Comparative Animal Behavior|
|Certificates: Environmental Studies|
This course explores the scientific study of animal behavior. All animals face similar challenges and we will examine the common, and sometimes unique, behavioral strategies used to meet these challenges. There are two sorts of questions one might ask about the behavior of a given individual or species. First, how is that behavior executed? Second, why is that behavior, rather than another, exhibited? What is the adaptive significance of the behavior? To fully understand the behavior of any organism, both sorts of questions must be addressed. This course will introduce students to the many ways these questions are grappled with for a wide range of organisms. As such, this course will provide an overview of mechanistic, ecological, and evolutionary explanations of behavior.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: [BIOL182 or MB&B182] OR [BIOL196 or MB&B196] OR [NS&B213 or BIOL213 or PSYC240]
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(ENVS)(NS&B)(SISP)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Alcock, J., ANIMAL BEHAVIOR, AN EVOLUTIONARY APPROACH,9th ed.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three exams, one paper
|Instructor(s): Kirn,John Times: .M.W... 01:20PM-02:40PM; Location: SCIE201; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 14||JR major: 14|| || |
|Seats Available: 3||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 6||JR non-major: 6||SO: 0||FR: 0|