BIOLOGY 130 - Animal Behavior
Section: 001
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Biology (BIOLOGY)
Department: LSA Biology
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS
Credit Exclusions:
Credit is granted for a combined total of 17 credits elected in introductory biology.
Cost:
50-100
Other Course Info:
F.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

  • Why are male cardinals brilliant red while females are dull brown?
  • Why do some ground squirrels emit alarm calls when a predator is nearby, thus drawing attention to themselves?
  • Why do lions commit infanticide?
  • Do animals lie?

These are just some of the questions you should be able to discuss by the end of this course.

This course in an introduction to the behavior of animals in their natural environment. Examples will be drawn from birds, mammals, insects, and humans.

Specific topics include:

  • sexual selection and mating behavior;
  • cooperation and conflict in animal families;
  • natural selection;
  • Darwinian medicine;
  • communication;
  • culture; and
  • behavioral development.

The goals are to:

  1. gain a background in the natural behavior of animals, and
  2. understand sexual, aggressive, and social behaviors from an evolutionary perspective.

Textbook: Animal Behavior, 9th edition, by John Alcock

Course Requirements:

There will be three hourly exams.

Class Format:

The course consists of lectures, discussions, and movies.

BIOLOGY 130 - Animal Behavior
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
28680
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5
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
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28681
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1
 
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Tu 1:30PM - 2:30PM
003 (DIS)
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28682
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
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28683
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0
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
005 (DIS)
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28684
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1
 
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
006 (DIS)
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28685
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W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
007 (DIS)
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28686
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W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
008 (DIS)
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28688
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
009 (DIS)
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28687
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0
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
010 (DIS)
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28689
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0
 
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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ISBN: 9780878939664
Animal behavior : an evolutionary approach, Author: John Alcock., Publisher: Sinauer Associates 10th ed.
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