This Intensive Theme course is designed for students who have a great interest in the learning more about animals in a zoo setting, or who wish to pursue a career in fields related to the study of Animal Behavior. It is offered during the Trimester 1 Intensive Theme, in November.
Intensive Theme Description:
Animal Behavior will allow students to go beyond Animal Planet to expand their knowledge of the behavior of animals both in theory and practice. We will work primarily in the setting of the Minnesota Zoo, and focus on the behavior of wild and captive animals in the Zoo’s collection. We will not be looking at the behavior of domestic animals such as dogs and cats; students interested in the behavior of such animals should consider taking the Animal Care course instead. Students will have the opportunity to talk with professionals currently studying animals as part of their careers.
- Learn about behaviors of animals
- Learn various methodologies for the study of animal behavior
- Learn how to collect and analyze both quantitative and qualitative observational data
- Learn about careers in animal behavior study
- Learn how zoos manage animal behavior
- Presentations by zookeepers and other professionals from the Minnesota Zoo and Como Zoo
- Behavioral observations of animals at the Minnesota Zoo
- Recording and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data collected in observations
- Construction of a project related to the animal studies at the Minnesota Zoo (such as an enrichment object)
- Prepare a presentation about the behavior of the animal studied, to be either displayed or presented at the Minnesota Zoo
- Field trip to the Como Zoo to compare behavioral management practices
- Readings by and about a variety of famous animal behaviorists
- Readings about various concepts in animal behavior study
Students who wish to participate in this intensive theme should:
- Want to increase their depth of knowledge about wild and captive animal behavior
- Be considering a career in fields related to Animal Behavior
- Be able to work independently and responsibly as they observe animals at the Minnesota Zoo
- Have curiosity about animals
- Be willing to observe animals for extended time periods, in the outdoors
This course has a fee. Please follow the link below to see the current fee.
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