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BIOL 316 Behavioral Ecology

This course covers the science of animal behavioral ecology. The content and methods of modern ecological research are emphasized. Students read research papers in the field of animal behavior and conduct field investigations, experiments and computer modeling. Many of the weekly labs take place outdoors. Intended for biology majors.


Special information

First day attendance is mandatory.
Note: Enrollment limited to Biology, Environmental Science and Life Science Teaching majors only, except by instructor permission.
5 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 24, 2013 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Explain and apply scientific knowledge in behavioral ecology, both theoretical and experimental, at the upper division level.
  • Read and interpret primary scientific literature in behavioral ecology.
  • Design, propose, conduct, interpret, and present the results of an independent laboratory or field experiment in this subject area.
  • Apply this experience with research methods in behavioral ecology at the level necessary for success in senior undergraduate research.
  • Demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills and competency with algebra and statistics at a level appropriate for graduates of a bachelor's degree program in biology.
  • Recall, explain and apply the concepts, knowledge and vocabulary of ecology, evolution and behavior at the level necessary for success in advanced study in this field.

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
01 Behavioral Ecology Asplen, Mark K Books for BIOL-316-01 Spring 2024 Course details for BIOL-316-01 Spring 2024