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About the Animal Behavior Major
Why Study Animal Behavior? Put Your Compassion to Work
Earning your degree in animal behavior prepares you for a variety of careers, such as a wildlife biologist, researcher, zookeeper, animal trainer, wildlife rehabilitator or laboratory manager. It 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.
A Foundation in Science—a Focus on Real World Experience
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.
Your studies are not restricted to Carroll’s classrooms. You’ll have opportunities to study at our 75-acre outdoor classroom and laboratory, the Greene Field Station and Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center. Classes sometimes meet at the Humane Animal Welfare Society to give students hands-on experience in animal training. Carroll’s long-standing partnership with the Milwaukee County Zoo sets our program apart by giving you access to a nationally-recognized research training site just minutes from campus. Our senior-level classes design and carry out research projects there, selecting from more than 2,000 mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles to observe.