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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PY 351 - Animal Behavior (3)

The course emphasizes an evolutionary approach to understanding behavior. Students learn key hypotheses regarding diverse behavioral strategies, such as group living, fighting and assessment, sexual selection, parental care, cooperation and altruism. Examples will be drawn from a wide range of taxa including insects, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Students will learn about experimental design and data interpretation, building quantitative skills and enhancing their understanding of the nature and limitations of science through a case study approach. They will also complete an independent research paper based on primary literature in the field.  Course material will include applications of behavioral theory to the management and conservation of wildlife. Ways in which evolutionary theory can inform our understanding of human behavior will also be discussed. This course includes an integrated lab.  Prerequisite: BI 112  or permission of instructor.  FA, odd years.