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Courses - Spring 2024
BSCI
Biological Sciences Program Department Site
Open Seats as of
07/18/2024 at 09:30 AM
BSCI145
The Insect Apocalypse: Real or Imagined?
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL, SCIS
Could the ongoing global decline in insect populations portend the end of of, terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems? An article in the New York Times, in in, 2018, declared an "Insect Apocalypse" that for the first time brought the general, general,, unexplained declines in in insects to the public and suggested a catastrophe awaits awaits, our planet. Scientists have documented the loss of insect species at a rate rate, exceeding the extinction rates associated with the major geological events in in, Earth's history. Based on science and research, students will be provided with with, background, and discover on their own, the diversity of the form and functions of of, insects, as well as how they evolved and persisted for 400 million years. The The, course, designed for students of any major, celebrates the incredible variation of of, insect life and what they do to support life on our planet. The course will highlight highlight, the use of scientific research to understand and respond to the global crisis.
Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.