Zoology

Zoology is the area of biology that focuses on animals, from the level of DNA to whole ecosystems.  Zoology contains many specific subdisciplines, and zoologists approach their study from different levels of organization.  For example, physiologists are interested in the functioning of cells, tissues and organ systems; ecologists are interested in the interactions of animals with one another and with their environment; developmental biologists are concerned with how a multicellular organism forms from a zygote; and molecular biologists study how specific molecules, such as nucleic acids, function in animals.  Some scientists study a particular group of animals, such as birds (ornithologists), mammals (mammalogists), amphibians and reptiles (herpetologists), insects (entomologists), and so on.  These people are concerned with all aspects of the group under study, including their taxonomic status, life history, physiology, ecology, genetics, etc.

The Zoology major is chosen by many students seeking a career in one of the health care professions.  It is also selected by those who wish to study animals as teachers and/or researchers, or who plan a career in one of the many areas within the environmental sciences.

Program Requirements: Bachelor of Arts


(32 semester hours, 24 must be advanced hours)

Core Courses: (8 semester hours) -- Both are required*
BIO/MBI 115 Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity (4)
BIO/MBI 116 Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology (4)

Advanced course requirement: (24 semester hours)
The remaining 24 semester hours must be fulfilled by taking animal-focused biology courses at the 200 level or above (see list below). No more than three semester hours of independent study/research/internship (277, 320, 340, 377, 419R, or 477) may apply to the advanced hours.

Related Hours: (18 semester hours)
One year of chemistry is required:
CHM 141 (or 141.M or 141.R) and 142 (or 142.M) College Chemistry (3-4, 3) and
CHM 144, 145 College Chemistry Laboratory (2, 2)

Remaining related courses can be chosen from CHM, CIT, CSE, GLG, GEO, IES, MTH, MBI, PCE, PHY, PSY or STA, or from additional advanced BIO courses.

*Note: Students based on the Hamilton or Middletown campuses may substitute BIO 113 for BIO 115 and may substitute BIO 114 for BIO 116

Courses that may be used for advanced Zoology hours for either the AB or the BS:
BIO 201, 203, 206, 207, 209, 255, 256, 277, 305, 311, 312, 320, 333, 340, 342, 351, 361, 364, 377, 395, 400,405, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 419R, 422, 424, 432, 435, 443, 444, 449, 452, 453, 454, 457, 458, 459, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466, 467, 469, 471, 477, 481, 482, 483, 485, 491, 496, 497, 498; IES 275


Program Requirements: Bachelor of Science


(36 semester hours, 28 must be advanced hours)

Core Courses: (8 semester hours) -- Both are required*
BIO/MBI 115 Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity (4)
BIO/MBI 116 Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology (4)

Advanced course requirement: (28 semester hours)
The remaining 28 semester hours must be in animal-focused biology courses at the 200 level or above (see list on previous page). No more than three semester hours of independent study/research/internship (277, 320, 340, 377, 419R, or 477) may apply to the major. At least one 400 level zoology course from the list other than 400, 419R or 477 must be taken (minimum three semester hours).

All four of these must be included in the 28 hours:
BIO 203 Cell Biology (3)
BIO 209 Fundamentals of Ecology (3)
BIO 342 Genetics (3)
BIO 305 Human Physiology (4)

Additional courses must be taken from the zoology courses listed for the AB to total 28 hours.

Related Hours: (48 required)
At least 19 hours of chemistry are required, including:
CHM 141 (or 141.M or 141.R) and 142 (or 142.M) College Chemistry (3-4, 3) and
CHM 144, 145 College Chemistry Laboratory (2, 2)
and
One of these sequences:
CHM 241, 242, 244, 245 Organic Chemistry (3,3) and Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2, 2) or
CHM 231 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (4) and CHM 332 Outlines of Biochemistry (4)

Eight hours of physics are required:
PHY 171, 173 and 172, 174 Two terms of College Physics with laboratory or
PHY 181, 183 and 182, 184 Two terms of The Physical World with laboratory

Eight hours of mathematics, including one statistics (STA 261 or STA 301) and one calculus (MT 151 or 153) course

Remaining related courses can be chosen from CHM, CIT, CSE, GLG, GEO, IES, MTH, MBI, PCE, PHY, PSY or STA, or from additional advanced BIO courses.