Bachelor of Science in Zoology
Zoology is a branch of natural science that deals with the integrative study of animal biology. It is concerned with every level of biological organization from gene to ecosystem, and with structure, physiology, behavior, genetics, development, distribution, and evolution of animals.
This degree is for students who seek professional employment in animal biology and/or admission to graduate programs in animal biology or professional schools.
Students complete their major coursework by choosing one or more of the following transcriptable concentrations:
- Animal Behavior & Neurobiology
- Ecology, Evolution, & Organismal Biology
- Marine Biology
- Zoo & Aquarium Science
- Cell & Developmental Biology**
- General Zoology**
** Concentration will be unavailable after Spring 2019.
Our concentrations allow students to tailor their coursework to align with their individual interests and future careers. As a result, students will graduate with slightly different academic backgrounds, which may be beneficial in today’s competitive job market.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology-Zoology
The courses in this major are a mixture of basic science courses, designed to introduce students to the concepts of environmental biology, and applied courses, where those concepts are used to unravel problems associated with the natural environment. The focus of the program is on animal-related aspects of environmental biology. The courses in the program emphasize ecology, systematics, and environmental science.
Bachelor of Science in Integrative Biology
The curriculum for the Integrative Biology major combines fundamental knowledge in all major sub-disciplines of biology including biochemistry, cellular biology, morphology, physiology, microbiology, ecology, and evolution. Students supplement their knowledge and skills through laboratory experiences and experiential learning opportunities including internships, independent research, field courses, and study abroad. The curriculum further stresses the development of scientific problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills of the type needed for success in applied biology or biological research. Graduates are thus well-prepared for complex 21st-century problems that require the integration of knowledge that spans from molecules to ecosystems.
Bachelor of Arts in Zoology
The Bachelor of Arts in Zoology degree is designed for students pursuing careers in scientific application areas such as public policy, technical sales, law, and communications. This degree combines study in zoology with a significant amount of coursework outside the sciences.
Dual Degree: B.S./M.S.
An option for College of Natural Science students is to pursue a dual-degree (B.S./M.S.) from departments within the College. The B.S. and the M.S. do not have to be from the same department although in most cases they are.
To apply, students must have completed a minimum of 60 undergraduate credits and have a minimum 3.0 GPA (overall and in College of Natural Science courses). Students also should have approval for admission from the department to the respective graduate program. Course credits will count toward either the undergraduate or the graduate program: they cannot count both degrees simultaneously.
What is the difference between a degree in Integrative Biology and Zoology?
Zoology Degree: Defined classic zoological “subjects” including ecology, animal behavior, marine biology, and zoo & aquarium science.
Integrative Biology Degree: Offers a broader curriculum with diverse courses from other departments.
Is there a "best" degree for attending professional or graduate school?
As long as you have met the admission requirements, it typically doesn't matter what your major is. Professional schools often welcome students with diverse majors, as these students bring a different perspective to the classroom.