Biology | Ethology
Z460 | 13339 | Hurley, L
Course format: Lecture: 9:30A-10:45A, TR, JH 248
Requirements: Upperclass standing or consent of instructor.
Course description: This course will explore the incredible array of
behaviors that relate to the fundamental issues of survival and
reproduction common to all organisms. We will delve beneath the
surface to learn how behaviors are generated, what functions behaviors
serve, and what conditions allow them to evolve, with an emphasis on
the comparative study of many different species within their natural
settings. Questions addressed in the course will include: What
mechanisms underlie escape behaviors? Why do similar social structures
evolve in animals as diverse as insects and mammals? What balances of
heredity and environment shape behavior? In the process of answering
these and other questions, we will learn how the scientific study of
behavior is conducted.
Required Text: “Animal Behavior: Mechanisms, Ecology, Evolution”,
fifth edition by Drickamer, et al.
Typical weekly assignments: in-class exercises/ homework assignments