ENY 6572 Apiculture I

ENY 6572 Apiculture I


The biology of honey bees and the craft of apiculture will be examined by exploring the natural history, biogeography and ecology of honey bees. Honey bee anatomy, physiology, colony social structure, pests/diseases, pollination ecology, management and current topics in beekeeping will be discussed.


This course contains significant scientific content. If you are unsure of any vocabulary terms or scientific principles, please take the time to research them. It will be easy to fall behind if you do not understand the content. A basic biology prerequisite is recommended, though not required.

Course Format

Location: Online

Course Goals

  1. Compare the natural histories of honey bees with those of other bees, emphasizing the development of sociality in bee hymenoptera.
  2. Examine the diversity and biogeography of honey bees.
  3. Discover the intricacies of honey bee biology, anatomy, physiology.
  4. Determine the contributions of nest structure, eusocial behavior, and super organism colonytraits to the success of honey bees globally.
  5. Appraise the history, development, and practice of apiculture.
  6. Associate apiculture with production agriculture, ecosystem health, and human success.
  7. Synthesize transcending topics (such as parasitology, invasive species biology, IPM, etc.) using apiculture as a model.


1Getting Started
2 and 3Phylogeny and Biogeography
4 and 5Anatomy and Physiology
8Pests Predators & Pathogens
9Management Strategies
10Hive Products
11Ecosystem Services
12Breeding and African honey bees
13CCD, Research, and Extension