Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Animal Behavior



Animal behavior examines the relationship between animals and their physical environment as well as with other organisms.

The study of animal behavior is the scientific study of everything that animals do, whether the animals are single-celled organisms, invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, humans, or other mammals. It involves the investigation of the relationship of animals to their physical environment as well as to other organisms, and includes topics such as how animals find and defend resources, avoid predators, choose mates and reproduce, and care for their young.

Students trained in this field go on to careers as animal trainers, veterinarians, zoo and aquarium personnel, wildlife filmmakers, wildlife management and conservation agents, and researchers both in labs and in the field. For more information about careers in animal behavior, visit the Animal Behavior Society.

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