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Colleges with a Zoology Major: How to Select a School

Zoology is the study of the structure, behavior, evolution and function of animal life. Universities across the nation offer bachelor's degree programs in the field of zoology. Prospective zoology students might want to check a school's research opportunities, specializations and internship opportunities.

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Bachelor's degree programs in zoology offer many potential specializations, including evolution, genetics and animal behavior. Individuals can find these programs at 4-year universities' zoology departments.

Schools with a Zoology Program

The following public and private institutions offer zoology majors to interested students:

College/University Location Institution Type Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 4-year, Public $6,381 (In-state) $28,659 (Out-of-state)
Auburn University Auburn, AL 4-year, Public $10,424 (In-state) $28,040 (Out-of-state)
Union University Jackson, TN 4-year, Private $29,190
University of Akron Akron, OH 4-year, Public $10,509 (In-state) $19,040 (Out-of-state)
University of Maine Orono, ME 4-year, Public $10,610 (In-state) $28,880 (Out-of-state)
Oregon State University Corvallis, OR 4-year, Public $10,107 (In-state) $28,767 (Out-of-state)
Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, OH 4-year, Private $43,230
Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, IL 4-year, Private $32,790
Rutgers University-Newark Newark, NJ 4-year, Public $13,597 (In-state) $28,987 (Out-of-state)
Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX 4-year, Public $6,630 (In-state) $15,990 (Out-of-state)

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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College Selection Criteria

Some considerations must be taken into account when deciding upon a zoology program:

  • Students should investigate what specializations each school offers, including a focus on molecular biology, organismal biology or ecology.
  • Consider the availability of undergraduate research opportunities, since research projects may help students decide if they want to focus their studies on animals like big cats, marsupials or reptiles, among numerous other possibilities.
  • Internship opportunities through organizations like the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Service can increase the student's potential for job placement, narrow the career path and add a hands-on approach to the work.
  • There is typically a large variation in tuition cost between public and private institutions for students to consider.

Bachelor's Degree in Zoology

A Bachelor of Science in Zoology program focuses largely on the biological, cellular and molecular end of the field. A Bachelor of Arts program features both science and humanities classes; this program might be better-suited for students who are more interested in animal-related outreach than scientific research. Careers in the fields of health, biotechnology, conservation, wildlife rehabilitation, forensic biology, and many more are available to students with a bachelor's degree in zoology.

Zoology degree programs are available at 4-year public and private institutions for students interested in studying biology, conservation and more. As they select an institution to attend, students should consider their career and research interests, as well as specializations and internship opportunities a program may offer.

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