Majors, minors + certificates

Minor in Animal Behavior (ANBEHMIN)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 Minor in Animal Behavior provides an introduction to the study of behavior from multiple levels of analysis, including physiological, cognitive and developmental, and evolutionary approaches to the study of behavior.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 17 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introductory Courses. One (1) course:
  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")
      • (approved topic: "Immune Response and Behavior")
      • (approved topic: "Immune Response and Behavior")
      • SPEA-E 457 Introduction to Conservation Biology
      • SPEA-E 460 Fisheries and Wildlife Management
    2. Mechanisms of Behavior Perspective Courses. One (1) course:
      • (approved topics: "Genetics and Epigenetics of Behavior; The Social Brain"; "Sensory Ecology")
      • (approved topic: "Genetics of Behavior")
      • (approved topic: "Immune Response and Behavior")
      • (approved topic: "Immune Response and Behavior")
      • One of the following:
      • (approved topic: "The Social Brain")
      • PHSL-P 416 Comparative Animal Physiology
    3. Environmental/Developmental/Cognitive Perspective Courses. 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. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Minor Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the minor 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 minor.
    4. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.