Fall 2023

Animal Behavior

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-280


Ethan D. Clotfelter (Section 01)


Shaped by millions of years of evolution, animals have evolved myriad abilities to respond to their environment, their potential predators and prey, and members of their own species. This course examines animal behavior from both a mechanistic and a functional perspective. Drawing upon examples from a diverse range of taxa, and using articles from the primary scientific literature, we will discuss topics such as behavioral endocrinology, sexual selection and mating systems, animal communication, and kinship and cooperation. Four classroom hours per week.

Requisite: BIOL 181. Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Professor Clotfelter.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference given to biology majors and according to class year (seniors first, etc.)

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: reading primary literature and in-class written exams and/or individual oral exams.

BIOL 280 - LEC

Section 01
M 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM SCCE A013
W 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM SCCE A013

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Principles of Animal Behavior (3rd ed.) Norton, 2014 Dugatkin No required textbook; course will use a reading list of journal articles. Copies of Dugatkin text will be available at the Science Center reference desk. TBD


Other years: Offered in Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Fall 2022, Fall 2023, Fall 2024