Discover birds like you’ve never seen or heard them before. This class takes an integrative approach to ornithology, as we will explore avian species from the perspective of evolution, natural history, development, ecology, conservation, physiology, genetics, behavior, functional morphology, and even quantum mechanics. This course will explore topics essential to understanding this unique class of vertebrates, such as flight, migration, communication, sexual selection, and more. Students will enjoy a laboratory portion focused on understanding avian development and time in the field to develop avian field techniques and identification skills. Students can expect to gain a life-long appreciation for and fascination of birds. The laboratory portion is scheduled for Wednesdays from 8:30am-12:10pm.
1. Learn fundamental biological concepts in evolutionary biology, behavioral ecology, physiology, and ethology
2. Develop a robust understanding of the biology, evolution, life history, and behavior of birds.
3. Develop expert skills in bird identification, by sight and sound.
4. Learn to understand and synthesize primary scientific literature.
5. Develop written and oral communication skills.
Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
T/F 8:30AM-10:20AM, W 8:30AM-12:10PM (Lab) (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years
Categories: All courses
Tags: behavior , birds , critical thinking , Evolution , lab science , organismal biology , science , STEM