Animal Behavior (Minor)

Animal Behavior (Minor)

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What is animal behavior?

Want to learn more about why animals behave the way they do? This minor will introduce you to the ecology and evolution of animal behavior, while also giving you exposure to research methods and tools used in the field. You’ll gain practical experience while exploring topics such as animal cognition, communication and behavior-informed approaches to wildlife management. Combine this minor with a major such as biology, wildlife and conservation biology,psychology, or zoology to enhance your career options or prepare for advanced studies.

Why study animal behavior at UNH?

Our programs directly engage undergraduate students in research with our faculty, who are experts in a wide range of disciplines. Our research facilities include nine on-campus research labs, including the Integrative Animal Behavior and Ecoacoustics Laboratory and the Confocal Imaging Center, along with off-campus research sites such as the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, the Coastal Marine Lab and the Shoals Marine Laboratory. The program’s progressive and flexible curriculum, award-winning faculty and opportunities for hands-on research prepare students for success in both post-graduate degree programs and the workplace.

Potential career areas

  • Animal-assisted therapy
  • Animal care
  • Conservation biology
  • Education and outreach
  • Research
  • Veterinary practice
  • Wildlife and fisheries management
  • Wildlife rehabilitation


Leslie Curren

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Phone: (603) 862-5103
Office: Biological Sciences, Spaulding Hall Rm 260, Durham, NH 03824

Maria Shortt

Senior Administrative Assistant
Phone: (603) 862-4400
Office: Biological Sciences, Spaulding Hall Rm 232, Durham, NH 03824

Department of Biological Sciences
University of New Hampshire
Spaulding Hall
38 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-4400

Curriculum & Requirements

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 will also gain practical skills in the methods used to study animal behavior in laboratory and field settings.

Students must earn a grade of C- or better in all courses taken for the minor. No more than 8 credits taken for the minor may be used toward a student's major.

ZOOL 613Animal Behavior5
Minimum of 15 additional credits; At least two of the four electives must come from the Category I list below; the remaining courses may be from either Category I or Category II.
Category I:
NSB 727Animal Communication4
PSYC 720Animal Cognition4
ZOOL 726Conservation Behavior4
ZOOL 733Behavioral Ecology4
ZOOL 736Genes and Behavior4
ZOOL 777Neuroethology4
ZOOL 795Independent Investigations in Zoology1-4
MEFB 714Field Animal Behavior4
Category II:
AAS 421Large Animal Behavior and Handling Techniques2
BIOL 720Plant-Animal Interactions4
BMS 718Mammalian Physiology4
PSYC 512Psychology of Primates4
ZOOL 625Principles of Animal Physiology3
ZOOL 690Evolution4

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