Genetic Influences on Behavior   [Archived Catalog]
2019-2020 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook

PH 511 - Genetic Influences on Behavior

This course explores the impact of genetics on human behavior in relation to the environment. Behavioral genetics addresses questions such as: "How do genes determine behavior? How much of behavior is nature versus nurture? How do behaviors evolve?" The course and its text provide "a range of examples, such as laboratory studies on flies and mice, field observations on species as diverse as butterflies and meerkats, as well as human behavioral disorders. Students will become familiar with "genetic principles with neurobiological and ecological perspectives so they learn how to find and map genes that affect behaviors. They will also learn how the coordinated expression of ensembles of these genes enables the nervous system to express complex behaviors in response to changes in the environment". 3 credit(s)