The goal of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the interdisciplinary field of behavioral neuroscience, taking a research-based approach through interpretation, analysis and application of experimental discoveries. It is intended to provide students with the knowledge of the fundamental principles in the field, and prepare students for upper-level coursework in the neurobiology of behavior. The introduction to this course will include a brief review of physiology and neuronal communication, and will continue with discussions of evolution and behavioral neuroscience methodology using comparative and translational approaches. The remainder of the course will involve a more detailed analysis of specific behaviors and an evaluation of empirical research in each topic (historically through present day) with a focus on the underlying neural circuitry involved in the control of these behaviors. Included in these discussions will be considerations of ethical issues where appropriate.