Psychology 353 / Biology 353

PSYC 353: Comparative Behavior

Prerequisites: PSYC 121 and either BIOL 103 or BIOL 131.
Cross-Listed: BIOL 353

Credit Hours: (3)

Study of animal behavior from viewpoints of zoology, ethology and comparative psychology. Topics may include, but are not limited to, animal sensory capacities, motor capabilities and coordinating mechanisms; classification of behaviorial traits; analysis of instinctive behavior, learned behavior, social behavior, animal communications and evolutionary significance of social organization.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. Introduction
2. Sensory Systems
3. Nervous and Hormonal Systems
4. Locomotion
5. Orientation
6. Feeding
7. Reproduction
8. Parental Behavior
9. Social Organization
10. Special Topics
11. Laboratory Topics


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments many include in- class tests, a final examination, pop quizzes, the assignment and presentation of exercises, and projects, and class preparation and participation.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

9/01 Updated and put Alastair V. E. Harris in new format