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Zoology (BA, BS)

Zoology (BA, BS)


Zoology is the study of animals, from the simplest sponges to the most advanced arthropods, mollusks, and vertebrates. The zoology major is housed in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, which offers courses in the major animal groups (e.g., invertebrates, fish, birds, and mammals), as well as courses in evolution, ecology, aquatic biology, conservation, behavior and physiology. The major is appropriate for those desiring a degree in the natural sciences and whose main interest is in animals. Zoology is often chosen as a major by pre-professional students (pre-med, pre-vet, pre-dent, etc.).

Why choose zoology?

  • More than 90% of 2015 graduates planned to continue their studies either in medical school or graduate school
  • Prepare for graduate school in many areas of biology
  • Prepare for professional school in the health sciences and in education
  • Become a biological research technician in the public or private sector
  • Conduct environmental assessment for business, non-profit organizations or government
  • Gain employment with state or federal wildlife and fisheries agencies

What can you do with this degree?

Completion of the zoology major will provide the proper underlying preparation for post-graduate education (e.g., veterinary medicine, medicine, dentistry, optometry or graduate school), as well as for entry-level jobs across a range of animal-related occupations.