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Bio 169: Animal Behavior
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Updated: February 11, 2018

Lecture: Monday, Wednesday 1pm to 2 pm (2 hours total)
Lab: Monday 2pm to 5pm (3 hours total)

This course is an introduction to the incredible world of animal behavior, in other words, why animals do the things that they do.

Prerequisite: BIO 1 or permission of instructor
Scheduling: next offered Spring 2018
Units: 3 units.

Syllabus: WordPerfect document PDF Word html updated for Spring 2018

Krebs and Davies 4th editionDawkinsTexts: Krebs, J.R., Davies, N. (2012) An Introduction to Behavioral Ecology. 4th Edition. Blackwell, Oxford. ISBN 978-1-4051-1416-5. Required


Dawkins, R. (1989) The Selfish Gene. (Updated Edition) Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 0-19-286092-5. Required.




Field Trip (February 4, 2018):

We have a field trip to Ano Nuevo to see the Elephant Seals, on Sunday, February 4th, 2018. This is a whole day trip and is required. It costs $7 per student. We will leave at 7:15am and get back around 7pm. Please plan your schedules accordingly. Yes, you have to go on this trip. If you do not go with us on Feb 4, you will have to go on your own and that will cost you close to $100 (gas, parking, park fee) if you can even get a reservation.

Term Paper

Handout, updated for Spring 2018

Sample term paper proposal

Behavior Project Ideas:

Critter Page: Here are some of the animals which we keep in the Department on a regular basis. Many of these make excellent subjects for behavioral experiments.


Topic Handouts

Video Tutorial (these are large files and take awhile to load)

Sample Output
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Graphing Using Excel wpd pdf video tutorial Excel spreadsheet


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