Zoology, College of Letters and Science
Field of Study: The study of animals and their role in the biosphere, ranging from the study of activities at the molecular and cellular level to whole organism and community interactions.
Possible Careers: The Zoology major is flexible and can be tailored to help students prepare for advanced study and careers in many different areas. Some careers closely related to Zoology include: medicine and allied fields; life sciences research in multiple disciplines within university, government, non-profit, and industrial settings; teaching in secondary school, college, museum, and environmental education settings; natural resource management; scientific writing; government service positions; sales and management positions in industry (e.g. biotechnology, pharmaceutical firms); museum curator, zookeeper; technical positions in biological supply houses; illustrator; environmental lawyer.
Special Opportunities & Additional Information
- Summer research fellowships are available for outstanding zoology majors in the junior year.
- Student Organization: Undergraduate Zoological Society
- Faculty advisors can help students choose courses appropriate for specialized areas (e.g., conservation, developmental biology, neurobiology, animal behavior, marine biology)
Selected Required Courses
- Intro Biology: Biology 151-152 (preferred); Biocore (preferred); or Zoology 101-102 (in addition, Botany 130 recommended)
- Calculus: Recommended; Statistics is also recommended
- General Chemistry: General Chemistry equivalent to or more advanced than 103-104
- Organic Chemistry: Recommended
- Physics: Physics 103-104; or Physics 201-202; or Physics 207-208; or any first and second semester combination