Animal Behavior Concentration/Interdisciplinary Studies Major

http://www.towson.edu/idis/animalbehavior

Office

Smith Hall 251, 410-704-4065
Liberal Arts 2124, 410-704-3483

The Program

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)
BIOL 120
120L
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY [LECTURE]
and PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY [LAB]
4
or BIOL 201 INTRODUCTION TO CELL BIOLOGY AND GENETICS
BIOL 202INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION4
or BIOL 413 EVOLUTION
BIOL 207GENERAL ZOOLOGY4
BIOL 371ANIMAL BEHAVIOR4
PSYC 101INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 212BEHAVIORAL STATISTICS4
PSYC 314RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY3-4
or BIOL 381 WRITING IN THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
PSYC 460ETHOLOGY AND COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY3
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: 15-8
INVERT ZOOLOGY
GENERAL ECOLOGY
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
ORNITHOLOGY
MAMMALOGY
ENTOMOLOGY
HERPETOLOGY
DIR READ:BIOL
Psychology Electives (4-6 Units)
Select a minimum of two of the following: 14-6
PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING
PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY
MOTIVATION
SENSATION AND PERCEPTION
ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
READINGS IN PSYCHOLOGY 2
SEX DIFFERENCES: PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES
PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
ADVANCED EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN
SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY 1
Total Units41-47
1

Students should consult this catalog for course prerequisites and discuss all course selections with their advisers.

2

Must be approved by coordinator.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Please contact your major department for more information. 

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.