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University of Alberta

Bugs 101: Insect-Human Interactions

University of Alberta via Coursera


Of all the animals on earth, which are the strongest for their size? What about the fastest? Who were the first animals to evolve flight? Insects take all of these titles and more! As the most abundant animals on the planet, insects and other arthropods affect our lives in so many ways. From beneficial interactions like pollination and biological pest control, to the transmission of life threatening diseases; this course will teach you about the big ways that these little arthropods impact our lives.

In Bugs 101: Insect-Human Interactions, you will be plunged into the diverse (and sometimes alien) world of arthropods to learn how they work, what they do, and how insects and humans interact every day.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

Describe the evolutionary relationships between insects and their arthropod relatives
Inventory major groups of insects and their diversity
Demonstrate evolutionary adaptations that make insects successful
Discuss insect biology and human-insect interactions
Evaluate positive and negative interactions between insects and humans
Propose practical and symbolic roles insects play in human societies

Taught by

Dr. Maya Evenden


4.8 rating, based on 4 Class Central reviews

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  • In three words: take this course. A lot of thought clearly went into it. There are great graphics, beautifully arranged course notes, and additional resources with updates on the latest news and discoveries. Despite the astonishing depth and detai…
  • I found the course very useful, even if I would have like more in depth on some topics.

    However, it's very interesting and a must to understand our environment!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was so much fun that my only regret is that I have now finished it. I want another! The lecturers are engaging and the pacing worked well for me. The cultural entomology module was the best treatment of the subject that I've ever seen and the conservation module is balanced and professional. I highly recommend this course.
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    Nagella Allwyn

    Nagella Allwyn is taking this course right now, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Let me congratulate all the faculty for giving a good knowledge of Content. I completed my Module 1 .The material that your providing is apt and up to the mark of learning. The videos and quizzes are useful to recollect the learned material. Hope we will get modules interesting and rich knowledge about entomology

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