Animal Behavior

The goal of this program is to provide an integrated approach to understanding animal behavior. Program objectives include an understanding of behavior from psychological, physical, evolutionary, and biological approaches. The faculty of the Departments of Biology, Psychology, and Biological Anthropology and Anatomy provide the opportunity for concentrating on a topic which has become too diverse for one perspective or discipline.

Students fulfilling the requirements of the Concentration in Animal Behavior will receive a note on their official transcript certifying successful completion of the Area of Concentration.

Area Advisors

Area Advisors Area Faculty

Dr. Peter Klopfer, Department of Biology
phone: 684-3991 e-mail: phk@acpub.duke.edu

Dr. Susan Alberts, Department of Biology
phone: 660-7272 e-mail: alberts@duke.edu

Alberts, C. Drea, K. Erickson, Glander, P. Holland, Klopfer, Nowicki, Pope, Staddon

 

Pre/Corequisites

Chemistry

  • CHEM 101DL Core Concepts in Chemistry OR
  • CHEM 110DL Honors Chemistry: Core Concepts in context OR
  • CHEM 21 General Chemistry Credit

AND

  • CHEM201DL Organic Chemistry

NOTE: CHEM 210DL and CHEM 202L are recommended for pre-med, pre-vet, biochem and pharm students.

Math

  • MATH 111L Laboratory Calculus I OR
  • MATH 121 Introductory Calculus I OR
  • MATH 21 Introductory Calculus I OR
  • BOTH MATH 105L/106L Laboratory Calculus and Functions I and II

AND

  • STA 102 Introductory Biostatistics OR
  • STA 101 (Data Analysis/Statistical Inference) or above OR
  • BIOLOGY 204 Biological Data Analysis (cannot double count as an elective)

Physics

  • PHYSICS 141L General Physics I OR
  • PHYSICS 151L Introductory Mechanics OR
  • PHYSICS 161L Introductory Experimental Physics I

NOTE: PHYSICS 142L is recommended for pre-med, pre-vet, biochem and pharm students.

Biology Major Requirements (10 Courses)

Gateway Courses

Biology Area Requirements

Select 1 course from EACH of the following three areas. Courses listed in more than one area may only be used to meet one area requirement.

Electives (5 Courses)

  • At least 3 of the 5 elective courses must be from the list below.
  • At least 3 elective courses must be listed or cross-listed in Biology at the 200-level or above
  • A max of 2 may be from the approved alternate electives list
Courses Courses
BIOLOGY 205 Marine Megafauna BIOLOGY 490S / 590S Special Topics (as approved by concentration area advisor)
BIOLOGY 224/PSY 275 Fundamentals of Neuroscience (B) BIOLOGY 546S Biology of Mammals
BIOLOGY 267 Behavioral Ecology BIOLOGY 559S Foundations of Behavioral Ecology
BIOLOGY 278LA Physiology of Marine Animals EVANTH 246 Sociobiology
BIOLOGY 293 / 493 Research Independent Study, as approved by area advisor EVANTH 334L Primate Field Biology
BIOLOGY 321D Primate Sexuality EVANTH 554L Methods in Primate Field Ecology
BIOLOGY 373LA Sensory Physiology and Behavior of Marine Animals  
BIOLOGY 376A Marine Mammals  

 

Lab Experience Requirement

Through your area menu and elective courses, you must take at least 2 full lab courses in addition to the gateway courses BIOLOGY 201L/202L. Courses must be at the 200 level or above. A maximum of 1 independent study may count as a lab course.

Capstone Course Requirement

You must take at least 1 full 400-level or higher biology 'Capstone' course or other approved capstone course. Independent study can count towards this requirement if it is a second semester continuation.