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 of the Interdisciplinary Studies major 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.
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 also are majoring in either Biology or Psychology.
who are considering the Animal Behavior Concentration must meet with one of the
program directors before declaring Interdisciplinary Studies as a
Requirements for the Concentration
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.
Mark Bulmer (Biological
Sciences; Program Co-Director) 410-704-4065