Course code:



MA - Intermediate/Advanced

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • ES - Environmental Science

Lab fee:


Typically offered:

Every other year

This course reviews how simple and stereotyped actions may be built into complex behaviors and even into apparently sophisticated group interactions.

Emphasis is placed on contemporary understanding of Darwinian selection, ethology, behavioral ecology, and sociobiology. There are two classes a week. Extensive readings are chosen from a text and articles from scientific and popular periodicals. Evaluations are based on participation in discussions and several quizzes.


A previous intermediate-level course in species zoology, and signature of the instructor.

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