School of
Integrative Biology

Undergraduate Academic Programs

Certificate in Animal Behavior

The Certificate in Animal Behavior, jointly administered by the School of Integrative Biology and the Department of Psychology, allows undergraduates to obtain recognition for completing coursework that provides a foundational understanding of the study of Animal Behavior. The courses included provide an understanding of both the proximate (e.g., genetic, neural, hormonal mechanisms) and ultimate (e.g., evolutionary reasons) bases of behavior.

For completion of the certificate, students must do the following:
  1. Declare their intention to complete the certificate and develop a plan of study in by completing the online form.
  2. Earn at least twelve hours of coursework selected from the list below.
  3. Complete the online checklist no later than the final day of classes in the student’s final term to affirm that the requirements for the certificate have been met.

Students completing the certificate will be presented with an official certificate document. Although the certificate will not appear on a student’s transcript, students will be free to use this credential on any resumé or application for advanced study.

  • Students are not guaranteed a seat in a course required by the certificate but are welcome to enroll in courses where seats are available after any restriction, which may have been placed, has been removed.
  • Courses selected may not be used to satisfy requirements of more than one Psychology or IB Certificate.

Certificate in Animal Behavior requirements:

Students are encouraged to take one course in each of IB and Psychology.

Course List for the Certificate in Animal Behavior1
  • IB 329/PSYC 329 Animal Behavior
  • IB 430 Animal Behavior Lab
  • IB 431 Behavioral Ecology
  • IB 432/PSYC 432 Genes and Behavior
  • IB 390 Undergraduate Research Experience
  • IB 490 Independent Study
  • PSYC 210 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC 302 Applied Neuroscience
  • PSYC 311 Behavioral Neuroscience Lab
  • PSYC 408 Human Behavior Genetics
  • PSYC 413 Psychopharmacology
  • PSYC 414 Brain, Learning and Memory
  • PSYC 417 Neuroscience of Eating and Drinking
  • PSYC 433/IB 436 Evolutionary Neuroscience
  • PSYC 290 Research Experience in Psych
  • PSYC 494 Advanced Research in Psych

1 Additional prerequisite courses may be required.