BIOL 440
Medical and Veterinary Entomology

Designed for entomology, biology, veterinary, and medical students, this course is an introduction to the natural history of the major groups of the Phylum Arthropoda that directly or indirectly impact the health of humans, pets, and livestock. Classes will cover the life- cycles of arthropods and parasites, clinical signs and symptoms of disease, disease epidemiology, and approaches to control of arthropod-borne diseases with an emphasis on vector control. Recent advances in the field of medical/veterinary entomology research and case studies will be discussed. Guest lecturers will share their expertise with the students.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the natural history of the major insect-based and arachnid-based arthropods that impact the health of humans, companion, and livestock animals
  • Explain the biology of arthropod vector-mammalian host-pathogen relationships
  • Outline the transmission cycles of major arthropod-borne diseases
  • Recognize the general signs, symptoms, and epidemiology of major arthropod-borne diseases
  • Identify some of the approaches and applications for the control of vector-borne diseases



Class Type

Graduate Course




Spring 2022


Session B