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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Zoology

Page address: http://cset.mnsu.edu/biology/programs/ugrad/zoology.html

Click here to get a sample 4-yr plan Zoology is a major branch of the biological sciences that involves the study of animals. Study in this area focuses on organismal diversity, animal structures and the functions, genetics, development, evolution, behavior, and ecological interactions. Occupations that may be available to graduate include: Animal Husbandry, Museum/Zoo Guide, Animal Laboratory Technician, Animal Trainer, Pest Control Technician, Museum Curator, Entomologist, Environmental Consultant, Field Researcher, Science Writer, Physician, Veterinarian, Wildlife Rehabilitator, Zoo Keeper, and Zoologist. Advanced training in professional or graduate schools is required in many of these areas and acceptance for advanced training is competitive. Success in this career field typically requires: a thorough knowledge of general biology, the ability to work and relate with animals, proficiency in reading and writing the ability to collect and analyze data, and an interest in problem solving and decision making. All Biology B.S. emphases require BIOL 105, BIOL 106, BIOL 211, CHEM 201, and ENG 271W.


 

Emphasis Required General Education (choose 8 credits)

  • MATH 112 College Algebra (4)
  • MATH 113 Trigonometry (3)
  • MATH 115 Precalculus Mathematics (4)
  • PHYS 211 Principles of Physics I (4)

 Emphasis Core Courses (choose 19 credits)

  • BIOL 105 General Biology I (4)
  • BIOL 106 General Biology II (4)
  • BIOL 211 Genetics (4)
  • BIOL 215 General Ecology (4)
  • BIOL 316 Animal Diversity (3)
  • BIOL 408 Vertebrate Ecology (4)
  • BIOL 431 Comparative Animal Physiology (3)
  • BIOL 424 Developmental Biology (3)
  • CHEM 201 General Chemistry I (5)
  • ENG 271W Technical Writing (4)

 Emphasis Restricted Electives (choose 6-7 credits)

  • BIOL 420 Diagnostic Parasitology (3)
  • BIOL 421 Entomology (3)
  • BIOL 436 Animal Behavior (4)
  • BIOL 438 General Endocrinology (3)

 Emphasis Unrestricted Electives (choose 6 credits)

Other courses may apply with advisor’s consent. A MAXIMUM of four credits may be used from BIOL 492, BIOL 497, and BIOL 499 combined.

  • BIOL 320 Cell Biology (4)
  • BIOL 324 Neurobiology (3)
  • BIOL 403 Conservation Biology (3)
  • BIOL 409 Advanced Field Ecology (4)
  • BIOL 410 Global Change Biology (3)
  • BIOL 412 Soil Ecology (4)
  • BIOL 420 Diagnostic Parasitology (3)
  • BIOL 435 Histology (4)
  • BIOL 438 General Endocrinology (3)
  • BIOL 460 Introduction to Toxicology (3)
  • BIOL 472 Microbial Ecology and Bioremediation (4)
  • BIOL 479 Molecular Biology (4)
  • BIOL 492 Honors Research (1-3)
  • BIOL 497 Internship I (1-12)
  • BIOL 499 Individual Study (1-4)

 Emphasis Required Support Courses Chemistry (choose one)

  • CHEM 111 Chemistry of Life Processes (5)
  • CHEM 202 General Chemistry II (5)
  • Statistics (choose one) HLTH 475
  • Biostatistics (3) STAT 154 Elementary Statistics (3)

 Recommended Support Courses

  • IT 100 Introduction to Computing and Applications (4)
  • MATH 121 Calculus I (4)

 Required Minor: None

  


 

Minnesota State University Mankato
Department of Biological Sciences
S-242 Trafton Science Center South
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 389-2786

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