Course Objectives: Through this course you will develop a comprehensive understanding of how aspects of physiology, neurobiology, develop and genetics influence the behavior of domestic dogs, how learning theory applies to dogs, how evolution and domestication influence behavioral traits, and how abnormal and problem behaviors develop. My emphasis will be on interpreting scientific experiments in canine biology. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to: describe the theories of evolution and domestication of the domestic dog, relate the principles of learning theory to the domestic dog, describe the communicative body postures and social relationships of domestic and wild dogs, name the milestones of puppy physical and social development, describe how the parts of the brain and various neurotransmitters affect changes in behavior, describe how learning disturbances take place and how behavior is modified, and explain research that supports the importance of the human animal bond… among MANY other things!
VS495 Laboratory Animal Socialization Project
This is a variable credit course offering credit to students who learn the principles of learning theory while applying that knowledge in a hands on way by training and working with laboratory dogs, cats and rabbits.
NSCI 579 Applied Animal Behavior of Captive Populations.
Students accepted into the professional science master’s program are going to be taking part in a variety of careers involving managing captive populations of animals. In this course, we will be weaving a thread through the diverse phyla that may be managed (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and wild and domesticated mammals) teaching principles that will be applicable to all and using examples of applying that principle to a specific animal or environment. Students will gain a broad scientific understanding of how animals learn, perceive their world and behave, and how all of those intersect to alter behavior in captive settings. Equal time will be given to the following captive situations:
- Zoos (Captive populations of wild species)
- Aquariums (Captive populations of wild species)
- Shelters and Rescues (Domestic pet populations)