Bee Courses

Cornell University's Entomology Department offers the following classes on Honey Bees and Beekeeping for Fall 2008
ENTOM 260   Biology of the Honey Bee
Fall 2008. 2 credits. Lecs, T R 11:15 - 12:05. N. W. Calderone.

Introduces students to the life history, physiology, and behavior of honey bees, as well as to classical and contemporary research on the dance language, chemical communication, behavioral genetics, division of labor, and evolution of social behavior. Lectures on pollination of agricultural crops, honey and beeswax, bees in ancient and modern rituals, Africanized honey bees, and insect politics are also included.

ENTOM 264   Practical Beekeeping
Fall 2008. 1 credit. Limited to 20 students. Prerequisite: ENTOM 260 (may be taken concurrently). Lab, R 2:00-4:25.
N. W. Calderone.

This course consists of 14 laboratory sessions that acquaint students with practical methods of colony management. Laboratories involve hands-on work with honey bee colonies and equipment. Some of the topics covered include management of bees for apple pollination, honey harvesting and processing, and disease identification/control. The class makes a number of field trips to commercial beekeeping operations. Students conduct simple experiments to demonstrate color perception by bees, as well as the chemical basis for swarming, nest guarding, and mating.

Links to information on academic resources and procedures, college and department programs, interdisciplinary programs, and undergraduate and graduate course offerings of the university:

Cornell's Entomology Department

Cornell Courses of Study Listings

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Entomology Course Listings-(pdf)

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Department of Entomology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 


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