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The Animal Behavior programme at Carroll University can also be a launching point for your master’s or doctoral degree or a professional program such as veterinary sciences. 

You may dream of enriching the lives of animals in a zoo setting, helping people with disabilities through animal-assisted therapy, protecting endangered species or ensuring the health and welfare of companion animals surrendered to shelters and rescue organizations. This degree can help those dreams come true.

Carroll University’s animal behavior major introduces you to the scientific methods with which people study the behavior of animals–from how the brain and nervous system influence behavior, to how animals learn new behaviors and solve problems, to why particular types of behavior evolve in the wild.

All animal behavior students are required to develop valuable hands-on skills by completing an internship at locations such as the Racine Zoo, the Wildlife in Need Center, or the behavior services department of the Humane Society. Students also participate in research both within and outside of class. 

Some of our students design their own research projects and even publish their work in professional journals. These experiences give students a real advantage in choosing a career or applying to graduate school.

Internships

Recent internship placements for Animal Behavior majors include:

  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha
  • Racine Zoo
  • Brookfield Zoo, Chicago
  • Oceans of Fun Sea Lion Program at the Milwaukee County Zoo
  • PAWS Adoption Center, Chicago
  • Wildlife Science Center, Columbus, Minn. 
  • Wildlife in Need Center

Careers in Animal Behavior

What can you do with a major in animal behavior? 
  • Animal trainers: Some behaviorists train pets for basic manners or obedience work, guard dog training, seeing-eye dogs or retrieving. Others train animals for public performance at zoos, circuses, stage or television.
  • Applied animal behavior: A growing number of animal behaviorists are being hired to apply behavioral knowledge to the training, production, management, conservation and/or care of wild and domestic animals.
  • College teaching and research: Animal behavior is a growing discipline and jobs in teaching and research are highly competitive. Some animal behaviorists teach and/or do research at colleges and universities. Careers in college teaching and research usually require a Ph.D.
  • Government and private research institutions: Positions can range from wildlife management to conservation of endangered species to support of animals used in health science research programs.
  • Zoo, conservation groups, museums: Zoos and museums hire animal behaviorists as keepers, curators or researchers. Curators are responsible for acquiring, maintaining and displaying collections of particular animals or specimens. Researchers are responsible for the scientific study of the animals.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • The Science of Animal Behavior
  • The Science of Animal Behavior Laboratory
  • General Biology 
  • General Biology I Laboratory
  • Behavioral Ecology (4 hours) 
  • Behavioral Ecology Laboratory
  • Introductory Psychology 
  • Statistics and Experimental Design 
  • Statistics and Experimental Design Lab
  • Biopsychology 
  • Learning and Animal Behavior
  • Behavioral Neuroscience 
  • Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    550

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

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Academic Requirements

  • Official transcripts from your secondary/high school are required. Transfer students are required to also submit transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended as well as a listing of courses in progress that includes course names, course numbers and numbers of credit hours.
  • Transcripts should be sent directly from the issuing institution and should be delivered in a sealed and signed envelope. If your institution issues a transcript directly to you please forward as is, do not open the envelope as this will void the transcript.

Tuition Fee

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    32080 USD/year
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Living costs for Waukesha

  • 1283 - 2130 USD/month
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Funding

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