Certificate in Animal Behaviour

Offered by:  Biology, Psychology and Neuroscience


Dr. Andy Horn aghorn@dal.ca  (Biology)

The Certificate in Animal Behaviour provides students with an opportunity to specialize in Animal Behaviour through a set of courses and a research project.

More information on this Certificate is available at: https://www.dal.ca/faculty/science/programs/diploma-certificate-programs/certificate-in-animal-behaviour.html

Admission to Certificate

Students should enrol in the Certificate in Animal Behaviour in their third year of studies, when they are seeking approval from the Certificate Coordinator for the independent research component. To enrol, students must declare the certificate through Dal Online (https://dalonline.da >Web for Students>Admissions>Declare Major/Minor/Certificate), and notify the Certificate Coordinator by e-mail. To qualify for this certificate, students must complete all course requirements, and have received approval for the research component of the certificate prior to the start of the research course.

To graduate with the certificate, students must apply to Graduate with a Certificate at the time they apply to graduate from their degree program

Certificate requirements:

1. A minimum grade of a B- is required in four mandatory courses:

2. A grade of B- in 12 additional credit hours of courses chosen from the following list. Courses taken as one of the four mandatory classes cannot also be used to fulfill this requirement. Six credit hours must be at the 3000/4000 level.

2000 level
3000 level
4000 level

3. A grade of B- in 3 credit hours or more of independent research in Animal Behaviour.

The course used to fulfil this requirement can also be counted toward the courses that fulfil Requirement 2 above.

Students must obtain approval of their research topic from a Certificate Coordinator prior to the start of the research course. Animal behaviour research projects may be completed through one or more of PSYO 3000.06/NESC 3000.06, PSYO 3001.03/NESC 3001.03, PSYO 4500.06/NESC 4500.06, BIOL 4800.06, BIOL 4806.03/MARI 4806.03, BIOL 4807.03/MARI 4807.03, BIOL 4808.03/MARI 4808.03 or BIOL 4900.06.

Honours students may fulfill this requirement by conducting their honours thesis research on a topic in Animal Behaviour. Students are encouraged to further develop their study design and analysis skills by taking additional courses such as BIOL 4061.03 (Design of Biological Experiments) or BIOL 4062.03 (Analysis of Biological Data).