Undergraduates from across disciplines joined Dr. Bill Lamp & Grad Assistant Amanda Rae Brucchieri for an i-series course ripped from the headlines, “BSCI145 The Insect Apocalypse: Real or Imagined”, a new course that encouraged students to learn more about the natural world and interpret scientific information presented to them. Over the semester students applied their knowledge through hands-on experiences in the classroom, lab and even field trips.
Amanda, TA for the course and fierce insect advocate, was particularly excited about TAing an i-series course that introduced a new student body to the world of insects, saying “The best part of this course has been the diversity of its students. This course gives students the opportunity to try out an entirely new discipline and learn new skills both in and out of the classroom.” Students, some from non-science majors, worked as a team to conduct experiments in the lab and during field trips, getting hands-on experiences working with DNA, insect identification and stream ecology. As the term comes to a close Amanda is optimistic that students not only gained a better understanding about how the scientific field works but also a unique understanding of insects and the services they provide.
BSCI145 will be offered again in Spring 24. Open to all students, including the insect hesitant. Amanda says “Students who vary between an appreciation and fear of insects are welcome as this course allows students to learn about the “little guys” in a safe and fun environment.” See registration information available on testudo.