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Biology
Course Description

BIO 144
Animal Behavior
Fall

This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of how and why animals behave in the ways in which they do. It will focus on understanding the development, mechanisms, ecological function, and evolutionary origins of behavioral traits. Topics include learning, neural and genetic mechanisms, hormonal actions, evolutionary adaptations, life history strategies, survival, foraging, habitat selection, communication, reproduction, sexual selection, mating systems, parental care, social behavior, cooperation, human behavior, and applied animal behavior.

Course Credit:
3

Instructor(s):
Jennifer Smith

Prerequisite:
BIO 001 and (BIO 002 or PSYC 049)

Note(s):
Student-led discussion of the primary literature is a major focus of this course and therefore requires that the class remains small to ensure high-quality discussions.

Meets the following Core Curriculum (or Gen Ed requirement(s)):
Meets the following Gen Ed requirement(s): Written Communication II, Meets the following Core Curriculum requirement(s): Critical Analysis, Written & Oral Comm II

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Last Updated: 6/23/17