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Graduate Study. The Ph.D. program in Animal Behavior is an interdepartmental program focusing on the mechanisms underlying and evolution of behavior, and applications of animal behavior to current problems in conservation biology and animal welfare. The program trains students for teaching and research in a variety of areas, including anthropology, animal science, ecology, entomology, neurobiology, psychology, physiology, veterinary science, wildlife biology, and zoology. Resources available to students, in addition to various departmental facilities, include those of the California National Primate Research Center, Bodega Marine Laboratory, and the UC Natural Reserve System.

There is an application deadline of Dec 1 for fall quarter.

Preparation. Appropriate preparation is a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a discipline relevant to the biology of behavior. In addition, at least one course from each of the following areas must be taken before admission into the program or before the end of the first year in the program.

Ecology: e.g., Evolution and Ecology 101, Environmental Science and Policy 100

Genetics: e.g., Biological Sciences 101

Statistics: e.g., Statistics 102 or Psychology 103

Evolution: e.g., Evolution and Ecology 100

Animal behavior: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 102

Physiology: e.g. Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 101

Core Requirements. Students take two “breadth” courses, at least one course in statistics, a methodology and grant writing course, and a graduate seminar. Required courses:

Fundamentals of Animal Behavior : Animal Behavior 218A and 218B

Methodology and Grant Writing: Animal Behavior 201

Advanced Statistics: Psychology 204A, 204B, 204C, or 204D, Statistics 106, 108, 138, 205, Agronomy 204, 206

Graduate Seminars: Animal Behavior 290

Strongly recommended: a course on teaching science: Biological Sciences 310, Psychology 390A, 390B

Electives: Students also take two additional courses (of at least 3 units each) in the student's area of specialization, chosen in consultation with and approved by the Course Guidance Committee.

Strongly recommended: at least one additional course in statistics or modeling. In addition to the above listed courses, modeling courses include Population Biology 231 and Psychology 120.

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