Animal Behavior Minor

This minor is designed for students who are interested in learning more about animal behavior, including the mechanisms that underlie behaviors and the evolutionary forces that may have shaped them. Students must complete, and earn a grade of C- or better, in the following courses to qualify:

  • ZOOL 613 Animal Behavior
  • At least 15 additional credits of relevant coursework (~4 courses from the list below; courses are 4 credits unless otherwise noted parenthetically)
    • At least two of the four electives must come from the Category I list below; the remaining two courses may be from either Category I or Category II.

No more than 8 credits can be counted for both the student's major and the Animal Behavior minor (i.e., you may "double count" up to, but no more than, two courses).

If a student is interested in using a course that she/he feels is relevant but that is not included on the above list, s/he must seek permission from Dr. Leslie Curren in the Department of Biological Sciences (603-862-5103).

The Certification of Completion of Minor form is available here. This form should be completed at the beginning of your final semester at the University. Dr. Leslie Curren can approve and sign, both as major and minor advisor.

Required Course: ZOOL 613 Animal Behavior

Category I:

ZOOL 726 Conservation Behavior
ZOOL 733 Behavioral Ecology
ZOOL 736 Genes and Behavior
ZOOL 777 Neurobiology
PSYC 512 Psychology of Primates
PSYC 720 Animal Cognition
PSYC 731 Brain and Behavior
NSB 727  Animal Communication
MEFB 714 Field Animal Behavior (3 cr)

Category II:

ZOOL 625 Animal Physiology (3 or 5 cr)
ZOOL 690 Evolution
BMS 702 Endocrinology
BMS 718 Mammalian Physiology
NR 655 Vertebrate Biology
PSYC 521 Behavioral Analysis
AAS 225 Canine Learning Theory and Applications (3 cr)