The causes of behavior include all of the stimuli that affect behavior, whether external (food or predators) or internal (hormones or nervous system changes).
The function of behavior include both the immediate effects of behavior on an animal (such as attracting a mate), and the adaptive significance of the behavior in a particular environment (such as huddling together in cold weather).
The development of behavior is concerned with the ways in which behavior changes over the lifetime of an animal.
The evolution of behavior is concerned with origins of behavior patterns and how these change over generations of animals.

In Animal Behavior, you have options

There are several paths you can take as an undergraduate when exploring the field of animal behavior at Indiana University.

Lectures, labs, + supervised research

Your course of study includes a combination of traditional lecture and lab courses. We also encourage individual supervised research in faculty laboratories and/or internship experiences in animal behavior.

The curriculum involves courses in biology, psychology, and anthropology. It is designed with the goal of giving you an understanding of the primary environmental, social, evolutionary and physiological principles that form the basis of the scientific study of animal behavior.

You also gain an understanding of experimental design and the methods required to propose, test, analyze and interpret scientific data relevant to animal behavior.

You acquire experience in the key research techniques used in animal behavior lab and field research, learning how to apply the core principles of the discipline to specific questions within lab, field, or applied animal behavior settings.

You gain the ability to communicate scientific research relevant to animal behavior.