Illinois students: learn beekeeping this summer!

Turns out that the Introduction to Beekeeping class I taught last summer was so successful the University of Illinois decided to offer it again! Here are the details:

IB 496, Introduction to Beekeeping

Instructor: Alex Wild (alexwild [at]
Dates: Summer Session II, June 13 – August 8 2011
Syllabus: click for syllabus
Lecture: Monday, Wednesday 9:00-9:50am; Natural History Building 315
Lab: Wednesday 10:00-12:50pm; Natural History Building 315
Friday 10:00-12:50pm; Perkins Road Apiary
Office hours: Thursday 1:00-3:00; Natural History Building 315
Textbook: Kevan, Peter G. “Bees: Biology and Management
Credit hours: 2
Prerequisites: Introductory biology recommended
CRN: 35584 enrollment limited to 22

Honey bees are our partners in agriculture, providing pollination services for numerous crops and supplying honey, wax, and other products. This hands-on introductory course will equip students with the skills to manage small apiaries for honey production. Additional lecture topics include bee biology, genetics, social evolution, pests & diseases, native pollinators, and a history of apiculture.

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