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Certificate in Animal Behavior (ANBEHACRT)Animal Behavior Program

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 requirements.


For students with primary interests in anthropology, biology, neuroscience, and other fields in the life sciences, the Certificate in Animal Behavior provides concentration in the study of behavior from multiple levels of analysis, including physiological, cognitive and developmental, and evolutionary approaches to the study of behavior. Unlike the minor in animal behavior, the certificate also requires hands-on experience in the form of an internship or supervised research in a faculty laboratory.

Certificate requirements

The certificate requires at least 23 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introductory Courses. One (1) course each from two (2) different departments, two (2) courses total:
    • Anthropology Courses
    • Biology Courses
    • Psychological and Brain Sciences Courses
  2. Introduction to Animal Behavior. One (1) course:
  3. Animal Behavior. One (1) course:
  4. Perspectives in Animal Behavior.
    1. Evolutionary/Ecological Perspective. One (1) course:
      • (approved topic: "Chimp Behavior: The Legacy of Jane Goodall")
      • SPEA-E 457 Introduction to Conservation Biology
      • SPEA-E 460 Fisheries and Wildlife Management
    2. Mechanisms of Behavior Perspective. One (1) course:
      • (approved topics: "Genetics and Epigenetics of Behavior; The Social Brain"; "Sensory Ecology")
      • (approved topic: "Genetics of Behavior")
      • One of the following:
      • (approved topic: "The Social Brain")
      • PHSL-P 416 Comparative Animal Physiology
    3. Environmental/Developmental/Cognitive Perspective. One (1) course:
      • (approved topic: "Evolution of Human Cognition")
      • INFO-I 216 Human, Animal, and Ai
      • INFO-I 414 Seminar in Animal-computer Interaction
  5. Internship or Independent Research. Three (3) credit hours:
    • (approved topics: "Immune Response and Behavior"; "Field Ecology and Evolution"; "Behavioral Evolution")
    • (approved topic: "Immune Response and Behavior")
    • INFO-I 390 Undergraduate Independent Study
  6. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Certificate Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Certificate Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the certificate.
    4. Certificate GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.