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

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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.

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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 50 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.

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Peter Judge


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."

Hands-On Experience



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


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.

View a list of recent honors theses.


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