Zoology students examining a skull of an animal with large canine teeth.

Zoology Degree Plan

Degree Options

Bachelor of Science in Zoology

  • Zoology – General Option
  • Zoology – Accelerated Pre-Veterinary Option
  • Zoology – Pre-Veterinary/Animal care Option
  • Zoology – Pre-medicine/Pre-dentistry Option




Certificate in Quantitative Biology

Admission to the Major Requirements

Admission to the Zoology major a 2.0 GPA at WSU.

Suggested Classes for First-year Students

  • Two science or math classes
    • OR One science and one math
    • PLUS Two non-science classes each semester

Suggested Classes for Transfer Students                

Core biology, physical sciences, mathematics, and statistics requirements and electives

Math Requirement        

  • Math 140: Calculus for Life Scientists
    • OR Math 171: Calculus I

Core Courses    

  • Biology 106: Introductory Biology: Organismal Biology
  • Biology 107: Introductory Biology: Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Biology 301: General Genetics
  • Biology 372: General Ecology
    • OR Biology 370: Ecology of Health and Disease
  • Biology 395: Evolutionary Biology
    • OR Biology 403: Evolutionary Biology
    • OR Biology 405: Principles of Organic Evolution
  • Chemistry 105: Principles of Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 106: Principles of Chemistry II
  • Chemistry 345: Organic Chemistry I
  • Math 140: Calculus for Life Scientists
    • OR Math 170: Calculus I
  • Physics 101 and 102: General Physics
    • OR Physics 201 and 202: Physics for Scientists and Engineers
  • Statistics 212: Introduction to Statistical Methods
    • OR Statistics 412: Statistical Methods in Research

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Program Strengths

  • Build a strong foundation in the sciences.
  • Use options to focus on depth and breadth of interest areas.
  • Courses cover zoology: development, comparative physiology, human physiology, comparative anatomy, human anatomy, human nutrition, organismal biology (fishes, reptiles, amphibians), birds, and mammals, conservation biology, disease biology, genetics and genomics, ecology, and evolutionary biology.
  • Small class sizes in advanced courses.
  • Opportunities for one-on-one research with biology faculty, including field and laboratory experiences.
  • Students gain skills in research design, data analysis, DNA and cell biological techniques, physiological diagnostics, ecological and environmental assessment, phylogenetic and evolutionary analysis, global complex systems analysis, computer modeling and simulations, scientific writing, and professional communications.
  • Coursework and experiences designed to prepare students for graduate and professional schools.
  • Math, science, and engineering community residence halls with other entering students in same classes provide opportunities for group study, tutoring, and computer lab access.
  • Conner Museum of Natural History has animal skins, skeletons, and taxidermy mounts for research and study.

Student Clubs of Interest

  • Biology club
  • Zoology Club
  • Raptor Club and Rehabilitation Program
  • Scientista
  • Pre-Health Professions:
  • Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS)
  • Pre-Dental Club
  • Pre-Health Club
  • Pre-Nursing Club: Rho Nu
  • Pre-Pharmacy Club
  • Pre-Physician Assistant Club
  • Pre-PT/OT Club
  • Pre-Vet Club (AKA Organization of Future Veterinarians)

Career Options

  • Medicine, dentistry, and health fields
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Animal care and rehabilitation
  • Zoo and marine park administration
  • Fisheries and wildlife biology
  • Conservation and resource management
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental assessment
  • Biotechnology and genetic engineering
  • Forensics and pathology
  • Public policy
  • Science education
  • Science writing and journalism