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Graduate Degrees in Animal Behavior

Faculty from the Departments of Biology, Psychological & Brain Sciences, Anthropology and other departments provide broad and intensive training in neuroscience, learning, development, ecology, and evolution. Focal research topics include mate choice and sexual behavior, parental behavior and development, migration and orientation, communication and learning and developmental plasticity. Program graduate students are encouraged to work in more than one laboratory, bringing to bear multiple techniques and conceptualizations on particular problems. Training requirements include courses in neuroscience, evolution, and learning/ development, plus special year-long topical seminars. The program invites eminent visiting scientists to participate in these seminars, give workshops, and interact with students and faculty.

Students must be admitted to a PhD program in the Department of Biology, the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, the Program in Neuroscience, or related disciplines (e.g., Medical Sciences, Anthropology, History and Philosophy of Science). See information on how to apply at the bottom of this page. After being accepted by IU, students should apply for membership into the Program in Animal Behavior by filling out our online form or by contacting CISAB directly. Once enrolled, students may obtain a PhD Minor in Animal Behavior and/or a PhD Area Certificate in Animal Behavior by completing the requirements below.

PhD Minor in Animal Behavior

At least THREE courses taken from at least two different depart­ments/graduate programs, as specified below:

(1) ONE ABEH A501 Seminar in the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior
(2) TWO courses from the following list. One of these courses must be a graduate-level evolution or ecology course (E/E) if such a course is not part of a student's major. One of these courses must also be a graduate-level neuroscience or physiology (N/P) course if sucha course is not part of the student's major. Other graduate courses with significant content in the study of animal behavior may be substituted with the permission of the CISAB director.

  • Neuroscience and Physiology:
  • ANTH B540 Hormones and Human Behavior
  • NEUS N500 Neural Science I
  • NEUS N501 Neural Science II
  • BIOL L560 Physiological Ecology
  • BIOL Z563 Comparative Neurobiology of Animal Behavior
  • BIOL Z620 Sensory Ecology1
  • PSY P526 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
  • PSY P569 Stress Effects on Brain and Behavior
  • PSY P637 Neurobiology of Addiction
  • PSY P667 Neuropsychopharmacology
  • MED P561 Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Evolution or Ecology:
  • ANTH B527 Human Evolutionary Biology Laboratory
  • ANTH B568 Evolution of Primate Social Behavior
  • BIOL L567 Evolution
  • BIOL L573 Quantitative Genetics and Microevolution
  • BIOL L581 Behavioral Ecology
  • BIOL Z540 Population Genetics
  • BIOL Z620 Phylogenetics2
  • Other Courses:
  • ANTH B500 Proseminar in Bioanthropology3
  • ANTH B522 Laboratory Methods in Bioanthropology
  • ANTH B524 Theory and Method in human Paleotology
  • ANTH B525 Genetic Methods in Anthropology
  • ANTH B546 Reproductive Ecology
  • ANTH B600 Seminar in Bioanthropology3
  • BIOL Z460 Animal Behavior
  • BIOL Z466 Endocrinology
  • COGS Q551 Brain and Cognition
  • COGS Q700 Theoretical Issues in Animal Cognition
  • PSY P514 Methods in Biopsychology
  • PSY P527 Developmental Psychobiology
  • PSY P564 Psychophysics
  • 1 Only Sensory Ecology section of BIOL Z620 counts towards this requirement. Other sections require approval of CISAB director.
  • 2 Only Phylogenetics section of BIOL Z620 counts towards this requirement. Other sections require approval of the CISAB director.
  • 3 Only sections with significant content in the field of animal behavior count towards this requirement. Consult with the CISAB director.

Area Certificate

The requirements for the Area Certificate in Animal Behavior include all of the requirements of the minor, plus the following:

  1. One additional ABEH A501 Seminar in the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior
  2. ABEH A502 Professional Ethics for the Bio-Behavioral Sciences or PSY P595 First-Year Research Seminar
  3. One additional course from above.

Apply to IU

Prospective graduate students not currently enrolled at Indiana University must apply for admission to the university through the graduate program of their choice. An online application system is available through the

Additional information about graduate applications is available from the primary degree-granting units associated with this training grant.