2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    Mar 21, 2023  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

BIOL 1160 - Biology of Behavior

Goals: To engage non-science majors in exploring how the behavior of animals is shaped by their environments, genetics, and evolutionary history. To develop skills in oral communication, computer use, and the scientific method by designing and conducting experiments. To foster a sense of wonder and curiosity about the behavior of animals.

Content: An exploration of animal behavior. This course will introduce the process of scientific inquiry while investigating how and why animals have developed their particular solutions to problems of life such as finding food, shelter, and mates, avoiding predators and disease, and producing offspring. Topics will include fundamental principles of evolution, genetics, sensory physiology, and behavioral ecology as ways to explore the causes of behavior and why different behavior patterns have evolved in various kinds of animals. Labs will focus on developing and testing student-generated research questions.

Taught: Occasionally, winter or summer term

Prerequisites: None

Credits: 4