Biology Concentration for Major Program

 

Animal Behaviour

 

Understanding the diverse ways in which animals navigate their physical and social environments and process information to maximize survival and reproductive success constitutes the subject matter of behaviour.

Multiple approaches are used to study these questions, frequently employed together. Some focus on the ecological consequences and determinants of animal behaviour, linking behaviour and environment. Others focus on the physiological, neural, genetic, and developmental mechanisms of behaviour, and still others on the evolution of behaviour. Consequently, many courses from the fields of ecology, evolutionary biology, neurobiology, psychology and anthropology will be relevant. Some courses that focus on a particular taxonomic group such as birds (Natural Resource Sciences WILD 420), amphibians and reptiles (BIOL 427) and marine mammals (BIOL 335) include a significant amount of material on behaviour as well.

KEY COURSES:
Credits
Department
Courses Course Title
3
Biology
BIOL 304
Evolution
3
 
BIOL 305
Animal Diversity
3
 
BIOL 306
Neural Basis of Behaviour
3
 
BIOL 307
Behavioural Ecology
3
 
BIOL 320
Evolution of Brain and Behaviour
3
 
BIOL 331
Ecology/Behaviour Field Course
3
 
OR BIOL 334D1/D2
Applied Tropical Ecology
   
OR another field course with a significant behavioural component
3
 
BIOL 373
Biometry
3
 
BIOL 507
Animal Communication
OTHER SUGGESTED COURSES:
3
 
BIOL 377
Independent Reading Project
3
 
BIOL 466
Independent Research Project 1
3
 
BIOL 467
Independent Research Project 2
6
 
BIOL 468D1/D2
Independent Research Project 3
9
 
BIOL 469D1/D2
Independent Research Project 4


Please go to http://biology.mcgill.ca/undergrad/majorprog.html for general information on the Biology Major Program.

Concentration advisors are listed on the following page: http://biology.mcgill.ca/undergrad/concadv.html


Animal Behaviour | Biological Diversity & Systematics | Conservation Biology
Evolutionary Biology | Human Genetics | Molecular Genetics & Development
Neurobiology | Ecology