Academic Courses

Ent 4021: Honey Bees and Insect Societies

This 3-credit course is designed to study the fascinating natural histories and behaviors of honey bees and other social insects (native social bees, some wasps, ants and termites). These insect societies demonstrate cooperative behavior and collective decision-making with no central authority. Lecture topics include the evolution of social behavior in insects, current theories on the division of labor and self-organization, caste determination, pheromones and communication, and much more.

Offered every other Fall semester (odd years). Use section number 65169 when registering for this course.

Register for this course via the University of Minnesota Registrar.

Ent 4022: Bee Management

This is a 3-week "Intersession" course, taught every other year on even years, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:00pm to 6:30pm. It is entirely hands-on. All students will learn to handle and manage honey bees, and will learn about rearing bumblebees and providing nesting sites for leafcutter bees. The course is open to the public but requires registering and paying tuition for one credit through the University of Minnesota.

Register for this course via the University of Minnesota Registrar.

Hort 4850 Pollinator Protection in Managed Lanscapes

Co-taught by Dr. Eric Watkins, Horticulture, and Dr. Dan Cariveau, Entomology
This 3 credit course will cover pollinator protection in managed landscapes such as gardens, lawns, roadsides, small farms, organic farms, conventional farms, golf courses, urban parks, rural parklands, prairies etc. The course will begin with an introduction to pollinators and the importance of pollinators in agricultural and other managed and natural landscapes. Next the risks to pollinators and ways that those risks can be reduced, minimized, or overcome will be examined. Finally, ways that public policy has impacted pollinators and how future policy decisions will affect pollinator protection efforts will be covered.

Offered every spring semester.

Register for this course via the University of Minnesota Registrar.