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BIOL 205
Introduction to Animal Behavior


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 60

AA Discipline: [Natural Sciences]

Lecture Hours:40    Lab Hours:20


Description
Study of the behavior and social organization of a variety of animal groups ranging from insects to primates; analysis of general principles of behavior modes; observation of animal behavior in the field and laboratory. Lab work required. Prerequisites: BIOL& 100, or BIOL& 160, or BIOL& 211, or BIOL 130.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of animal behavior.
  • Ability to read and understand primary literature articles in the field of animal behavior.
  • Conduct your own behavioral field studies (experimental design).
  • Identify proximate and ultimate questions and hypotheses to explain observed behaviors.
  • Use game theory to solve for the concept of the evolutionary stable strategy (ESS).
  • Discuss the evolution of different reproductive strategies (male and female) and mating strategies (e.g., monogamy, polygyny).
  • Explain the evolution of animal signals, why they evolve, and how they communicate.

  • Course Topics
  • Animal welfare and conservation
  • Historical persepctives of animal behavior
  • Behavior and Morphology
  • Habitat selection and migration
  • Foraging theory
  • Antipredator behavior
  • Game theory
  • Communication
  • Sexual selection
  • Mating systems
  • Proximate and ultimate causes of animal behavior
  • Parental care
  • Kinship
  • Cooperation
  • Human behavior
  • Applications of Animal Behavior

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    BIOL 205
    Spring 2014
    0802
    Matthew Stacey
    BIOL 205
    Spring 2014
    6868
    Cynthia Robinett
    BIOL 205
    Spring 2011
    6868
    Cynthia Gill


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
     
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    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.