Zoology General

Zoologists are scientists who study the behavior, physiology, and classification of animals. They work anywhere that animals are found: zoos, state parks, nature preserves, natural history museums, farms, or industry. Some zoologists are researchers who spend most of their time in the field, while others do the bulk of their research in the lab.

Hiring for government and public university positions, very significant sources for jobs in the discipline, depends very much on the state of the budget; however, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth in this fields during the next decade. The median annual salary for a zoologist is around $58,000.

Associate's Degree

Some community colleges and trade colleges offer zoology programs. The curriculum of these is organized to allow the student to transfer the credits to a four-year university to earn a bachelor's degree, which is a requirement for entry-level jobs in the field.

The courses leading to an associate's degree in biology provide a science background that the student can build on after he transfers to a bachelor's program.

  • Biology
  • Math
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Bachelor's Degree in Zoology

For many entry level jobs in zoology, a bachelor's degree is all that is needed. A bachelor's degree takes around four years to complete. Besides the general education requirements necessary for all undergraduates, some courses are of particular importance to zoologist education.

  • Anatomy
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Cellular biology
  • Wildlife management
  • Plant sciences
  • Statistics

In the latter part of undergraduate coursework, the zoology student takes some classes that both help him broaden his knowledge and allow him to focus on an area of particular interest. Zoology students who choose a secondary education specialization go on to teach biology in high school.

A zoology degree serves as a good basis for graduate studies in ecology, conservation, and other fields related to the environment. Those planning to attend veterinary school frequently choose zoology as their undergraduate degree, as do students who intend to teach zoology or other life sciences at the university level.

Graduates entering the workforce with a bachelor's degree in zoology can expect to work in entry-level jobs of all sorts. Some of these involve working directly with animals, while others are lab research or administrative positions.

  • Research assistant
  • Lab technician
  • Educational outreach at a museum or zoo
  • Curator of birds, mammals, reptiles or other zoo animals
  • Animal trainer or keeper
  • Registrar at zoo or natural history museum

Not all practicing zoologists attended colleges with zoology majors. An undergraduate degree in biology, with a focus on zoology or on wildlife biology, frequently serves the same purpose as a zoology major. It can be just as useful in obtaining entry-level positions in the field.

Master's Degree in Zoology

Requirements for entering a master's-level zoology program vary from one school to the next. Broadly speaking, applicants should have a bachelor's degree in a related field; if the undergraduate degree is not in one of the sciences, evidence of some science coursework is desirable. Schools often require G.R.E. results.

Typically, a master's degree in zoology takes around two years to earn. Some programs require the completion of a thesis, or the taking of an oral exam, while others do not. The classes involved in earning a master's degree in zoology include both broad and area-specific courses. Students choose a particular concentration, either a certain animal class, some biological phenomenon common to a range of animals, or the relationship between animals and their environment.

  • Ichthyology
  • Mammalogy
  • Neurobiology
  • Embryology and animal development
  • Environmental toxicology
  • Biogeography

Because of the relative breadth of their experience and the discipline required in earning a master's degree, graduate students are preferred by some employers over applicants with only bachelor's degrees. Beyond entry-level positions, those who have earned master's degrees also qualify for some roles that call for research skills or specific kinds of knowledge.

  • Animal behaviorist
  • Research biologist
  • Wildlife biologist

Ph.D. in Zoology

Those zoology students who plan to devote their careers to research at a university or another institution pursue doctoral degrees. A doctorate takes as long as six years to complete. The work required for a degree at this level involves synthesizing original research with literature. Doctoral students present their hypotheses and findings in a dissertation, and contribute to journal as well. Some schools require that doctoral students dedicate a certain percentage of their time to teaching class, and that they maintain a minimum G.P.A.

Classes for doctoral students consist primarily of dissertation and research hours, with some seminars. Jobs for people graduating with a doctoral degree in zoology are both instructional and administrative.

  • Zoology professor
  • Department head
  • Independent researcher

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We found 76 schools offering "Zoology General" degree programs in the U.S.

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The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX  |  Total Enrollment: 49996

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor's, First-professional degree
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Ohio State University - Main Campus
Columbus, OH  |  Total Enrollment: 47952

Degrees Offered: Associate's, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree
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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN  |  Total Enrollment: 45481

Degrees Offered: One but less than two years, Two but less than 4 years, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree
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University of Florida
Gainesville, FL  |  Total Enrollment: 45114

Degrees Offered: Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree, First-professional certificate
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Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Tempe, AZ  |  Total Enrollment: 44126

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Doctor's, First-professional degree
6
Texas A & M University
College Station, TX  |  Total Enrollment: 44026

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor's, First-professional degree
7
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI  |  Total Enrollment: 43366

Degrees Offered: One but less than two years, Bachelor's, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree
8
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Madison, WI  |  Total Enrollment: 40658

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree
9
Indiana University - Bloomington
Bloomington, IN  |  Total Enrollment: 37076

Degrees Offered: Less than one year, One but less than two years, Associate's, Two but less than 4 years, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree
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University of Washington - Seattle Campus
Seattle, WA  |  Total Enrollment: 36139

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Doctor's, First-professional degree, First-professional certificate

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Miami University - Oxford Oxford OH 16757
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Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus OH 47952
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San Jose State University San Jose CA 26698
Snow College Ephraim UT 2999
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