Animal Behavior Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Students will acquire the following skills as they complete their 
Bachelors of Science Degree in Animal Behavior at UNE: 
 
1. Quantitative skills 
1.1 Ability to represent information in a quantitative format 
1.2 Ability to analyze and interpret quantitative information, including graphs and 
statistics 
1.3 Ability to quantitatively manipulate data and information 
 
2. Critical and integrative thinking skills 
2.1 Ability to critique and develop experimental designs and methodology 
2.2 Ability to integrate findings from diverse fields to address a research question or 
develop a testable hypothesis
2.3 Ability to read and analyze a primary research paper 
 
3. Research skills 
3.1 Ability to develop a hypothesis and design experiments to test this hypothesis 
3.2 Ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data 
3.3 Ability to perform multiple techniques related to animal behavior research (specific 
techniques may vary, but include: observational learning, biochemical techniques, 
behavioral studies, etc.) 
 
4. Communication skills 
4.1 Ability to present information orally in an organized and understandable manner 
4.2 Ability to communicate scientific information in written format for scientific 
publication 
4.3 Ability to communicate scientific information to the lay public in both oral and 
written format 
 
5. Independent critical thinking skills 
5.1 Ability to defend unique views/approaches/answers to well established phenomenon 
and theories based upon objective evidence 
5.2 Ability to overcome barriers/impediments to learning/research. 
5.3 Ability to find answers to questions that may not be specifically addressed in a course 

Measures 

Knowledge 
base

Skill 1

Skill 2

Skill 3

Skill 4

Skill 5

Use of the information

MCAT or GRE Exam

scores for Animal 
Behavior majors who 
anticipate applying to 
medical or graduate 
school 

X (sort of)

X     X

Data are 
reported to 
department 
annually in 
aggregate and 
students are 
given their 
individual 
scores. All data 
are reviewed as 
part of program 
review every 
four years

All students are 
required to complete 
an PSY 425: 
Advanced Methods in 
Animal Behavior and 
complete a grant 
proposal as a final 
project 

X X X X X X

Data are 
reported to 
department in 
an annual 
assessment 
meeting in 
aggregate and 
used as part of 
program review

Graduating student 
survey administered in 
early May of senior 
year 

X X X X X X

Data are 
reported to 
department in 
an annual 
assessment 
meeting in 
aggregate and 
used as part of 
program review

Internship Evaluation 
Form for all students 
in required ANB 
internship experience 

X X X X X X

Data are 
reported to 
department in 
an annual 
assessment 
meeting in 
aggregate and 
used as part of 
program review