The animal behavior major is designed to teach students about the wide range of ways in which people study behavior – from how the brain and nervous system influence behavior, to how animals learn new behaviors, to why particular types of behavior evolve in the wild.
Our curriculum also encourages the development of hands-on skills. During their time at Carroll, animal behavior majors are likely to have several opportunities to participate in, and even design, their own research projects. Carroll owns the 60-acre Howard T. Greene Scientific Field Station near campus that serves as an outdoor classroom and laboratory for animal behavior students. We also have a strong partnership with the Milwaukee County Zoo as a research training site.
Students majoring in animal behavior can go on to careers as veterinarians, wildlife biologists, researchers, zoo keepers, animal trainers, wildlife rehabilitators or laboratory managers. We encourage students to develop and understand their career options by requiring that every student complete an internship as part of their major coursework. Recent internship placements include:
- The Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha
- The Racine Zoo
- The N.E.W. Zoo in Green Bay, Wis.
- The Wildlife Science Center in Minnesota
- The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago
- The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Here's what a few of our graduates are doing:
Zoo keeper, Henry Dourly Zoo, Omaha, Nebraska
Veterinary student, Royal Veterinary College of London
Research technician, Medical College of Wisconsin
High school teacher, Illinois
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