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Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology

Program of Study


Psychology doctoral general course requirements

  • Statistics I
  • Statistics II
  • Teaching of Psychology
  • Ethics

Core training area courses

  • Animal Behavior I: Neuroethology and Mechanisms
  • Animal Behavior II: Behavioral Ecology and Evolution
  • Research Methods: Current Research in Animal Behavior at CUNY

Research rotations

  • Laboratory/Field Work I
  • Laboratory/Field Work II

Elective courses (3 required with at least two from different groups)

Group 1: Psychological Processes

  • Basic Processes I
  • Basic Processes II
  • Associative Learning
  • Learning
  • Categorization and Concept Formation
  • Comparative Cognition

Group 2: Mechanisms of Behavior

  • Communication Systems
  • Neuroscience I, II, and/or III
  • Neural mechanisms of decisions making

Group 3: Behavior in context

  • Evolution and Behavior
  • Applied Animal Behavior
  • Human-Animal Interactions
  • Translational Animal Behavior
  • Conservation Biology
  • Any other relevant graduate courses as approved by the student’s committee.

Sample training sequence for Years 1-5

This sequence is designed so that students will complete their 60-credit requirement by the middle or the end of their third year of doctoral study, thus averaging 9-12 credits per semester. 

Year 1, Fall

Animal Behavior I

Statistics I

Rotation I

Research Methods Seminar 

Year 1, Spring

Animal Behavior II

Statistics II

Rotation II

Ethics

Year 2, Fall

Teaching of Psychology

Elective I

Research

Research Methods Seminar

Year 2, Spring

Elective II

Research

Research

FIRST EXAM

Year 3, Fall

Elective III

Research

Research

Research

Year 3, Spring

Research

Research

Research

SECOND EXAM

Year 4

Research

Research

Research

Research

Year 5

Research

Research

Research

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