Animal Behaviour is the study of behaviour patterns in animals (including humans), and of how the behaviour of individuals helps to determine the density and distribution of populations. A knowledge of animal behaviour is of increasing importance in areas such as evolutionary biology, conservation biology, and the efficient and humane management of farm animals.

Animal Behaviour is available as a minor.

To complete a minor in Animal Behaviour, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed below, including BIOEB200, BIOEB301 and a further 30 points.


There will be no new enrolments into the Animal Behaviour major from 2018. Students who commenced a major in Animal Behaviour in 2017 or prior should contact the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science for advice.

Animal Behaviour papers

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Code and paper title Points
BIOEB102 Introduction to Ecology and Biodiversity - Mātai Hauropi a Kanorau Koiora right arrow

An introduction to the principles of ecology and biodiversity. Topics include population, community and ecosystem ecology, conservation biology, and...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
PSYCH100 Brain, Behaviour and Cognition right arrow

This paper introduces perceptual systems, mechanisms of learning, emotions and motivation, the biological basis of psychology, such as brain...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
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BIOEB200 Behavioural Ecology & Conservation right arrow

The paper provides an introduction to the principles and concepts of behavioural ecology, and to the application of these to case studies in...

15 24B (Hamilton)
BIOEB203 Animal Structure and Function right arrow

This paper is an integrated theoretical and experimental study of the principles of animal structure and function. Comparative aspects will be...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
PSYCH204 Learning and Perception right arrow

This course is intended to give students an introduction to behavioural psychology and to the psychology of perception. Students will learn about the...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
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BIOEB301 Advanced Animal Behaviour right arrow

This paper examines the development, causation, function and evolutionary history of vertebrate and invertebrate behaviour. A weekend field trip and...

15 24B (Hamilton)
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BIOEB501 Applications of Animal Behaviour right arrow

This paper will critically examine key research topics and current issues in Animal behaviour. We learn about key concepts through classic papers in...

15 24B (Hamilton)

2024 Catalogue of Papers information current as of 12 Jul 2024 01:00am