College 3 x 5: Zoology and Zoo Management, 4-year programs
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my… Last week my College 3X5 list offered suggestions for students who are interested in pursuing a veterinary career and this week’s post could work as a pre-veterinary track, too. But zoology and zoo management programs train students for specific careers in wildlife parks, zoological parks or aquariums, and some may choose to specialize in exotic animal management and conservation. Here are five colleges with 4-year programs in Zoology and/or Zoo Management; next week I will list 2-year programs that prepare students to work in zoo environments or to advance to a 4-year program.
·The zoology major provides a core program with either general training in animal biology or an option in one of the following areas: animal behavior, aquatic biology, ecology, genetics and evolution, invertebrate organisms, cellular/molecular biology and physiology, systematics and morphology, or vertebrate organisms.
·The Zoology Department at Ohio Wesleyan offers four versions of its zoology major, each tailored to the career goals of the students in the major: Zoology/General, Zoology/Genetics, Zoology/Pre-professional, and Zoology/Biology.
·The campus zoology museum houses specimens of mammals, birds/eggs/nests, insects, mollusks, and corals; the Summer Science Research Program encourages students to collaborate with faculty in paid summer research projects.
·By the numbers: 75% acceptance rate; SAT Mid-ranges: CR 490-620, M 500-630; ACT Mid-range: 22-27; 4-year graduation rate: 58.6%.
· Otterbein's Zoo and Conservation Scienceprogram admits only 24 students each academic year. Students wishing to major in Zoo and Conservation Science must be admitted to Otterbein University as a Pre-Zoo and Conservation major and can then apply to the program during spring semester of their first year.
·An eight-month long internship at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is available for ten Otterbein students per year, where students get the chance to work closely in a single area of zookeeping.
·By the numbers: 74% acceptance rate; SAT Mid-ranges: CR 490-590, M 480-580; ACT Mid-range 21-26; 4-year graduation rate: 51%.
·University of Wyoming’s four-year plan for zoology majors leads students increasingly toward areas of concentration and leaves
·Students may apply for summer research grantsup to $5000 as part of a cooperative effort between the University of Wyoming and the National Park Service, enabling students to design wildlife management and zoology projects in Grant Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.
·By the numbers: 96% acceptance rate; SAT Mid-ranges: CR 480-620, M 510-620; ACT Mid-range: 22-27; 4-year graduation rate: 24%.
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