Course Description

This course presents students with the study of entomology. Students will examine insects and their interaction with the ecosystem.

This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.

This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.

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Topics and Objectives

Insect Anatomy

  • Identify the external anatomical features used in keying insects to taxonomic groups.
  • Explain the relationship between the internal structures and physiological function of insects.

Insect Habitats and Life History

  • Describe the ecological interactions affecting population dynamics of insects.
  • Relate insect behavioral patterns with population dynamics.
  • Explain how abiotic and biotic factors influence the behavior and interactions of insects.

Identifying Insects Using Taxonomic Keys

  • Analyze embryological features and development patterns relevant to identifying adult insects.
  • Identify adult insects using a taxonomic or dichotomous key.
  • Explain the use of a taxonomic or dichotomous key to identify insect orders.

Ecological Interactions of Insects

  • Analyze the complex social systems present in an insect species.
  • Compare mechanisms used by insects to parasitize other organisms.
  • Compare mechanisms used by insects to eat other organisms.

Insects and Human Interactions

  • Analyze the interactions between humans and insects.
  • Determine how integrated pest management (IPM) principles affect environmental and community health.
  • Evaluate methods to control common household insects.


A prerequisite is required for this course. The purpose of a prerequisite is to ensure students have the knowledge and/or skills needed to be successful in the course. Students are required to provide proof of prerequisite during the enrollment/registration process. To meet to a course prerequisite requirement, a student must have successfully completed the prerequisite course at University of Phoenix, provide proof via transcript of completing a comparable course (at least 75% match) or higher level course with at least a grade of C at another institution or have a University of Phoenix approved Student Appeal on file with the University.

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Section Title
Instructor Led
T, M
12:00AM to 11:59AM
Jan 14, 2020 to Feb 17, 2020
Online Campus
Online Non-Degree
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online Campus
Course Fee(s)
Undergraduate Tuition credit (3 units) $1,194.00 Click here to get more information
Section Fees
Resource Fee $170.00 Mandatory
Potential Discount(s)
3 Credit Hours
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