Academic Catalog

BIOL406 ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

Course Code: 2380406
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 6.0
Department: Biology
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. HAVVA DORU
Offered Semester: Spring Semesters.

Course Content

This course reviews conceptual and experimental approaches of ethnologists, experimental psychologists, and neurophysiologists to studies on animal behavior. Distinction between innate and learned behaviors is made. Control mechanisms over execution of various behaviors (including triggering stimuli, motivation, hormones, biorhythms) are discussed. Survey of such behaviors as spatial orientation and navigation, migration, habitat selection, social organization and communication, mating systems and parental care is presented.