Bugs 101: Insect-Human Interactions is a 12-lesson course that provides online learners with an introduction to the biology, diversity, and ecology of insects and their roles in human society.
Students will examine the importance of insects in processes that affect humans such as:
- nutrient cycling,
- plant life and crop damage,
- disease transmission,
- and forensics.
Students will hear from Canadian experts in different insect-related fields—such as forest management and insects in indigenous cultures—and virtually-visit exciting locations such as the Royal Alberta Museum, an Albertan honey farm, and even an insect cafe. Learners will gain an understanding of the helpful and harmful roles of insects in agricultural and forest ecosystems and get a chance to apply the principles of integrated pest management in an interactive learning simulation.