Animal Behavior Concentration - Interdisciplinary Studies Major

https://www.towson.edu/cla/departments/interdisciplinary/undergrad/interdisciplinary/animalbehavior/

Program Director: Dr. Mark Bulmer
Smith Hall 251
Phone: 410-704-4065
Email: mbulmer@towson.edu 

Program Director: Dr. Paul Pistell
Liberal Arts 2124
Phone: 410-704-3483
Email: ppistell@towson.edu

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 knowledge 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
BIOL 120
120L
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY [LECTURE]
and PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY [LAB]
4
or BIOL 201
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
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
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

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

First Year
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Core 1 (or Core 2)3Core 2 (or Core 1)3
Core 143Core 43
MATH 115 (Suggested Core 3)3Core 123
PSYC 101 (Core 6)3Elective3
Choose one of the following:4Choose one of the following:3-4
BIOL 120
120L (Core 7)
BIOL 202 (Core 8)
BIOL 201
 16 15-16
Second Year
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 2074Core 53
Core 113Core 93
Core 133Core 103
PSYC 2124Elective3
WMST 231 (Core 13)3PSYC 4603
 17 15
Third Year
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 2074BIOL 3714
Core / Elective3PSYC Elective 3
Core / Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
PSYC 314 or BIOL 3814Elective3
 17 16
Fourth Year
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 491, 493, IDIS 495, or PSYC 3913BIOL Elective3
Elective3BIOL Elective3
Elective3Elective3
PSYC Elective 3Elective3
 12 12
Total Units 120-121
  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.