Animal Behavior
Offered by the Biology, and Psychology departments.

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.

Related Departments

For further information contact Kathleen Morgan at or (508) 286-3934.

Minor requirements

Animal Behavior minor worksheet

The minor in animal behavior consists of minimum five courses.

Required courses

PSY 226 or BIO 226 Comparative Animal Behavior
PSY 348 Laboratory in Animal Communication and Cognition

Two of the following courses
PSY 203 Child Development
PSY 211 Learning and Memory
PSY 225 Brain, Mind and Behavior
BIO 211 Genetics
BIO 215 Ecology
BIO 252 Parasitology and Symbiosis
BIO 255 Vertebrate Evolution and Anatomy
BIO 290 Biology of Whales
BIO 291 Introduction to Marine Mammals

One of the following courses
PSY 312 Perception
PSY 337 Practicum in Psychological Research
PSY 341 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience
BIO 303 Evolution
BIO 320 Evolution of Invertebrates
BIO 375 Ornithology
BIO 390 Biology of Fishes


For further information contact Kathleen Morgan at or (508) 286-3934.


Kathleen Morgan

Associate Professor of Psychology