No specific undergraduate major is required, but successful candidates will demonstrate work in biology and/or psychology. GRE scores are required, and subject GRE scores in biology and/or psychology are encouraged.
Required undergraduate work includes core biology courses and statistics. Recommended courses include animal behavior-related biology and/or psychology courses and courses in research methods.
The required minimum GPA in major is 3.0.
The program requires two years of full-time work (including one summer) and consists of in-residence coursework in biology and psychology while also conducting continuing research.
A minimum of eight courses approved by the adviser (two of which can be research hours) and the satisfactory completion of a research thesis are required.
Research programs for this degree do not involve human-animal interactions or animal training (applied animal behavior).
Facilities and Resources
Our facilities include well-equipped laboratory space for research entailing work with insects, laboratory rodents and bats; indoor and outdoor enclosures for four species of primates; and surgical and histological equipment.
The program also is equipped to incorporate the use of physiological and genetic tools for the study of behavior.