About this Program
Humans have been interacting with animals for millennia, observing them in homes, farms, zoos and labs. The more we understand about animal behavior, the more effective we can be at caring for them and improving their health and quality of life.
In this three-course certificate program, we’ll study different principles of animal behavior and learn to apply this knowledge to animal care. You’ll examine behavioral differences between animal species and how these reflect their evolution and habitat adaptation. Gain insights on evolutionary theory, learning theory and biology to provide better care for animals — particularly companion animals — and diagnose and treat a variety of behavior issues.
Professionals who study or work with animals and those who want to enter the field.
Instructor Renee Ha explains how a wide variety of professionals who work with companion animals can benefit from the Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior.
What you'll learn
- Basic principles of evolution and natural selection as they relate to animal behavior
- Application of animal behaviors to human-animal interaction
- The latest scientific research on the training and care of companion animals
- Methods to integrate theory with real-world practice in treating and improving behavior
choose from noncredit and credit options
By completing this certificate program, you can earn credit toward your bachelor's degree. To earn these credits, you must enroll in the credit version of the program. Because policies vary, check with your intended degree program to make sure the credits will apply. If you don’t plan to pursue a degree, choose the noncredit offering. See Noncredit & Credit Options.