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Specialize in How Animals Interact

Animal Behavior is the study of how living organisms interact with their environment and each other.

This minor gives you the knowledge of key concepts and principles in animal behavior, cognition, and evolutionary relationships.


It also provides you with an option beyond veterinary medicine, such as graduate school, further training as a veterinary assistant, a wildlife technician, or working in government and private institutions, zoos, and conservation groups.

Imagine Your Future

Career opportunities range from animal breeders and trainers to veterinarians (refer to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics table below). Some careers may require a bachelor’s degree (zoologists and wildlife biologists), while others may require a professional degree (veterinarians).

Additional information on careers in animal behavior can be found at the Animal Behavior Society website.

Wages, employment, projected job openings, and self-employment for occupations working with animals
Occupation Median annual wage, May 2014 Employment, 2012 Job openings, projected 2012-22 Self-employment, 2012
Animal breeders $40,000 1,300 400 77.3%
Animal control workers 32,560 14,600 4,500 n/a
Animal scientists 61,110 2,700 1,200 11.0%
Animal trainers 25,770 41,600 24,500 62.5%
Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers 68,050 930,600 150,200 73.1%
Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals 22,930 77,900 25,300 0.6%
Nonfarm animal caretakers 20,340 190,600 52,100 16.6%
Veterinarians 87,590 70,300 31,000 18.3%
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers 23,790 74,600 21,300 n/a
Veterinary technologists and technicians 31,070 84,800 33,400 0.1%

Classes and Requirements

This program allows students to develop a minor that will further their career goals of working with animals, in veterinary medicine, animal conservation, or related fields.

The two required courses (General Zoology and Animal Behavior) give the foundational knowledge and skills. The diversity of electives allow students to sharpen their interest in this expansive field.

Full Academic Catalog Listing

The course catalog is the official reference for all our degree and course offerings. Check it out for a full listing of the classes available and requirements for this degree.

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