Field Entomology for Teachers–Through MCLA
This is a hands-on, fun packed, but rigorous course!
Course title: Field Entomology for Educators
Course number: BIOE 650
Number of credits: 3 graduate
Course dates: July 7 – 11, 2014
Course times: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Course location: Pittsfield State Forest
For questions about registration contact:
Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Mark Hopkins 204
Where we meet: The educator’s building across from the swimming hole just past the main entrance to the forest.
What to bring to the course: Comfortable clothing and shoes with white socks, rain gear, a notebook for keeping field notes, your lunch and snacks.
What will be provided: field collecting equipment, microscopes, pinning and mounting supplies, maps, and most importantly BUG repellent.
What is an insect? And why should we study them?
Lyme Disease overview
Anatomy of an insect
The Insect Orders and Life Cycles
Using an identification key
Aquatic collecting and identification.
Insects, Ecology and the Environment
Pinning and mounting
Insects, Genetics, Biodiversity and Evolution
Insects and Society
This 3-credit graduate field entomology course will demonstrate to teachers the accessibility and versatility of insects as models in teaching a wide range of concepts including:
the characteristics of living things, reproduction and heredity, genetics, structure and function of cells, evolution and biodiversity, adaptations, energy cycles, ecology and environmental science.