Animal Behavior Concentration/Interdisciplinary Studies Major
Smith Hall 251, 410-704-4065
Liberal Arts 2124, 410-704-3483
The study of animal behavior has received an increasing amount of attention from the public because of the emphasis placed by zoological parks on behavioral biology and the large number of presentations in the media regarding animal behavior and sociobiology.
The Animal Behavior Concentration is designed to offer a solid foundation in the diverse approaches used to study behavioral biology. The program uses a carefully selected combination of courses in biology and psychology to achieve this goal. In addition, students are required to complete either an independent research project or an internship in order to apply their knowl¬edge in an intensive research experience.
Students who complete the program may be qualified for positions at zoological parks, aquariums and nature centers. In addition, they will have the necessary technical knowledge to pursue a career in freelance writing about animal behavior. However, students who are considering attending graduate school will need to complete additional courses in either biology or psychology. Most of the students currently enrolled in the program are also majoring in either Biology or Psychology.
Students who are considering the Animal Behavior Concentration must meet with one of the program coordinators before declaring Interdisciplinary Studies as a major. Students who are also majoring or minoring in Psychology or Biology should contact the respective co-coordinator: Mark Bulmer (Biological Sciences), Paul Pistell (Psychology).
Requirements for the Concentration
The Animal Behavior Concentration requires students to complete 45 units with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. If 45 units have not been reached following completion of the required courses, the additional course or courses must be taken from the biology or psychology electives list (see below).
|Required Courses (32-33 Units)|
|PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY [LECTURE]|
and PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY [LAB]
|or BIOL 201||INTRODUCTION TO CELL BIOLOGY AND GENETICS|
|BIOL 202||INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION||4|
|or BIOL 413||EVOLUTION|
|BIOL 207||GENERAL ZOOLOGY||4|
|BIOL 371||ANIMAL BEHAVIOR||4|
|PSYC 101||INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY||3|
|PSYC 212||BEHAVIORAL STATISTICS||4|
|PSYC 314||RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY||3-4|
|or BIOL 381||WRITING IN THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES|
|PSYC 460||ETHOLOGY AND COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|ELECTIVE IN INDEPENDENT RESEARCH|
|INTERNSHIP IN BIOLOGY|
|INTERNSHIP IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES|
|DIRECTED RESEARCH EXPERIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY|
|Biology Electives (5-8 Units)|
|Select a minimum of two of the following: 1||5-8|
|Psychology Electives (4-6 Units)|
|Select a minimum of two of the following: 1||4-6|
|PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING|
|SENSATION AND PERCEPTION|
|READINGS IN PSYCHOLOGY 2|
|SEX DIFFERENCES: PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES|
|ADVANCED EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY 1|
Students should consult this catalog for course prerequisites and discuss all course selections with their advisers.
Must be approved by coordinator.
1) Students possess the ability to integrate knowledge and modes of thinking across two or more disciplines.
2) Students communicate effectively in the presentation of interdisciplinary materials through various modes of transmission.
3) Students conduct, analyze and apply research from two or more disciplines or through interdisciplinary research.