Honey Bees and Humans (3) This course explores the unique biology and behavior of bees, examining our relationship with them through time and across cultures.
ENT 222 Honey Bees and Humans (3)
This course will discuss the uniqueness of honey bees -- no other insect, except perhaps the silk moth, has been harnessed so effectively to benefit humankind. Students will explore topics of biodiversity, behavioral ecology, sociobiology, insect physiology, infectious diseases, host-parasite interactions, food security, the development of agricultural practices across cultures and time, conservation and the art of communicating science to the public. Students will be provided an understanding of (1) honey bee behavior (particularly their complex and sophisticated social systems), biology, and health, (2) the important contributions honey bees and their pollination services make to maintaining natural ecosystems and increasing productivity of many of our key agricultural crops; and (3) the global history of humans’ interactions with honey bees, and how people from many cultures have managed bees to provide honey, wax, and pollination services.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.