47.372 Comparative Psychology: Animal Behavior

Comparative Psychology: Animal Behavior

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5735
Status Active

Comparative psychology is a discipline that explores the behavior of animals, both human and non-human, using evolutionary theory as a unifying principle. The contributions of evolutionary pressures, genetics, development, learning, and social influence will be explored in variety of animal species and cross-species comparisons made where appropriate. Specific topics covered will include causes and development of behavior, control and organization of behavior, behavioral adaptations, mating systems and reproduction, parental care, defensive behaviors, aggression, foraging, communication, and animal cognition. Students will be required to take a fieldtrip during the course of the semester.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.