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Undergraduate Degrees in Animal Behavior

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Degrees Offered:      B.S. in Animal Behavior   -   Minor   -   Area Certificate

B.S. in Animal Behavior

General Education Requirements

Foundations (3-6 cr.)

  • English Composition (1 course/3 cr.)
  • Intensive Writing (1 course/3 cr.)
  • Mathematical Modeling (fulfilled by major coursework)
  • World Languages and Cultures: Equivalent of 3 semesters foreign language study or cultures coursework (3 courses/9-15 cr.)

Gen. Ed./CASE Breadth of Inquiry (18-21 cr.)

  • A&H (2 courses)
  • S&H (2 courses)
  • N&M (fulfilled by major coursework)
  • Critical Approaches to the Arts and Sciences (1 course)
  • Public Oral Communication (1 course)

Animal Behavior Requirements

Introductory Science Courses (3 courses/9-10 cr.)

  • BIOL-L111 or BIOL-E111
  • BIOL-L112 or BIOL-E112 or BIOL-H111
  • PSY-P101 or PSY-P155

  • One of the following courses:
    • CHEM C101 and C121, C103, C117, or S117
    • GEOL G104, S104, G105, or G114
    • PHYS P105 or P201
    • MATH M118, M212, or S212
    • CSCI C211 or A110

Core Animal Behavior Courses (3 courses/6 cr.)

  • ABEH-A200: Workshop in Animal Behavior (1 cr.)
  • ABEH-A400: Advanced Workshop in Animal Behavior (2 cr.)
  • BIOL-Z460: Animal Behavior (3 cr.)

Perspectives in Animal Behavior (24 cr.)
Choose at least 2 from each of the three sections, plus an additional 2 courses from this list or from required laboratory or supervised research courses below.
Additional animal behavior-related courses can be applied to this requirement with consent of department.


  1. Evolutionary/Ecological Perspectives
    • ABEH-A401 Topical Issues in Animal Behavior (1-3 cr.)1
    • ANTH-B368 Evolution of Primate Social Behavior (3 cr.)
    • BIOL-L318 Evolution (3 cr.)
    • BIOL-S318 Honors Evolution (3 cr.)
    • BIOL-L340 Biological Bases of Sex Differences (3 cr.)2
    • BIOL-L369 Heredity, Evolution, and Society (3 cr.)
    • BIOL-L423 Brain, Behavior and Evolution (3 cr.)2
    • SPEA-E457 Conservation Biology (3 cr.)
    • SPEA-E460 Fisheries and Wildlife Management (3 cr.)

  2. Mechanisms of Behavior Perspectives
    • ABEH-A401 Topical Issues in Animal Behavior (1-3 cr.)1
    • ANTH-B340 Hormones and Human Behavior (3 cr.)
    • BIOL-L340 Biological Bases of Sex Differences (3 cr.)2
    • BIOL-L423 Brain, Behavior and Evolution (3 cr.)2
    • BIOL-Z463 Comparative Neurobiology of Animal Behavior (3 cr.)
    • BIOL-Z466 Endocrinology (3 cr.)
    • PHSL-P416 Comparative Animal Physiology (3 cr.)
    • PSY-P326 Behavioral Neuroscience (3 cr.) OR PSY P346 Neuroscience (3 cr.)
    • PSY-P411 Neural Bases of Learning and Memory (3 cr.)2

  3. Environmental/Developmental/Cognitive Perspectives
    • ABEH-A401 Topical Issues in Animal Behavior (1-3 cr.)1
    • ANTH-B200 Bioanthropology (3 cr.)
    • ANTH-E200 Social and Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.)
    • ANTH-L200 Language and Culture (3 cr.)
    • BIOL-L317 Developmental Biology (3 cr.)
    • COGS-Q240 Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive Science (3 cr.)
    • COGS-Q301 Brain and Cognition (3 cr.)
    • PHIL-P360 Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind (3 cr.)
    • PSY-P325 Psychology of Learning (3 cr.)
    • PSY-P327 Psychology of Motivation (3 cr.)
    • PSY-P411 Neural Bases of Learning and Memory (3 cr.)
    • PSY-P416 Evolution and Ecology of Learning
    • PSY-P444 Developmental Psychobiology (3 cr.)
    • LING-L214 or LING-L210 Animal Communication (3 cr.)3
1Topic of ABEH-A401 must be in appropriate perspectives area.
2Course may be counted in only one perspectives area.
3Only Animal Communication Section of L210 fulfills this requirement.

Mathematics Courses (2 courses/6-7 cr.)

  1. Mathematics (choose 1)
    • MATH-M119 Brief Survey of Calculus (3 cr.)
    • MATH-M211 Calculus I (4 cr.)

  2. Statistics (choose 1)
    • LAMP-L316 Analytical Problem Solving (3 cr.)
    • MATH-K300 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.)
    • PSY-K300 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.)
    • PSY-K310 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.)
    • SPEA-K300 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.)
    • SPEA-K310 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.)
    • STAT-S300 Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods (4 cr.)
    • STAT-S303 Statistics for the Life Sciences (3 cr.)
    • STAT-K310 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.)
    • STAT-S320 Introduction to Statistics (3 cr.)

Ethics (1 course/3 cr.)

  • PHIL-P140 Introduction to Ethics (3 cr.)
  • PHIL-P242 Applied Ethics (3 cr.)
  • PHIL-P393 Biomedical Ethics (3 cr.)
  • Topical Courses in Ethics in History and Philosophy of Science Department

Laboratory Courses
Students must choose at least 2 Formal Laboratory Courses, plus a third or 3 credit hours of Supervised Research.

Formal Laboratory Courses

  • Anthropology
    • ANTH-B301 Laboratory in Bioanthropology (3 cr.)

  • Biology
    • BIOL-L113: Biology Laboratory (3 cr.) or BIOL H-112 Integrated Freshman Learning Experience II (5 cr.)
    • BIOL-Z373 Entomology
    • BIOL-Z374 Invertebrate Zoology (3 cr.)
    • BIOL-L376 Biology of Birds (4 cr.)
    • BIOL-Z406 Vertebrate Zoology (5 cr.)
    • BIOL-L433 Tropical Biology (3 cr.)
    • BIOL-P451 Integrative Human Physiology (4 cr.)
    • BIOL-L474 Field and Lab Ecology (2 cr.)
    • BIOL-L465 Advanced Field Biology (3 cr.)
    • BIOL-Z469 Endocrinology Laboratory (2 cr.)
    • BIOL-Z476 Biology of Fishes (4 cr.)

  • Psychology
    • PSY-P426 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience (3 cr.)

  • SPEA
    • SPEA-E461 Fisheries and Wildlife Management Laboratory (3 cr.)
    • SPEA-E455 Limnology (3 cr.)


Supervised Research/Internship
  • Animal Behavior
    • ABEH-A495 Animal Behavior Internship

  • Anthropology
    • ANTH-A406 Fieldwork in Anthropology
    • ANTH-A408 Museum Practicum in Anthropology
    • ANTH-A496 Field Study in Anthropology

  • Biology
    • BIOL-L490 Research in Biology

  • Chemistry
    • CHEM-C409 Research in Chemistry

  • Cognitive Science
    • COGS-Q493 Research in the Cognitive and Information Sciences
    • COGS-Q495 Project in the Cognitive and Information Sciences
    • COGS-Q498 Readings in the Cognitive and Information Sciences
    • COGS-Q499 Honors Research Project in the Cognitive and Information Sciences

  • Physics
    • PHYS-S406 Research in Physics

  • Psychology
    • PSY-P493 Research in Psychology
    • PSY-P494 Research in Psychology
    • PSY-P499 Honors Thesis Research



Minor

Students must complete six courses (minimum of 17 credit hours; most course choices will result in more than 17 credit hours).

1. Students must complete two introductory courses, choosing one course from two of the following departments:

Anthropology

  • ANTH-B 200 Bioanthropology (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-E 200 Social and Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-L 200 Language and Culture (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-P 200 Introduction to Archaeology (3 cr.)

Biology

  • BIOL-L 111 Foundations of Biology: Diversity, Evolution, and Ecology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 112 Foundations of Biology: Biological Mechanisms (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-E 111 Basic Biology by Examination I (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-E 112 Basic Biology by Examination II (3 cr.)

Psychological and Brain Sciences

  • PSY-P 101 Introductory Psychology I (3 cr.)
  • PSY-P102 Introductory Psychology II (3 cr.)
  • PSY-P106 General Psychology, Honors (4 cr.)
  • PSY-P155 Introduction to Psychological and Brain Sciences (3 cr.)

2. Students must also complete the following course in animal behavior:

  • BIOL-Z 460 Animal Behavior (3 cr.)

3. Students must complete one course from two of the following categories, representing core courses for studying animal behavior:

Evolution

  • ANTH-B 368 Evolution of Primate Social Behavior (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 318 Evolution (3 cr.) or BIOL S318 Evolution, Honors (4 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 340 Biological Basis of Sex Differences (3 cr.)*
  • BIOL-L 369 Heredity, Evolution, and Society (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 423 Brain, Behavior, and Evolution (3 cr.)*

Learning and Development

  • PSY-P 325 Psychology of Learning (3 cr.)
  • PSY-P 411 Neural Bases of Learning and Memory (3 cr.)*
  • PSY-P 416 Evolution and Ecology of Learning (3 cr.)
  • PSY-P 444 Developmental Psychobiology (3 cr.)

Mechanism

  • BIOL-L 311 Genetics (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 340 Biological Basis of Sex Differences (3 cr.)*
  • BIOL-L 423 Brain, Behavior, and Evolution (3 cr.)*
  • BIOL-Z 463 Comparative Neurobiology of Animal Behavior (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-Z 466 Endocrinology (3 cr.)
  • PSY-P 326 Behavioral Neuroscience (3 cr.) or PSY-P 346 Neuroscience (3 cr.)
  • PSY-P 411 Neural Bases of Learning and Memory (3 cr.)*
  • PSY-P 469 Stress Effects on Brain and Behavior (3 cr.)

* Course may be used to fulfill only one core area requirement.

4. Students must complete at least one additional upper-level course related to animal behavior. Many courses are possible, including any of the 300- or 400-level courses listed above in the core categories or any of the following:

Animal Behavior

  • ABEH-A 495 Animal Behavior Internship (1-6 cr.)
  • ABEH-A 401 Topical Issues in Animal Behavior (1-3 cr.)

Anthropology

  • ANTH-B 301 Laboratory in Bioanthropology
  • ANTH-B 466 The Primates (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-P 425 Faunal Osteology (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-P 426 Problems in Zooarcheology (3 cr.)

Biology

  • BIOL-L 317 Developmental Biology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 376 Biology of Birds (4 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 377 Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 433 Tropical Biology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 465 Advanced Field Biology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 473 Ecology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 474 Field and Laboratory Ecology (2 cr.)
  • BIOL-Z 373 Entomology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-Z 374 Invertebrate Zoology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-Z 375 Invertebrate Zoology Lab (2 cr.)
  • BIOL-Z 406 Vertebrate Zoology (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-Z 476 Biology of Fishes (3 cr.)

Cognitive Science

  • COGS-Q 301 Brain and Cognition (3 cr.)

Psychological and Brain Sciences

  • PSY-P 315 Developmental Psychology (3 cr.)
  • PSY-P 327 Psychology of Motivation (3 cr.)
  • PSY-P 410 Development of the Brain and Behavior (3 cr.)
  • PSY-P 426 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience (3 cr.)
  • PSY-P 444 Developmental Psychobiology (3 cr.)


Area Certificate

A student may earn a certificate as part of completing the bachelor's degree and in addition to completing requirements for a major. Students may be awarded either the minor or the Certificate in Animal Behavior.

In order to complete the certificate, the student must complete the following in addition to the requirements for the minor:

  • One additional course from the upper-level course list from requirement 4 of the minor, or a field biology course approved by the Program in Animal Behavior director.
  • At least 3 credit hours of internship or independent research, including the submission of a written thesis in animal behavior, anthropology, biology, or psychology:

Animal Behavior

  • A495 Animal Behavior Internship (3 cr. minimum)

Anthropology

  • A406 Fieldwork in Anthropology (3 cr. minimum)
  • A408 Museum Practicum (3 cr. minimum)
  • A496 Field Study in Anthropology (3 cr. minimum)

Biology

  • L490 Individual Study (3 cr. minimum)

Psychological and Brain Sciences

  • P493 Supervised Research I (3 cr. minimum)
  • P494 Supervised Research II (3 cr. minimum)