Welcome to the Primate Behavior Programs

Primatology is the study of the behavior, biology, evolution, and taxonomy of primates. Our programs guide your understanding of the relationships between primates and the environment in both captive and free-range settings. The community built throughout your studies at CWU will continue far past graduation and into your professional career.  

About This Program

Our degrees are unique in that they prepare you for continuing your education and also provide vibrant opportunities right out of graduation.

About Us

About section for the Primate Behavior and Ecology Program.

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Student Resources

Collection of resources for current and students in the Primate Behavior and Ecology Program.

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Primate Facilities.

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Primatology Links

Collection of links for all things related to primatology.

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Research Associates

A list of research associates with the Primate Behavior and Ecology Program.

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What is Primatology?

Introductory description of primatology.

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Primate Behavior Graduate Degree

Information on the Master of Science in Primate Behavior for current and prospective students.

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Why Study Primatology at CWU?

Our unique interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on behavior, social structures, and interactions within the environment in both captive and free-ranging non-human primates. Graduates of our programs have gone on to work in research, zoos, captive facilities, sanctuaries, conservation, environmental agencies, and/or continue their education in graduate programs.

Degree Options

Practicing primatologists benefit from skills acquired in advanced training in anthropology, biology, psychology, and philosophy. You will ask questions, conduct research, and explore possible career paths in our program.



Minors and Certificates


For general university admissions information, contact the Office of Admissions. For advising information, contact Academic Advising.


Opportunities to Work with Animals

Our students have the amazing opportunity to gain chimpanzee care and husbandry training at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest located in Cle Elum, WA. A number of students have carried out internships and research projects at the Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita, CA and different sites acrosss the US and world.

Primate Awareness Network (PAN)

PAN is a student organization focused on educating the public about the impact humans have on non-human primates. Funds raised through the efforts of club members are used to support conservation and/or sanctuary organizations, finance public awareness campaigns, and for travel expenses to primatological and anthropological conferences.

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Primate Behavior and Ecology

Ms. Penelope Anderson, Secretary Senior

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