Program Overview

The Animal Behavior option will provide students with skills necessary to enter professions or graduate studies related to animal behavior and welfare, service and therapy with animals, or other animal care or industry positions that include a behavior management component. Courses chosen are consistent with accepted curriculum for animal behaviorists and provide a solid foundation to those working towards related certifications.

Scope of Base Animal Science Program

  • Baccalaureate core: 48 credits plus a Writing Intensive Course (WIC) of at least 3 credits
  • Animal Science Core: 34 credits
  • Animal Industry: 6 credits
  • Animal Production: 6 credits
  • Advance Animal Behavior, Biohealth, Management & Judging: 6
  • General science, math & statistics: 34 credits
  • Agribusiness: 4 

Option Outline

  • ANS 341. Animal Behavior and Cognition (3)
  • ANS 435. Applied Animal Behavior (3)
  • ANS 441. Topics in Animal Learning (3)
  • PSY 201. *General Psychology (3)
  • PSY 202. *General Psychology (3)
  • PSY 301. Research Methods in Psychology (4) or WR 362. *Science Writing (3)
  • PSY 330. Brain and Behavior (4)

At least 6 credits from the following:

  • ANS 401. Research (1–3)**
  • ANS 410. Animal Science Internship (1–3)**
  • FW/VMB 328. Wildlife Capture and Immobilization (2)
  • FW 475. Wildlife Behavior (4)
  • FW 481. Wildlife Ecology (4)
  • PSY 340. Cognition (4)
  • PSY 432. Physiological Psychology (4)
  • PSY 454. Cognitive Development (4)
  • PSY 456. Social Development (4)
  • RNG 442. Rangeland-Animal Relations (4)
  • Z 350. Animal Behavior (3)

Animal Science Minor

Select a minimum of 12 credits from any lower-division ANS courses.
And select a minimum of 15 credits from any upper-division ANS courses.

Career Paths

  • Animal Care Specialist
  • Zoo Keeper
  • Animal Trainer
  • Working Animal Handler
  • Park Naturalist
  • Research Assistant
  • Educational work with therapy and service animals
  • Fish & Wildlife technicians
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Veterinarian (after advanced degree)
  • Animal Behaviorist (after advanced degree)
  • Companion Animal Nutritionist (with advanced training) 

Interesting Tidbits

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Student Profile

 
Kristyn Vitale - PhD Candidate with Monique Udell in the Human-Animal Interaction Lab

Kristyn’s thesis research involves kitten training and socialization. She wants to see what influence this class has on the cats and their relationships with their owners. Half of the cats are control kittens (no training classes) and the other half participate in the classes and in-home visits. Over 60 kittens between the ages of 3-8 months have participated so far. The hypothesis is that kittens that have taken the class will be better at picking up on social cues and have a stronger bond to their owner.  More...

 

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