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APSC 5154: Behavioral Biology of Domesticated Animals

Concentration: Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare
Credits: 3 graduate credit(s)


Behavioral biology of domesticated animals. Biological underpinnings of behavior explored through fields of neurobiology, endocrinology, behavioral genetics, epigenetics, and population genetics. Specific processes that affect development of personality (intrauterine effects, maternal care, socialization, trauma). Domestication from anthropological, biological, and genetic perspectives.

Learning Objectives

Having successfully completed this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast domestication from a biological, behavioral, historical, and genetic standpoint.
  2. Analyze personality and environment in terms of both classic and recent research studies of animal behavior.
  3. Synthesize the biological underpinnings of behavior from neurological, hormonal, behavioral genetics, epigenetics, population genetics, chaos/reductionism perspectives.
  4. Analyze effects of different processes (intrauterine effects, maternal care, socialization, trauma) on juvenile animal behavior and adult temperament
  5. development.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Graduate Standing


Jessica Hekman