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Comparative Animal Behavior

The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2019-2020 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Program Option

Comparative Animal Behavior Concentration

Psychology and Neuroscience department web site


Program Overview

The Comparative Animal Behavior concentration offers a coherent interdisciplinary program of study intended to prepare students for employment or advanced study in fields including components of the behavoir of nonhuman animals. These fields include – but are not limited to – psychology, ethology, neuroscience, veterinary medicine, conservation biology. All students are encouraged to seek laboratory and field experiences in addition to required course work.


Comparative Animal Behavior Concentration

The concentration requires a total of 27 credits, at least 15 of which cannot be counted toward any other major, minor, or concentration.

Course Credits
Required Courses 15
BIO 013, 013L - General/Pre-professional Biology II (with lab) 4
BIO 114, 114L - Evolution (with lab) 4
PSY 001 - Introduction to Psychology 4
PSY 024/BIO 025 - Animal Behavior 3
Electives - select one from each cluster 12-16
Cluster 1 - Molecular Determinants of Behavior  
BIO 105 - Introduction to Genetics 3
BIO 129, 129L - Mammalian Physiology with lab 5
PSY 127/BIO 107/NSCI 127 - Behavior Genetics 3
Cluster 2 - Biological Determinants of Behavior  
BIO 176 - Neurophysiology 3
PSY 122 - Sensation and Perception 3
PSY 123 - Biological Bases of Behavior 4
PSY 128 - Hormones and Behavior 3
Cluster 3 - Comparative Analysis of Behavior  
PSY 026 - Human Evolutionary Psychology 3
PSY 126 - Comparative Psychology 3
PSY 129 - Primate Cognition 3
Cluster 4 - Ecological Factors  
BIO 098 - Introduction to Primatology 3
BIO 117 - Ecology 3
BIO 125/ENSP 135 - Conservation Biology 4
Total 27

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