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Principles of Animal Behavior and Human Activity


Students:      10

Open to DVM Students for Fall 2020

Credit:    .5

Contact:      Seana Dowling-Guyer (, (508) 887- 4555 (x84555)

Description: Tuesdays, 3-5pm in Varis Lecture Hall (VLH). First class on Tuesday, September 8             

In this course, we will explore how human-directed activities have impacted animal behavior in both positive and negative ways.  Core principles of animal behavior will be reviewed in light of anthropogenic effects on animal behavior, adaptations, evolution, and survivability.  We will review scientific methods for studying animal behavior and critically examine scientific studies.  Students will develop an ethogram for a species of their choice, explore the impact of anthropogenic activities in a sourced research paper, and design a research project to investigate some aspect of human-influenced animal behavior.  This course is suitable for students new to the study of animal behavior as well as those who have taken prior coursework related to animal behavior.  The course will feature outside speakers as well as faculty- and student-led discussions.


Assignments will be modified for the DVM students to match the 40 hour selective requirement ( .5 credit selective)

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