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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18

BIOL 68 Advanced Animal Behavior

Behavioral sciences are extremely broad and the study of animal behavior requires an interdisciplinary approach that integrates psychology, ecology, evolutionary biology, neural science and the underpinnings of learning and memory science. We will draw on each of these fields as we explore topics ranging from signaling and cognition to mating behaviors and sexual selection to foraging and optimality theory. We will consider how proximate and ultimate causality structure behavior throughout the animal kingdom. Thus, the course will take an evolutionary approach to understand behavior in vertebrates and insects and other invertebrates; in fresh water and marine systems, and in terrestrial groups. Students must complete an independent project and write a scientific paper. The project will include field and/or laboratory components and will involve generating and testing a novel hypothesis in one area of animal behavior. Each student will collect original data, perform the appropriate statistical tests, and write up an independent scientific paper. No student may receive course credit for both BIOL 27 and BIOL 68.  Offered in alternate years. 


R. Calsbeek


BIOL 22, or 24, or 28, or 29 and instructor permission.

Distributive and/or World Culture


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