Program Overview

The Animal Behavior option will provide students with skills necessary to enter professions or graduate studies related to animal behavior and welfare, service and therapy with animals, or other animal care or industry positions that include a behavior management component. Courses chosen are consistent with accepted curriculum for animal behaviorists and provide a solid foundation to those working towards related certifications.

Scope of Base Animal Science Program

  • Baccalaureate core: 48 credits plus a Writing Intensive Course (WIC) of at least 3 credits
  • Animal Science Core: 34 credits
  • Animal Industry: 6 credits
  • Animal Production: 6 credits
  • Advanced Animal Behavior, BioHealth, Management & Judging: 6
  • General science, math & statistics: 34 credits
  • Agribusiness: 4 

Option Outline

  • ANS 341. Animal Behavior and Cognition (3)
  • ANS 435. Applied Animal Behavior (3)
  • ANS 441. Topics in Animal Learning (3)
  • PSY 201. *General Psychology (3)
  • PSY 202. *General Psychology (3)
  • PSY 301. Research Methods in Psychology (4) or WR 362. *Science Writing (3)
  • PSY 330. Brain and Behavior (4)

At least 6 credits from the following:

  • ANS 401. Research (1–3)**
  • ANS 410. Animal Science Internship (1–3)**
  • FW/VMB 328. Wildlife Capture and Immobilization (2)
  • FW 475. Wildlife Behavior (4)
  • FW 481. Wildlife Ecology (4)
  • PSY 340. Cognition (4)
  • PSY 432. Physiological Psychology (4)
  • PSY 454. Cognitive Development (4)
  • PSY 456. Social Development (4)
  • RNG 442. Rangeland-Animal Relations (4)
  • Z 350. Animal Behavior (3)

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