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What is Zoology and Animal Biology?

Zoology and Animal Biology is the study of animals, their environments and interactions, and the cellular makeup and processes that keep them alive. Degrees in zoology and animal biology can be obtained at the associate level and continue until the PhD, though most individuals will typically pursue at least a bachelor's degree. Zoology and animal biology is considered a very broad sub-field of biology, and provides skills and knowledge in scientific research, laboratory science, along with chemistry, physics and genetics.

Educational Requirements

Individuals enrolled in a zoology and animal biology programs will study the various aspects of animal life, particularly the physiology of a given animal and how it has adapted to operate in its natural environment. Students will be learn to utilize scientific analyses and research, utilizing actual specimens to study both in the wild and in a laboratory setting. Student will also learn how to apply the information obtained from the various sciences into applicable use, particularly when studying animals at cellular and molecular levels. Schools with programs in zoology and animal biology typically have resources such as wildlife preserves, estuaries, or other such locations from which to perform tests and experiments, allowing for the development of practical knowledge and experience prior to pursuing internships or career opportunities.

A curriculum in zoology and animal biology may include:

  • Entomology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Animal Physiology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Organic Chemistry

Zoology and animal biology as a career is a narrow field that is predominantly occupied with research. There are job opportunities available and job growth is expected to remain steady, but these opportunities will be limited. Careers in zoology and animal biology are typically defined by the field of study.

For example:

  • Ornithologist (Birds)
  • Mammalogist (Mammals)
  • Herpetologist (Reptiles)
  • Ichthyologist (Fish)
  • Entomologist (Insects)

Employment Opportunities

Due to the nature of zoology and animal biology, career opportunities are highly competitive, often requiring individuals to participate as interns for two or more projects prior to obtaining a paid position. Those who obtain positions will either do so through research proposals, or as a member of an existing agency or project. Research studies and projects may be funded by the government, colleges or universities, private business or a combination of these. Many individuals will work in parks, incorporating study opportunities into a preservation work, often identifying changes in patterns or behaviors in animals that may adversely affect the environment or animal populations.

Salary, Job Growth and Related Fields

The average salary of zoologists and animal biologists is approximately $55,000 per year. The lowest 10% earned less than $33,500 per year. The primary employer of zoologists and animal biologists is the federal government through research grants. The obtaining of available grant money is competitive due to the large number of proposals put forward by individuals or groups in a given year, and competition is expected to be higher as the number of PhDs awarded increase each year. Because the grants are typically long term and budgeted for in the year the grant is awarded, grantees are less affected by recession than other professions. Individuals working in non-research positions but employed by local, state or federal governments are subject to budgetary constraints in a given year. Those who work in the private sector typically earn higher and have greater job security.

Those interested in a degree in zoology and animal biology may also wish to consider a degree in biology, wildlife biology and animal behavior and ethology.

Top Colleges that Offer Zoology by Number of Graduates

Listed below are the most popular schools in the U.S. that have zoology programs. Schools can be filtered by clicking the drop-down menu below and selecting a state.

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Miami University - Oxford

Oxford, OH

Miami University - Oxford is a public institution located in Oxford, Ohio and provides a large number of degree programs for students. Miami University - Oxford has a yearly student enrollment of approximately seventeen thousand.Students can pick from a few areas of study,...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $13,594
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (513) 529-1809

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Botany (B,M,D)
  • Cell Biology and Anatomical Sciences (B,M,D)

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University, located in East Lansing, is a public research facility. It was a pioneer land grant institution when it was founded in 1855. Under the Morrill Act of 1862, Michigan State University served as a model for future land grant schools in the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,622
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (517) 355-1855

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Science (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (B,M,D)

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus

Norman, OK

The University of Oklahoma (OU) Norman Campus is ranked number one among public universities in the nation for its number of National Merit Scholars, and is in the top five public universities in terms of its number of Rhodes Scholars. And, OU is ranked in the top 10 public...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $8,706
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (405) 325-0311

Programs Offered

  • Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Botany (B,M,D)
  • Microbiology (B,M,D)
  • Zoology (B,M,D)

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, WI

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is the main campus of the University of Wisconsin (UW) System. Its founding in 1848 was the result of a Wisconsin constitutional provision, mandating the institution of a state university within the state...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,378
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (608) 262-1234

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Biophysics (B,M,D)
  • Molecular Biology (B,M,D)

Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

Ohio State University is the largest single campus university in the US. It is located in Columbus, Ohio and is a public research university. History Ohio State University was established as a...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,037
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (614) 292-6446

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Science (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Biophysics (B,M,D)

Ohio University

Athens, OH

Ohio University (OHIO) is a national, public research university located in Athens, Ohio. U.S. News and World Report ranks Ohio University in the top 60 public national universities. It is ranked fourth in the nation by the Forbes ranking for its return on investment in...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,282
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (740) 593-1000

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Botany (B,M,D)
  • Molecular Biology (B,M,D)
  • Microbiology (B,M,D)

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

North Carolina State University at Raleigh (NC State) is ranked in the top 50 U.S. public universities, and number three in the U.S. among public universities that receive funding for research.  Research is a foundation of the academic culture at NC State, and 70...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,788
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (919) 515-2011

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Botany (B,M,D)
  • Plant Pathology, Phytopathology (B,M,D)

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI

URI is a public institution located in Kingston, RI and provides a large number of program options for students. As a land grant institution this school is one of the larger public institutions in the state of Rhode Island. Nearly 16,000 students enroll at URI yearly.A list of some of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,450
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (401) 874-1000

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Molecular Biology (B,M,D)

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Carbondale, IL

Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) is public research university. It is located in Carbondale, Illinois on a large, picturesque campus. SIUC ranks among the top universities in the U.S. It offers undergraduate degrees in a comprehensive range of academic subjects...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $11,528
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (618) 453-2121

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Molecular Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Botany (B,M,D)
  • Microbiology (B,M,D)

North Dakota State University

Fargo, ND

North Dakota State University is a public university that has a large number of programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in Fargo, North Dakota, in a predominately urban area. As a land grant institution this school is among larger public institutions in the state of...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,353
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (701) 231-8011

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (B,M,D)
  • Botany (B,M,D)

University of California - Davis

Davis, CA

University of California - Davis (UCD), located in the northern city of Davis, California, offers the largest variety of degree programs among the University of California campuses.  UC Davis's programs are nationally ranked, thanks in part to the universities...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $13,877
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (530) 752-1011

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Biophysics (B,M,D)
  • Molecular Biochemistry (B,M,D)

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida is located in Gainsville, Florida and is one of the three largest single campus universities in the US.  It is one of three research flagship universities within the State University System of Florida and is the most prestigious school of...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,143
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (352) 392-3261

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Botany (B,M,D)
  • Plant Pathology, Phytopathology (B,M,D)
  • Plant Molecular Biology (B,M,D)

Washington State University

Pullman, WA

Washington State University (WSU) is one of the top 60 public research universities in the U.S. The main campus for WSU is its Pullman Campus, located in southeastern Washington and 75 miles south of Spokane. WSU also has campuses in Spokane, Vancouver and the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,300
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (509) 335-3564

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Science (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Molecular Biology (B,M,D)

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

Colorado State University (CSU) is a leading public research university located in Fort Collins, Colorado. CSU is named as the "university of choice" for residents of Colorado. The university offers more than 150 programs of study and 55 departments in eight colleges. It...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $8,649
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (970) 491-1101

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Science (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Botany (B,M,D)

University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH

University of New Hampshire is a public institution that has many degree programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in Durham, NH, in a predominately suburban area. As a land grant institution this school is among larger public institutions in the state of New...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $16,422
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (603) 862-1234

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M)
  • Biomedical Science (B,M)
  • Biochemistry (B,M)
  • Botany (B,M)

Auburn University

Auburn University, AL

Auburn University in Alabama is one of the few educational institutions in the United States that is designated as a land, sea and space grant university. Auburn University offers more than 140 academic degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,446
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (334) 844-4000

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B)
  • Molecular Biology (B)
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology (B)
  • Zoology (B)

University of California - Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) is a public research university located roughly 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The palm-lined, 1,000 plus acre campus is situated along the Pacific Ocean, with views of the ocean and Santa Ynez...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $13,671
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (805) 893-8000

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B)
  • Biochemistry (B)
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (B)
  • Cell Biology and Anatomical Sciences (B)

SUNY College at Oswego

Oswego, NY

SUNY College at Oswego is a public school that has a fair number of programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in Oswego, New York, in a predominately rural area. Enrollment at SUNY College at Oswego is nearly eight thousand per year.Students may pick from a few...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,841
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (315) 312-2500

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B)
  • Biochemistry (B)
  • Zoology (B)

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Oregon State University (OSU) is a top public research university located in the idyllic scenic town of Corvallis, Oregon. Just 90 miles south of Portland, OSU students are surrounded by 400 acres of the verdant green that Oregon is famous for, and within easy reach of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $8,138
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (541) 737-0123

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (B,M,D)
  • Botany, Plant Biology (B,M,D)
  • Molecular Biology (B,M,D)

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK

Oklahoma State University (OSU) is a public, land-grant university located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, that is committed to teaching, research and community outreach. OSU is one of the top universities in the nation, offering innovative study programs in a range of...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,442
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (405) 744-5000

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Botany (B,M,D)
  • Plant Pathology, Phytopathology (B,M,D)

Source: IPEDS Survey 2008-2011: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.