Free Online Animal Behavior and Animal Studies Courses from Top Universities

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There are numerous online Animal Behavior and Animal Studies courses offered free by top universities, including Tufts University, Open University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Course topics range from polar biology to studying mammals in their differing habitats.
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Free Online Animal Behavior and Animal Studies Courses

These myriad courses are available for animal lovers. Whether you'd like to study their behaviors, relationships with humans, or their extreme survival adaptations, you will certainly find something in this list to pique your interest.

Tufts University

This veterinary course centers on the role of veterinarians in human-animal relationships. It was started in the 1980s by an anthropologist and veterinarian, Dr. Elizabeth Lawrence, and remains in her memory of her contributions to the study of human-animal relationships. Readings will coincide with lectures. Quizzes, papers, and journal reflections will be inclusive in this course. Grading is based on completion of course requirements. Class discussions and student participation are paramount.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This course presents the history of interactions between people and animals. Core themes include moral obligations and the use of animals. Students will responsible for required readings each week, in addition to a written response. At the end of the semester, students will be required to write a research paper. Grading is based on these elements, including oral and class participation.

Open University

Open University offers a vast amount of course topics in animal behavior and animal studies. Interested students can read through the course directly on the website or they can download the entire course as an eBook. Topics range from polar biology to hibernation, including specific animals like predators, meat eaters, insect hunters, and more.

Free Online Animal Behavior and Animal Studies Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Human-Animal Relationships course from Tufts University Graduate Class discussions/participation Yes Yes Yes
People and Other Animals course from MIT Undergraduate/graduate Text Yes No Yes
Animals at the Extremes: Polar Biology course from Open University Undergraduate Text Yes Yes Yes
Studying Mammals: A Winning Design course from Open University Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Animals at the Extremes: The Desert Environment course from Open University Undergraduate Text Yes Yes Yes
Animals at the Extremes: Hibernation and Torpor course from Open University Undergraduate Text Yes Yes Yes
Studying Mammals: The Opportunists course from Open University Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Studying Mammals: Meat Eaters course from Open University Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Studying Mammals: Plant Predators course from Open University Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Studying Mammals: Chiselers course from Open University Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Studying Mammals: The Insect Hunters course from Open University Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Studying Mammals: The Social Climbers course from Open University Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Studying Mammals: Return to the Water course from Open University Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Studying Mammals: Food for Thought course from Open University Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes

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Kaplan University

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Biotechnology Enterprise

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Grand Canyon University

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  • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science

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Penn Foster Career School

  • Career Diploma: Veterinary Assistant

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Southwestern University

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The George Washington University

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Muskingum University