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Bachelor of Science in Animal Behavior (ABEHBS)Animal Behavior Program

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.

Description

The Bachelor of Science in Animal Behavior includes courses from the different disciplines that study animal behavior, providing the interdisciplinary foundations students need to reflect on the consequences of different intellectual approaches to a single problem. The B.S. in Animal Behavior is particularly valuable for students interested in careers in animal biology and behavior (e.g. research and teaching, wildlife management and conservation, veterinary medicine, animal training, zoo management, etc.).

Students have opportunities to conduct their own independent research or gain hands-on experience in animal behavior through the CISAB internship program and/or supervised laboratory research in which they apply their newly-learned knowledge to real-world contexts such as zoos, museums, and wildlife rescue centers.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 38 credit hours (56 with Addenda Requirements), including the requirements listed below.

  1. Core Animal Behavior Courses.
    1. Introduction to Animal Behavior. One (1) course:
    2. Workshop in Animal Behavior. One (1) course:
    3. Advanced Workshop in Animal Behavior. One (1) course:
    4. Animal Behavior. One (1) course:
  2. Perspectives in Animal Behavior.
    1. Evolutionary/Ecological Perspectives. Two (2) courses:
      • (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 Perspectives. Two (2) courses:
      • (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 Perspectives. Two (2) courses:
      • (approved topic: "Introduction to the Chimpanzee")
      • (approved topic: "Evolution of Human Cognition")
      • INFO-I 400 Topics in Informatics
      • INFO-I 400 Topics in Informatics
  3. Formal Laboratory. Two (2) courses:
    • One of the following:
      • (approved topics: "Immune Response and Behavior"; "Field Ecology and Evolution"; "Behavioral Evolution")
    • (approved topic: "Immune Response and Behavior")
    • INFO-I 400 Topics in Informatics
    • SPEA-E 455 Limnology
    • SPEA-E 461 Fisheries and Wildlife Management Laboratory
  4. Supervised Research or Internship. Choose one of the following options:
    • Additional course from the Formal Laboratory List.
    • Animal Behavior Internship. Three (3) credit hours:
    • Supervised Research. Three (3) credit hours:
  5. Electives. Two (2) courses:
    • Additional courses from the Evolutionary/Ecological Perspectives list
    • Additional courses from the Mechanisms of Behavior Perspectives list
    • Additional courses from the Environmental/Developmental/Cognitive Perspectives list
    • Additional courses from the Formal Laboratory list
    • Additional courses from the Supervised Research or Internship list
    • Additional animal behavior-related courses with consent of the program
  6. Addenda Requirements*.
    1. Introductory Science.
      1. Foundations of Biology: Diversity, Evolution, and Ecology. One (1) course:
      2. Foundations of Biology: Biological Mechanisms. One (1) course:
      3. Introductory Psychology. One (1) course:
      4. Introductory Science Elective. Choose one of the following options:
        • Both of the following:
        • Both of the following:
          • One (1) Lecture course:
          • One (1) Laboratory course:
        • CSCI-A 110 Introduction to Computers and Computing
    2. Statistics. One (1) course:
      • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques
    3. Ethics. One (1) course:
  7. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Major Upper Division Courses. At least 18 credit hours in the major 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 major.
    4. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.

Notes

  • * Courses used to fulfill addenda requirements require a grade of C- or higher and do not count toward the Major GPA or Major Hours.

Bachelor of Science requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 36 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 2 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 2 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: Not required
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the first semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.

Most students must also succesfully complete the Indiana University Bloomington General Education program.