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.
- 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.