Natural selection has created diversity in a variety of animal traits that aid in survival and reproduction. The behavioral patterns and strategies used by animals are major components of these adaptations. The theoretical foundations for the evolution of behavior are presented, including such topics as foraging, defense, aggression, dominance, cooperation, altruism, courtship, parental care, and communication. Techniques used in the study of animal behavior will be presented in the lab, and the student will conduct a small scale study on a locally available animal species.
Triad: Natural Science
Prerequisite: BIO 116 General Biology.