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Are you interested in solving biological challenges facing society? The Arthropod Squad learning community may be for you.  Insects and other arthropods, over half of the known species on earth, challenge our ability to feed the world, manage insect vectored diseases, and manage natural and modified ecosystems.  Human activities have a large affect on insects including loss of biodiversity, ecological disruption due to climate change and global movement of invasive species.  Insects have an increasingly important role in human endeavors as a more sustainable source food and feed, model systems for scientific research and in educating the public. These challenges provide opportunities for students who like working with insects. Students in the Arthropod Squad learning community get hands on experience working with live insects through field trips, team research and educational projects.  The Arthropod Squad learning community explores challenges of human-insects interactions and how you can apply biology, modern technology and advanced analytical techniques to address societal grand challenges.  


  • Open to all first-time, beginning students in any college or major

Residential Component

  • Students from this learning community reside in McCutcheon Hall
  • Information about this residence hall can be found here
  • Circumstances preventing a student from living in this hall, such as participating in the Honors College or living off-campus, will be taken into consideration when conducting the placement process
  • Your roommate in many cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


Fall Semester

Associated Classes

ENTM 10100 - Insect Biology and Societal Grand Challenges

AGR 11700 - Introduction to Entomology Academic Programs

BIOL 11000 - Fundamentals of Biology 

Events and Activities Included:

  • Welcome picnic
  • Campus Biodiversity Blitz  
  • Beekeeping Tour and Honey Tasting
  • Large Arthropods Demonstration
  • Insect Research Station Field Trip
  • Insect Museum Field Trip
  • Tour of Insect Biology Research
  • Insect in the Movies Night
  • Periodic meals with faculty members
  • Exam review sessions

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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