June 4 – July 29, 2018
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Continuing Education Units
Animal behavior is an exciting and fascinating scientific discipline. You will discover that most species do not see, hear, smell, or experience the world as we do. Animal behavior is the scientific study of everything animals do, whether the animals are single-celled organisms, invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, or mammals.
In this course, you will:
- Discover why animals behave as they do – and you will have to discard many of your former ideas about animal behavior.
- Investigate the relationships between animals and their physical environment as well as between other organisms.
- Study how animals find and defend resources, avoid predators, choose mates and reproduce, and care for their young.
By the end of the course you will:
- Learn how genetic factors influence animal behavior particularly regarding how genetic differences affect behavior development and alternate phenotypes.
- Understand the role of the environment (learning and experience) on the development of animal behavior.
- Be able to describe and understand the how genetic factors and the environment affect the development of animal behavior, particularly regarding the interactive theory of development.
- Create an ethogram from direct observations of a species’ behaviors by identifying and coherently describing the structural form of each behavior observed and classifying the behaviors into biologically relevant categories.
Animal Behavior Course Description
3 Credit Hours
This course deals with the study of genetics, physiology, and ecology of animal behavior in an evolutionary context. Behavioral adaptations are discussed with particular reference to their ecological significance.
Prerequisites for Unity College Students: BI 1114
Prerequisites for Non-Unity Students: College-level science class