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Course Description

A beekeeper wearing beige gloves holding a tray of honeycombs with bees covering the tray

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the broad field of beekeeping. It will include honey bee biology and behaviour, management for honey production, products of the hive, pests and enemies and the value of bees as pollinators of agricultural crops.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learning should be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the fundaments and scientific basis of beekeeping;
  2. Recognize biological principles applicable to many organisms by using the honey bee as a study subject;
  3. Appreciate the importance of honey bees as beneficial insects involved in food production and in ecosystem sustainability;
  4. Explain management practices involved in keeping honeybees healthy and productive; and
  5. Search, interpret, discuss and communicate in writing aspects of scientific literature relating to honey bee biology.

Course Topics

  • Honey Bees and Beekeeping
  • Development, Structure and Functions of Honey Bees
  • Honey Bee Types, Nests and Colony Cycle
  • Foraging, Queens and Mating
  • Colony Reproduction and Sex Determination
  • Honey Bee Adaptation and Diversity: Races, Strains and Hybrids
  • Beekeeping: What's needed?
  • Managing the Bees
  • Honey Production and Pre-Winter Management
  • Other Products and Benefits from Bees
  • Diseases and Parasites
  • Pests and Pesticides

Additional Requirements

Equate(s): ENVB*2210


Assessment Item Weight
Participation in Discussions 20%
Midterm 1 15%
Midterm 2 15%
Written Assignment 15%
Online Final Exam 35%
Total 100%


Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the following:

  • Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. 
  • Zoom as a video communication tool.  A Webcam, a microphone to record video, and headphones/speakers to play back the recording are also needed. 

Please view the Technical Considerations for each.

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Apiculture and Honey Bee Biology
May 13, 2021 to August 09, 2021
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,748.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes
Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.
Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping by Dewey M. Caron with Lawrence John Connor © 2013 Wicwas PressĀ  Revised Edition edition ISBN 9781878075291
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Optional) Elemental Genetics and Breeding for the Honeybee by Ernesto Guzman-Novoa © 2007 Ontario Beekeepers Association ISBN 9780978216610
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