Zoology

What is a Zoology Major?

Zoology faculty organize and present their teaching and research efforts in a variety of ways: by level of biological organization (from cell to individual to population), type of interaction (competition, predation, parasitism), and kind, or classification, of animal (insects, birds, fishes). All students interested in any area of the biological sciences, including Zoology, enter UCSB as pre-biological sciences majors. Pre-biology majors share a common core curriculum, typically completed during the freshman and sophomore years, consisting of introductory biology with laboratory, general chemistry with laboratory, mathematics (calculus and statistics), physics with laboratory, and for many of the majors, an additional 2-3 terms of organic chemistry with laboratory. 

The zoology major does not require organic chemistry in preparation for the major, however, upper division organic chemistry courses can be used to satisfy part of the upper division major coursework. After completion of key preparatory coursework, students may petition to declare the full major. The Zoology major requires completion of 48 upper-division quarter units in biological sciences including: courses in genetics, physiology, diversity and systematics; one course in either developmental biology, evolution or ecology; plus electives from the disciplines of botany, organic chemistry, anthropology, geography and geology. In practice, most students enroll in both laboratory and field courses. In addition to these major requirements, students choose electives in consultation with faculty advisors.

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