BIOL 345

Animal Behaviour

Units: 1.5

Hours: 3-3-0

Evolutionary and comparative analyses of animal behaviour. Topics include foraging behaviours, evolution of sex, mate choice, sociality, empathy, conflict an play,nature/nurture controversies, sensory modalities, communication and the evolution of language, hemispheric dominance and laterality, taxonomic diversity of nervous systems, proximate and ultimate mechanisms for interpreting behaviour. Laboratory includes observational and experimental approaches to behaviour of representative invertebrate and vertebrate taxa and a field research project.


  • Students with credit in MRNE 446 may take this course for credit.


  • BIOL 184 or BIOL 190B; and
  • BIOL 186 or BIOL 190A; and
  • minimum third-year standing; and
  • either BIOL 215, or declared Honours or Major in Anthropology or declared Honours or Major in Combined Biology and Psychology.

Undergraduate course in Biology offered by the Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science.

Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Summer 2020

Summer timetable available: February 15. Fall and Spring timetables available: May 15.

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