This program achieves a good balance between recent research and classical studies of animal behavior. It integrates both psychological and biological approaches and provides current information in the areas of animal learning and cognition, parasitism, and mutualism. It includes all phases of scientific animal behavior investigation.
We also offer this program as a bachelor's or Ph.D.
Ethology Online via distance learning
This module is applicable to Specialist, Expert, Bachelor's, Master's & Ph.D. (Doctor) Degree Programs. This academic program is designed at the postgraduate level (Master’s or Doctoral). This module may also be adapted to complete the course requirements of Specialist, Expert Diploma, or Bachelor’s Degree. A further option is an enrollment into each of the courses listed within this specialization module. This module may be combined or completed with other modules from this faculty. For example Animal Assisted Therapy - Animal Studies & Research - Farm Management - Human-Animal Studies - Livestock & Animal Science - Zoology.
Method of instruction: Distance Learning Higher Education
This distance learning education program is completed by a traditional correspondence instruction method. Once you sign up for the course, Bircham International University will send you (to your mailing address) the suggested textbooks. After reading the book, you will be asked to write a 20 to 35 pages report that reflects your understanding of the book. This report is equivalent to the exam and can be submitted by email or mail. Bircham International University will evaluate your written work. If passed, BIU will issue the corresponding diploma. For more instructions about BIU pedagogy, tutoring, and evaluation, please read our distance learning education study guide.
Students enrolling in this distance education program should be aware that:
Location: Bircham International University needs a functional geographical location to ship the book and materials for successful completion of this program of study.
Communication: Email, courier, phone are key communication instruments with Bircham University that play an important role in the progress and support of this program of study.
Capacity: Any impediment, physical or psychological, to read a book and write a report must be communicated to Bircham International University prior to enrollment into this distance learning program.
Technology: No specific technology is required to complete this distance education program.
Language: Book reading and report writing in another language other than English must be requested (and approved by BIU) prior to enrollment in any distance learning program.
Discrimination: There is no discrimination with respect to race, color, gender, beliefs, or religion.
Age: Check the admission requirements for each distance education degree program.
Duration - Ethology Online via distance learning
For a program of 21 credits, the estimated time for completion is 21 weeks. For 45 credits, the estimated time for completion will be 45 weeks, and so on. Calculations are approximate. The length of each distance learning degree program is calculated based on an average of 15 hours of learning per week. It also depends on the number of validated credits from previous knowledge and the level of commitment to the studies.
Master's Degree - Ethology Online
Tuition Fee: Min. 4.680 Euros (6.120 US$) | Max. 7.020 Euros (9.180 US$).
Master's Degree Online: 36 - 54 Academic credits required for this distance learning degree program.
Composition: Ethology via distance learning = 27 Academic credits + Additional courses may be selected from other modules in the Faculty of Life & Earth Sciences from Bircham International University if required. This selection must be approved by the Distance Learning University Education Board. For example Human-Animal Studies. + 13 Academic credits (Research methodology and final project or thesis).
Courses list (each subject accounts for 3 academic credits):
1 BIU Earned Credit = 1 USA Semester Credit (15 hours of learning) = 2 ECTS Credits (30 hours of study).
You may study any subject as an independent online continuing education course.
Diversity in Animals
This course presents the morphological, functional, and ecological diversity within the major phyla of animals. It surveys the ontogeny, function, and behavior of a variety of species and their interaction with the environment.
Academic Supervisor: José Luis Corona LisboaAnimal Behavior
This course covers animal behavior. It reviews the behavior of animals under natural conditions using both mechanistic and evolutionary approaches. Topics include ethology and behavioral endocrinology; behavioral genetics; learning; signaling, deceit, and animal consciousness; orientation, migration, and biological rhythms; optimization and game theory; parental investment and mating systems; selfishness, altruism, and reciprocity; and sociality in vertebrates and invertebrates.
Academic Supervisor: Vasiliki ProtopapadakiDomestic Animals
This course provides an understanding of domestic animals mainly horses, dogs, and cats. It explains their behavior, their instinctual reactions, their history in man's life; and gives insight into their interaction with their human mates. It examines the mechanisms and control of pet behavior in a domestic context. It also reviews the behavior of cattle, horses, sheep, goats, and swine for their management.
Academic Supervisor: Annie PetersenAnimal-Human Bond
This course studies the psychosocial benefits of animal companionship. It explores the conceptualization of the animal-human bond and the understanding of animal-assisted therapy. It considers the effect of animal companions on human well-being and health and presents a historical exploration of the value of human-animal relationships.
Academic Supervisor: Annie PetersenCognitive Ethology
This course studies learning mechanisms in animals and humans. It explores the bases of sensation-perception, memory and learning, arousal-sleep-attention, emotions, and motivation. It examines complex sensory and perceptual phenomena with emphasis on the relationship between perception and motivation, cognition, creativity, instinct, and learning/experiential factors in higher-level perceptual processes.
Academic Supervisor: Vasiliki ProtopapadakiAnimal Ethology
This course achieves a good balance between recent research and classic studies of animal behavior. It integrates both psychological and biological approaches and provides current information in the areas of animal learning and cognition, parasitism, and mutualism. It includes all phases in the scientific animal behavior investigation.
Academic Supervisor: Vasiliki ProtopapadakiHuman-Animal Studies
This course examines the complex and multidimensional relationships between humans and animals. Anthrozoology comprises work in several disciplines in the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences in order to analyze the positive effects of human-animal relationships on either party and the study of their interactions.
Academic Supervisor: Annie PetersenHuman Ethology
Using cross-cultural and cross-species data, this course conducts an exploration of human development and behavior, including the cultural and evolutionary origins of language, non-verbal communication, laughter, sleep, deception, morality, infant behavior, parenting, human aggression, sexual behavior, gender development, and human courtship rituals.
Academic Supervisor: Vasiliki ProtopapadakiNeuroethology
This course provides a comparative analysis of cellular and systems neurobiology in addition to neuroethology. It examines the evolution of nervous systems and their diverse structure and complex functions. It covers topics such as receptor mechanisms, somato-visceral activity, reflexes, proprioception, muscle spindles, and Golgi tendon organs, visual system, auditory system, vestibular activity, and olfaction and gustatory sensation.
Academic Supervisor: Enrique Parra Crego
Admission requirements - Ethology
For official admission status at Bircham distance education university; you need to send in a filled out, dated, and signed official Application for Admission. You may download this application form from the website or request it by email or mail. Please send this application and enclosed documents to our address. You may also submit this application and attached documents by email in a PDF Format.
Bircham International University issues an admission certificate after receiving your complete application for admission. This document will show the number of credits transferred and validated from previous education and experience, and the number of credits required to complete the distance learning degree program's major. Bircham University can not perform this evaluation without the complete application for admission.