BIO 359K - Principles of Animal Behavior

Course Number Course Title Semester Day & Time Instructor Course Fee Register
BIO 359K Principles of Animal Behavior Spring 2022 TTH 6:00PM - 7:30PM Blinda McClelland $850.00
Course Type:
Semester-Based Online

Everybody likes animal behavior! (At least, we all like watching shows on the Animal Planet.) Not everyone realizes, though, that animal behavior is the result of evolutionary principles, particularly natural and sexual selection acting on the anatomy and physiology of an animal’s body and brain. The study of animal behavior by humans has also evolved from simple beginnings at the dawn of human civilization until today’s rigorous examination of behavior in the context of neuroscience and ecology. This course is designed to put you in the academic shoes of the researchers behind the “animal planet” shows, as well as challenge you to begin thinking of the interactions among genetics, endocrinology, motivation, metabolism, life history, learning, neurobiology, sensory physiology and other elements that clearly contribute to the way an animal behaves. Animal behavior is fun; it is also a rigorous science, please be prepared to study. It is especially important that you don’t fall behind the narrated power points or readings for this course and that you watch and listen to each lecture and attend all the synchronous discussion sessions.

Date & Location:

This course is 100% online and includes live streaming video. Real-time participation is strongly recommended during scheduled meeting times; however, prerecorded lectures and class sessions will be made available for on-demand viewing.
First class day: Tuesday, January 18
Last class day: Thursday, May 5
Final exam: Instructor will provide information.
Course Materials:

No textbook purchase is required for this course. All readings are available in Canvas.

Official UT Austin Description:

An introduction to the study of animal behavior: descriptive analysis of behavior; physiological basis of behavior; development of behavior; adaptive significance and evolution of behavior; communication and social behavior.

This course does not qualify for the Independent Inquiry flag.


Biology 325 or 325H with a grade of at least C-; or consent of the University Extension advisor. Students must have the approval of the University Extension advisor to enroll in this course. See Course Approvals for more information.


No refunds after 01/21/2022.