You’re an animal lover. But more than that, you’re naturally curious about the creatures who inhabit the world around you. You’re a “hands-on” learner interested in the science of living things. Sound like you? UC’s animal behavior major may be a perfect fit.
This is our clarion call, which urges us all to never be complacent, to always keep moving forward, to lead with confidence and reach high. It embodies our commitment to the future, to innovation and discovery, and to dancing in-step with an ever-changing world.
Taught by expert faculty, UC’s research-intensive program gets students out of the classroom with field experiences and independent research projects. A partnership with the Utica Zoo gives student the opportunity to experience zoo research, animal care and husbandry firsthand.
Learn more about UC’s Animal Behavior faculty.
One of Utica College’s newest majors, the animal behavior program provides students with a concentrated study of the evolutionary, ecological, genetic, neurological, and cognitive mechanisms that influence animal behavior. It's an exciting, hands-on program that promotes a deep scientific understanding of the field from a biological and psychological perspective.
"This is an integrative, interdisciplinary program that promotes a deep scientific understanding of the field from a biological and psychological perspective."
Sharon Wise, Ph.D.
Dean of Arts and Sciences
The animal behavior major provides a foundation of courses and experiences for students interested in pursuing graduate training in animal research, conservation biology, veterinary medicine, zoology, and animal handling.
Students will be introduced to zoo research, animal care and husbandry, and animal training through our partnership with the Utica Zoo.