Animal Behavior OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Biology Course by MIT on Animal Behavior

Published Feb 12, 2009

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Then check out the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's free OpenCourseWare, 'Animal Behavior.' This introductory online class is open to self-learners of all backgrounds. 'Animal Behavior' is part of a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science or Bachelor of Science in Biology curriculum.

Animal Behavior: Course Specifics

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Animal Behavior: Course Details

This online class discusses the evolution of animal behavior in relation to habitat, diet and mating practices. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers this free OpenCourseWare, which is based on lectures developed by Professor Gerald Schneider. Specific topics include how animals choose their territories and migration patterns in different species. Lectures explain different feeding behaviors, various predator avoidance mechanisms animals and reproduction. Lectures also explore the ways different kinds of animals may work together and how some animals use tools, including primates. There's a particular emphasis on comparative studies, such as between domestic cats and their wild counterparts. 'Animal Behavior' is part of a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science or Bachelor of Science in Biology curriculum.

No prerequisites are required for this course.

This free OpenCourseWare includes a syllabus, course calendar, annotated bibliography, PDFs of study questions and handouts, lecture notes, descriptions of assignments, study notes for the final exam and a complete set of lectures as mp3 files. To learn more, check out the 'Animal Behavior' course page.

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