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Zoology Major & Minor
Zoology is the study of animals: their structure, physiology, development and evolution, and adaptations to their environment. We are animals, and we are surrounded by them. One of the enduring fascinations of Zoology as a subject is that we can learn so much about ourselves and our environment by studying what our fellow creatures do. In Wyoming specifically, there is an abundance of wild animals and much has to be learned about them and how they react to changing climates and habitats.
Students who are interested in studying Zoology can do so by taking a range of courses that the Department of Zoology and Physiology offers. The department is lucky to have many expert zoologists on its staff, and it can offer courses that cover all aspects of Zoology. As for all degree programs, students also have to meet University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements.
Typical Program of Study for Zoology Majors:
In this year, students take introductory courses in subjects such as biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics as these provide essential tools for understanding zoological ideas and processes.
In this year, students finish any introductory courses they have not yet completed and begin the study of zoology by taking courses in anatomy, physiology, genetics, and evolution, and these subjects provide the great underlying principles of animal structure and function, and the mechanisms of evolution.
Junior and Senior Years
In these years, students can elect to concentrate in those areas of zoology that they find most interesting. The department has strengths in four areas: cell and developmental biology, physiology, organismal biology, and ecology.
Over their junior and senior years, students can take courses such as Cell Biology, Histology, Developmental Biology, Animal Behavior, Invertebrate Zoology, Herpetology, Ornithology, Ichthyology, Mammalogy, and several different courses in Physiology (see Studying Physiology at the University of Wyoming).
At the end of this program, students will have a comprehensive knowledge of zoology, be will prepared for graduate study, and be able to enter many of the job opportunities.