This semester course is designed to introduce students to the major topics in animal behavior, or ethology, from a sociobiological point of view. It hopes to familiarize students with some general non-human behaviors such as territoriality, breeding behaviors, animal societies, and other predictable ways that animals interact with each other. We will study numerous species through videos or direct observation. As with other term courses, it combines theory with practice by doing labs and investigations on the topic. When possible, the course will study the animals living on campus. Students are expected to read articles and segments from textbooks dealing with social behaviors. There will be a major research project studying a specific species that students must complete and present in order to pass the course.
This course fulfills 1 credit of the life science requirement.
Open to: Juniors and seniors