Undergraduate Courses

Note: To obtain more detailed information about each of these courses, please go to the Class Schedule Term.

Undergraduate Courses that require no prerequisite

ENTM 1000 World of Bugs
3 credits. A survey of insect biology and life styles with emphasis on insect diversity and human-insect interactions. 
Lectures: Three per week (MWF) during regularly slotted time. 

ENTM 2050 Introductory Entomology (formerly 38.205) 
An introductory survey of insect biology suitable for any student of biology, environment or agriculture.  This course emphasizes the diversity in form and function of insects from various perspectives. After an introduction to adaptations in basic anatomy, patterns of growth and development, and physiological and behavioural processes, the roles of insects in various systems are examined. Special consideration is given to adaptations of soil arthropods and of insects in aquatic ecosystems, and to relationships of insects with plants and vertebrates. The biological control potential of predators, parasitoids and pathogens of insects is analyzed. Laboratory sessions are synchronized with the lecture material, and emphasize field identification and basic biology of common families of insects. Credit hours: 3. Lectures: Tu, Th 11:30-12:45. Laboratory: Mon 2:30-5:30. Offered every year in fall term. Instructor: J.A. Bannerman.

ENTM 3160 Veterinary and Wildlife Entomology (formerly 38.316)
An introduction to the interactions between vertebrates and insects suitable for those interested in the ecology or parasitology of these relationships, in wildlife or livestock management , or in insects as vectors of disease.  Students will learn to recognize the insects that affect vertebrates and be able to explore various insect life histories, their adaptations, evolutionary relationships, the impact arthropods may have on vertebrates and pest management strategies. There will also be discussion about the arthropod-borne pathogens responsible for diseases such as bubonic plague, Lyme Disease, western equine encephalitis, West Nile virus, and heartworm. Credit hours: 3. Lectures: M W F 8:30-9:20 a.m. Offered 2013 and alternate years thereafter in winter term. Instructor: K. Rochon.

ENTM 3170 Crop Protection Entomology (formerly 38.317)
A course for students who want to learn about principles of controlling insects, the insects that attack crops, and the ecology of insect-crop interactions. The first quarter of the course surveys structure, physiology and population ecology of insects. In the remainder of the course students learn about methods of controlling insects pests of crops and how to apply these in the context of integrated pest management. Students explore a pest control scenario and make decisions about appropriate chemical and non-chemical controls. Credit hours: 3. Lectures: M W F 11:30-12:20. Laboratory: W 2:30-5:30. Offered every year in winter term. Instructor: B.J. Sharanowski.

ENTM 3180 Field Techniques in Entomology
A field course to provide a foundation in field sampling and collection techniques for insects in natural and agricultural ecosystems.  The course is run at the University of Manitoba Star lake research station near Whiteshell MB and in Agricultural sites in Manitoba. Transportation to and from the University and accommodations are included. Six day intensive field-based course. Prerequisites: none, but instructor permission is required.  Summer term offered every year. Field course. Instructor: J. A. Bannerman.

ENTM 3190 Introduction to Applied Entomology
A course providing a foundation in applied entomology covering topics including: basic insect biology, insect pest management, insect biodiversity and the biological services provided by insects. Online lecture presentations, weekly readings and online laboratories.   Offered every year to both students from U of Manitoba and other Universities.  Prerequisites: none. May not be held with ENTM 3170. Instructor. J.A. Bannerman.

ENTM 4320 Pollination Biology (formerly 38.432)
A course for students interested in insects as pollinators of plants and in the ecology and evolution of the pollination interaction and of social organisms.  The course examines the interaction of insect pollinators with entomophilous plants. The biology and life history strategies of solitary, semisocial and social insects are compared and related to their role in the pollination of angiosperms. Topics include foraging theory, competition, insect-plant interactions and the impact of insect pollinators on gene-flow in plant populations. Credit hours: 3. Lectures: M W F 11:30-12:20. Offered in 2013 and alternating years thereafter in fall term. Instructor: R.W. Currie.

Undergraduate courses with a prerequisite of ENTM 2050 Introductory Entomology (Formerly 038.205) or consent of the instructor.

ENTM 3162 Manitoba’s insect fauna
The course aims to introduce students to field collection methods and habitat diversity for insects, develop skills in a wide range of preparation techniques for insects, develop identification skills in a diversity of insect groups, and give students an overview of the classification of the Insecta and near relatives, and the systematics and taxonomic characters of each order. A collection of insects is required. Emphasis is placed on collecting techniques, specimen preparation, diversity of species collected, organization and curatorial skills, and accuracy of identification. Students should contact instructors in the April preceding registration in this course. Prerequisite: ENTM 2050. Offered every year in winter term. Practica and tutorials will be arranged at times that fit the schedules of participants. Instructor: B.J. Sharanowski.

ENTM 4280 Aquatic Entomology (formerly 38.428)
For those interested in the ecology of insects living in water, and their role in aquatic ecosystems.  Insects are found in nearly all kinds of aquatic ecosystems from tiny seeps to roaring rivers, from rock pools to large lakes, from plant leaves to hot springs, and from peat bogs to open oceans. Insects in each of these communities are examined in detail. Applied studies include the role of insects as indicators of environmental disturbance, and production and life histories relevant to vertebrate productivity in aquatic ecosystems. A collection of aquatic insects is required, and laboratory sessions provide instruction in identification of all stages of development of the species obtained. Prerequisites: ENTM 2050/38.205, AGEC 2370/65.237, ZOOL 237/22.237 or BOTN 2370/1.237; or consent of instructor. Credit hours: 3. Lectures: M W F 8:30-9:20. Laboratory: W 2:30-5:30. Offered 2014 and alternating years thereafter in fall term. Instructor: J.A. Bannerman.

ENTM 4500 Insect Taxonomy and Morphology (formerly 38.450)
For students of systematic biology, or those interested in advancing their knowledge of insect structure and classification.  Incorporation of theoretical aspects of insect morphology and taxonomy into practical projects on a group of insects of the student’s choice. A collection of 25 to 50 species (adults and/or larvae), preserved in different ways, will be required as a basis for individual projects in insect taxonomy and morphology. The basic form and structure of insects will be demonstrated, and lectures and laboratories are designed to have students extend this knowledge to the study of their group of interest. Larvae of insects with complete metabolism will be emphasized because of the large differences between immature and adult body form. Principles of insect systematics are reviewed, with emphasis on concepts of higher taxa, genera and species, phylogeny and zoogeography. The course reviews the classification of arthropods and insects, the role of museums and the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. Prerequisite: ENTM 2050/38.205 or consent of instructor. Credit hours: 3. Lectures: M W F 1:30-2:20. Laboratory: Th 2:30-5:30. Offered 2013 and alternating years thereafter in fall term. Instructor: B.J. Sharanowski.

ENTM 4520 Physiological Ecology of Insects (Winter 2014)
The effect of environmental factors such as temperature, moisture, light and other organisms on the physiology and ecology of insects. ENTM 2050 Introductory Entomology, or consent of instructor