Animal Behavior Online Undergraduate Course

BIOL 301
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May 25 - June 28, 2020

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Continuing Education Units

4.5 CEUs

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.

Unity College Flagship equivalency = BI 3173 Animal Behavior: The Evolution, Ecology, and Social Behavior of Animals. Current Unity College Students should enroll for classes through their student portal. Go to: > CAMS Student Portal > and choose the term date 2020-SU1A-5W.  

Animal Behavior: The Evolution, Ecology, and Social Behavior of Animals Course Description

3 Credit Hours

Animal Behavior is an exciting and fascinating scientific discipline. In this course, students will study why animals behave as they do. Students will also have to discard many of your former ideas about animal behavior. Students 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 investigate the relationships between animals and their physical environment as well as between other organisms, and you will study how animals find and defend resources, avoid predators, choose mates and reproduce, and care for their young.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:
1. Describe and understand how genetic factors influence animal behavior particularly regarding how genetic differences affect behavioral development and alternate phenotypes.
2. Describe and understand the role of the environment (learning and experience) on the development of animal behavior.
3. Describe and understand how genetic factors and the environment affect the development of animal behavior, particularly regarding the interactive theory of development.
4. Evaluate and critique published research in animal behavior.
5. 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.
6. Use primary scientific literature, analyze the research on a selected topic to explore the relationships revealed by multiple studies regarding a specific area of animal behavior research.
7. Construct and present an oral presentation communicating the most important results and conclusions from the primary scientific literature regarding a selected topic in animal behavior.

Prerequisites for Unity College Students: BI 1114
Prerequisites for Non-Unity Students:
College-level science class

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