof. Gratton, offered odd Fall.
Course Description:  Advanced course in population and community ecology, plant-insect interactions, insect biodiversity and biogeography, and applied ecology.
Pre-Reqs: Biology 151 & 152 or consent of instructor
Entom 451 Basic and Applied Insect Ecology Laboratory, 1 cr, Professor Gratton, offered odd Fall.
Course Description: Companion course for Entomology 450. Field, lab, and computer exercises in fundamental ecological topics.
Pre-Reqs: Concurrent or previous enrollment in Entomology 450, consent of instructor for undergraduates
Entom 468 Studies in Field Entomology, 3 cr, Prof. Young, offered even Summer.
Course Description: Intensive summer field course outside of Madison area. Student field project, literature review presentation required.
Pre-Reqs: Entom 302, Jr st, and cons inst. (Recom ecology course & Entom 331 or 432)
Entom/Botany/Zoo 473 Plant-Insect Interactions, 3 cr, Prof. Raffa, offered even Spring.
Course Description: Arthropod exploitation of plants, plant-traits that deter or augment insects, environmental mediation of these interactions, effects on population dynamics, community ecology and co-evolution.
Pre-Reqs: One of the following: Bot/For/Zoo 460, Ent/Pl Path/For 500, Pl Path/Bot 505, Forestry 550, or Entom 342
Entom/F&W Ecol 500 Insects in Forest Ecosystem Function and Management, 2 cr, Prof. Raffa, offered odd Fall.
Course Description: Roles of insects in the functioning of healthy forest ecosystems, tactics for addressing challenges they pose to sustainable natural resource management.
Pre-Reqs: Botany 151 & 152 or equiv
Entom/Pl Path/Botany 505 Plant-Microbe Interactions: Molecular and Ecological Aspects, 3 cr, Profs. Barak, Bent, Kabbage, offered Spring.
Course Description: Molecular and ecological aspects of the interactions between plants and microorganisms.
Pre-Reqs: An upper level crse in microbiol (e.g. Bact 303); biochem (e.g. Biochem 501); & genetics (e.g. Genetics 466) or cons inst
Entom/Zoo 540 Theoretical Ecology, 3 cr, Prof. Ives, offered irregularly.
Course Description: Introduction to theoretical ecology; hands-on experience in computer modeling. For students with ecology background.  Strong math background not required.
Pre-Reqs: 1 year calculus, Zoo/Bot 260, Zoo/Bot/For 460 or equiv, & Jr st
Entom 601 Seminar in Methods of Scientific Oral Presentations, 1 cr, Raffa, offered even Spring.
Course Description: Training for the presentation of scientific topics
Pre-Reqs: Sr st
Entom/Pl Path/Soil Sci/ME Tox/Vet Sci/F&W Ecol 606 Colloquium in Environmental Toxicology, 1 cr, instructors vary, offered Fall and Spring.
Course description: Current topics in molecular and environmental toxicology and problems related to biologically active substances in the environment.
Pre-Reqs: Biology/Zoology 101, Biology/Botany 130, or equivalent
Entom/Genetics/Zoo 624 Molecular Ecology, 3 cr, Prof. Schoville, offered odd Spring.
Course Description: Basic principles of molecular ecology. Lecture topics include population genetics, molecular phylogenetics, rates and patterns of evolution, genome evolution, and molecular ecology.
Pre-Reqs: BOTANY/GENETICS/ZOOLOGY 466, GENETICS 467 or BIOCORE 383 or graduate student standing
Entom/Agronomy/F&W Ecol/ME Tox 632 Ecotoxicology: The Chemical Players, 1 cr, Prof. Lan, offered odd Fall.
Course Description: Introduction to natural and man-made toxins/toxicants, their distribution, transport, and fate in the environment. I
Pre-Reqs: 2 sem intro biol & 1 sem organic chem, or cons inst
Entom/Agronomy/F&W Ecol/ME Tox 633 Ecotoxicology: Impacts on Individuals, 1 cr, Prof. Karasov, offered odd Fall.
Course Description: Addresses absorption, biotransformation, elimination of toxins in a wide variety of taxa (plants, invertebrates, vertebrates).
Pre-Reqs: M&EnvTox 632, or 2 sem intro biol & M&Envtox 631, or cons inst
Entom/Agronomy/F&W Ecol/ME Tox 634 Ecotoxicology: Impacts on Populations, Communities and Ecosystems, 1 cr, Prof. Lan, offered odd Fall.
Course Description: Focuses on the impact of toxicants on populations, communities, ecosystems, and includes risk evaluation.
Pre-Reqs: M&EnvTox 633, or M&EnvTox 625, 626 & 631, or cons inst
Entom 699 Special Problems, 1-4 cr.
Course Description:
Pre-Reqs: Cons inst & Sr st
Entom 701 Advanced Taxonomy, 3 cr, Prof. Young, offered occasionally.
Course Description: See the Course Guide for current topic.
Pre-Reqs: Entom 331 and cons inst
Entom/F&W Ecol 711 Multivariate Analysis of Ecological and Community Data, 2 cr, Prof Gratton and Townsend, offered odd Fall.
Course Description: Exploration into advanced statistical methods for ecological data – hands-on, workshop based.  Students assess and present their own data.
Pre-Reqs: Stats 571 & 572 or equivalent course or consent of instructor
Entom 799 Practicum in Entomology Teaching, 1-3 cr.
Course Description: Orientation to teaching at higher education level in the agricultural life sciences, direct teaching/testing/evaluation experience under faculty supervision.
Pre-Reqs: Grad st & cons inst
Entom 801 Colloquium, 1 cr, Prof. Goodman, offered Fall and Spring.
Course Description:
Pre-Reqs: Grad st
Entom 820 Foundations of Evolution, 3 cr.
Course Description: Through reading and analysis of the primary literature, this course will explore some of the most important themes and debates that have permeated evolutionary biology over the last 50 years. Students will read key papers related to each controversial topic, will debate the pros and cons of competing viewpoints, and will reflect on the relevance of the issues to contemporary evolutionary biology. Students will also write a paper that analyzes one topic in more detail. This course is intended for graduate students who plan to specialize in evolutionary biology, broadly construed.
Pre-Reqs: Graduate standing
Entom 875 Special Topics, 1-4 cr.
Course description: Subjects of current interest to grad students. See the Course Guide for current topics.
Pre-Reqs: Grad st and cons inst
Entom 901 Seminar in Organismal Entomology, 1 cr, offered occasionally.
Course Description: Presentations from the original literature on developments in natural products chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, developmental biology of insects.
Pre-Reqs: Grad st
Entom 903 Seminar in Evolutionary Entomology, 1 cr, offered occasionally.
Course Description: Presentation from the original literature on developments in the evolution, ecology, behavior and/or systematics of insects.
Pre-Reqs: Grad st
Entom 905 Seminar in Applied Entomology, 1 cr, offered occasionally.
Course Description: Presentations from the original literature on developments in integrated pest management, insect-plant interactions medical entomology, and insect pathology.
Pre-Reqs: Grad st
Entom 950 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Animal Behavior, 1 cr, instructors vary, offered Fall and Spring.
Course Description: Research methods in animal behavior studies in many disciplines.
Pre-Reqs: Grad st
Entom 953 Introduction to Ecology Research at UW-Madison, 1-2 cr, offered fall.
Course description: Introduction to ecologists on campus.  Discussions in professsional development, research by faculty and senior graduate students, and key papers.
Pre-Reqs: none
Entom 990 Graduate Research and Thesis, 1-12 cr.
Course Description: Research credit for graduate students.
Pre-Reqs: Grad st & cons inst

Last updated July 25, 2016 (SR)