Lindsay Schwartz

animal behavior & classics

Lindsay Schwartz '14

Under the direction of Professor Peter Judge, psychology, senior Lindsay Schwartz studies whether capuchins are able to recognize cues given from a human experimenter. "I've always wanted to work with animals, and I came to Bucknell because of this program," she says. "There are very few schools that do this type of undergraduate research."

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This growing number of animal behavior graduates creates recognition for Bucknell in the field, and serves as a valuable network for careers and internships.

Question

What kind of job can I get with an animal behavior degree?


Careers paths include, but are not limited to, research, veterinary, medical, zoo, museum or foundation work; communications; law; industry, foreign service and education.

Study social cues in capuchin monkeys, understand how bees learn or learn what motivates rats. Our animal behavior program combines both biology and psychology, gives students hands-on experience in both disciplines.

As an animal behavior major, you will work up close and personal with their subjects and often have opportunities to conduct research and work on articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

Did you know?

Bucknell established the first undergraduate animal behavior program 40 years ago. It is a joint program of the biology and psychology departments.

The animal behavior program balances scientific training with a strong liberal arts education.

Unlike animal science — a field associated with the use of animals for human needs — the study of animal behavior at Bucknell emphasizes the evolution of animal life.

In the last decade, three animal behavior students have received Marshall Fellowships for advanced study in the UK, three have received Rotary International Fellowships, nine have received National Science Foundation Fellowships and one has received a Truman Fellowship.

Get to Know Us


Peter Judge

professor

Peter Judge

For our students to get hands-on experience in a facility like this is invaluable. They leave here well prepared for fieldwork or graduate school.

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DeeAnn Reeder

associate professor

DeeAnn Reeder

Because I am a scientist, for me, teaching is inextricably linked to teaching about science, about the wonders of the natural world, and about the beauty of the scientific method.

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Hands-On Experience


opportunities

Internships

Bucknell works closely with students to help them arrange for internships in such areas as wildlife studies and administration.

Recently, animal behavior majors have had internships in zoo design, aquarium administration, research in physiology and anatomy, grant-making and nature photography.

beyond bucknell

Study Abroad

We encourage our students to study abroad. Recently students have studied in Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Other programs in Europe, Asia, South and Central America also are a good fit. Students can explore the many study abroad opportunities through the Office of International Education

research

Undergraduate Research

Students in Bucknell's animal behavior program have collaborated with faculty on hundreds of publications in scientific journals. The number of conference papers and reports is even larger. These are just a few recent topics:

  • Cooperative behavior in capuchin monkeys
  • Localization of the Genome of Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) in the Brains of Honeybees
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