Animal Behavior Online Undergraduate Course

BI 3173
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June 4 – July 29, 2018

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Continuing Education Units

4.5 CEUs

Instructor: Dr. Jennifer AJ Feighny

Dr. Jennifer AJ Feighny holds a Ph.D. in Biological Education, and over the past 15+ years, has taught more than 20 different undergraduate and graduate traditional laboratory and lecture courses in traditional face-to-face and online settings.

Animal Behavior Course Overview

Animal behavior is the study of how and why animals do what they do– e.g., feed, mate, fight, cooperate and raise offspring. The study of animal behavior integrates the study of physiology, cognition, ecology and evolution to understand how organisms cope with their environment, including the social environment.

In this course, you will:

  • Discover why animals behave as they do
  • 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

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