Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior-Lecture
This is course is a synthesis of comparative psychology and ethology. As the name of the course implies, the student will study the behavior of animals. The student will first be introduced to the roles that evolution, genetics and neurophysiology play on behavior. Next the student will study specific areas in animal behavior -- migration, sexual behavior, communication, dominance, territoriality, predator x prey interactions, social behavior, sociobiology and behavioral ecology.

Animal Behavior-Laboratory
The student will work with a variety of small animals (fish, insects and lizards) studying such behaviors as -- dominance, aggression, territoriality, displays, grooming, predator x prey interactions, social and sexual behavior. Students will also conduct field studies at the Atlanta Outdoor Activity Center and at Zoo Atlanta. In addition, the human animal will be studied under field and laboratory conditions.

Course Objectives
The primary objective is to enhance the student's laboratory, and observational skills.

The second major objective is to improve the student's research design, problem solving and analytical skills.

 

The Amazons
Summer of 96, Ecuador