Spivak Lab Academic Courses

Ent 4021: Honey Bees and Insect Societies

Collage of photos of bees.

This 3-credit course is designed to study the fascinating natural histories and behaviors of honey bees and other social insects (native social bees, some wasps, ants and termites). These insect societies demonstrate cooperative behavior and collective decision-making with no central authority. Lecture topics include the evolution of social behavior in insects, current theories on the division of labor and self-organization, caste determination, pheromones and communication, and much more.

Offered every other Fall semester (odd years). Use section number 65169 when registering for this course.

Register for this course via the University of Minnesota Registrar.