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BIOL 324 Invertebrate Biology

The biology of invertebrate animals, particularly insects and other terrestrial arthropods: their macroevolutionary history, taxonomy, morphology, physiology, behavior, and ecology. Topics may include their identification and roles as pollinators, herbivores, predators and disease vectors in natural, agricultural, and urban ecosystems. The course includes an integrated laboratory with field and laboratory activity. Course intended for biology majors.


Special information

First day attendance is mandatory.
Note: Enrollment limited to Biology, Environmental Science and Life Science Teaching majors only, except by instructor permission.
5 Undergraduate credits

Effective May 7, 2013 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Explain and apply scientific knowledge in invertebrate biology, both theoretical and experimental, at the upper division level.
  • Read and interpret primary scientific literature in invertebrate biology.
  • Competently conduct field and laboratory investigations in the area of invertebrate biology.
  • Recall, explain and apply the concepts, knowledge and vocabulary of invertebrate biology at the level necessary for success in graduate and professional study in this field.