VHS Course Catalog
Animal Behavior and Zoology Section CV
Successful completion of a full year (or equivalent) of biology
Have you always been interested in animals and their behavior? Do you love to spend time at zoos and aquariums, and find animals (and their interactions) fascinating? This course explores the tremendous diversity of animal life and the interconnectedness of different animal species with each other and with humans. The first part of the course explores the classification and characteristics of all the animal phyla, with an emphasis on the evolution of animals and the adaptations that have allowed such diversity to flourish. The second part of the course focuses on many different animal behaviors (including human behavior). We will learn about different types of behaviors – from innate (genetic) behaviors to learned behaviors. The social interactions between animals will be covered in depth as we study courtship, aggression, altruism, and parental behaviors in animals. We will also discuss different careers in the animal sciences as a culminating activity, which should be of great interest to students who wish to pursue their love of animals as their professions. The course will utilize a number of interesting articles, discussions, virtual field trips, activities, videos, and projects to give a wider perspective of the animal kingdom and animal behavior.
By the end of this course, students will:
1. Understand the history of the theory of evolution by natural selection.
2. Know how the environment effects the diversity of life and how organisms will adapt to environmental changes resulting in speciation.
3. Understand how organisms are classified using a phylogenetic approach.
4. Be able to classify animals into their appropriate phyla or class.
5. Know the value of good zoo design in maintaining a healthy animal population.
6. Be able to determine if a behavior is innate or learned.
7. Understand the differences between the different modes of learning, including classical conditioning, operant conditioning, insight learning and punishment.
8. Understand how learning theories are applied in animal training.
9. Be able to list the different types of social behaviors and understand the proximate and ultimate causation of these behaviors (the "how" and the "why" of these behaviors).
10. Be familiar with different careers in animal sciences and how to pursue those careers in their future.
- Discipline: Science - Biology
- Level: Honors
- Grade: 11, 12
- Program: High School
- When Offered: Spring Only
- Duration: 15 weeks
- NIM Course: No
- Media Kit Shipped: No
- Media Kit Purchase: No
- Course Code: anchbezo
- MA NCES Code: 03061
Certified by NCAA for initial-eligibility (VHS School Code: 221356)
Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools
Northwest Accreditation Commission