Course Details

Course Number: BIOL 3434  Section Number: 101

Fall 2013

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 213

Days & Times:

MW 8:00-8:50 A.M. 

Course Attachments

Syllabus  ENTO Syllabus-20130821-095407.doc


Introduction to the Study of Insects, 7 ed.
Lecture Text Borror and DeLong’s Introduction to the Study of Insects, 7th Edition, by Charles A. Triplehorn and Norman F. Johnson, 2005
  ISBN: 0030968356

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Roy C Vogtsberger   
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Course Objectives

Learn basic principles of insect life. Students should gain knowledge of:

  1. Classification of all orders of insects and select families from each order.
  2. External morphology, internal anatomy, physiology, and development of insects.
  3. Biological and ecological relationships of all insect orders and families covered including relation of insects to humans.
  4. Collecting methods for members of each insect order.
  5. Correct preservation of members of each insect order.
  6. Diversity of Phylum Arthropoda.


Course Expectations

Prerequisite of one year of biology.


Submission of a comprehensive insect collection is required to PASS the course.

Grading Standards

Lecture Exams and Make-Up Exams:  There will be three, equally-weighted major exams (including the final exam) that will each be worth 16.67% of your overall grade for the class.  The final exam will NOT be comprehensive but will cover all of the material since the previous exam.  Exams will usually contain various types of testing formats (i.e. multiple choice, matching, true/false, fill in the blank, listing, drawing/labeling, and short answer).  You MUST present a valid university excuse to make up a missed lecture exam.  A missed exam should be made up immediately (i.e. before exams are passed back to the class). 


Course Grading:  The following is a breakdown of your final course grade:


LECTURE                                                                           LAB                                      

Exam #1      =16.67%                                                         Exam #1             =  4%

Exam #2      =16.67%                                                         Final Exam         =  6%

Final Exam  =16.67%                                                         Insect Collection=40%                      

total              =50%                                                               total                    =50%



The grading scale used to determine your letter grade for the course is as follows:


                                                A             =              90-100%

B             =              80-89%

C             =              70-79%

D             =              60-69%

F              =              below 60% 

Final Exam12/11/2013  8:00-10:00

Submission Format Policy

None for lecture.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

You MUST present a valid university excuse to make up a missed lecture exam.  A missed exam should be made up immediately (i.e. before exams are passed back to the class).  

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Class Attendance:  You are expected to attend all classes.  A lot of material is presented in each class period, which makes it easy to fall behind if a class is missed.  If you miss a class, it is YOUR responsibility to get class notes from your classmates and handouts from the instructor.  

Other Policies




Students with disabilities must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided. 

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.