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BI 132 Intro Animal Behavior >3
Animal behavior, its evolutionary origins, and its neural mechanisms. Readings and films illustrate the adaptive nature of orientation, navigation, communication, and social behavior. Lectures, discussions.
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In this course we will explore behaviors found in a variety of animals and try to understand some of the mechanisms behind them, how they develop, their evolutionary history, and what functions they might serve. Examples will be used to illustrate concepts in animal behavior and serve to develop an appreciation for the many interesting things that animals do to survive and reproduce. We will also examine the methods with which scientists study these behaviors. By doing this, you will better understand how science works and become comfortable evaluating scientific information, a skill required by all people whether or not they pursue a career in the sciences.