Biobehavioral Studies (Program)

Students interested in animal behavior who are majoring in anthropology, biology, or psychology may choose to participate in the Biobehavioral Studies Program as a specialized addition to their regular major.

The goal of the Biobehavioral Studies Program is to provide students with a broad understanding of the various approaches to the naturalistic study of the behavior of all animals, including humans. Students in the program complete a major in one of the three departments associated with the program, and in addition take a group of appropriate courses in each of the other two departments. Interested students are urged to consult with on of the program's directors.

Requirements and Recommendations

Student entering the program are advised to take introductory courses in all three departments. In order to insure that the program is recorded on their transcripts, students should complete the appropriate form, available from any of the program's directors, and file a card with the Office of Registration and Records.

The program's requirements are intended to introduce students to the study of animal behavior, and to provide both breadth and depth, through courses in both a major field and in related areas.

Students in the program must complete a major in anthropology, biology, or psychology. Each of these three departments offers courses which are simultaneously applicable to the department major requirements and to those of the Biobehavioral Studies Program. For matriculated students, successful completion of the problem is recorded on official University transcripts when they have met all CAS graduation requirements. Non-matriculated students receive a certificate of completion.

Approved Courses

A. First Courses in Animal Behavior

Anthropology C210 Biosocial Bases of Human Behavior
Psychology 365 Evolution and Behavior

B. Associated Fields in Animal Behavior

Biology 290 Biology of Populations
Biology 316 Neurobiology
Biology 317 Endocrinology
Biology 342 Ecology
Biology 344 Ornithology
Biology 352 Evolution
Psychology 250 Learning and Memory
Psychology 260 Behavioral Neuroscience
Psychology 360 Neuropsychology

C. Advanced Courses in Animal Behavior

Anthropology 310 Primate Behavior
Biology 348 Animal Behavior
Biology 349  Ethology
Biology 691 Advanced Ethology
Psychology 465  Psychobiology of Development

Transfer Credit Policy

At least three of the five program-approved courses from the departments outside the major department must be taken at UMass Boston. Transfer courses must be approved in writing by one of the program's directors.

Program Directors

Professor Celia Moore
Associate Professor Alexia Pollack