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Summary

The zoology major is a gateway to the diverse areas of modern biology. The major can be tailored to prepare students for advanced study and careers in many different areas: health professions and public health; law; life sciences research in university, government, and industrial settings; education including museum, nature center, secondary school, and college teaching; biotechnology; and environmental studies.

Specialized preparation is offered in ecology, systematic, limnology, morphology, molecular biology, cellular biology, developmental biology, genetics, neurobiology, physiology, evolution, and behavior. Several possible areas, emphasizing different interests, are outlined in the requirements tab. They include ecology, evolution, and behavior; anatomy, physiology, and organism biology; and cellular, molecular, and developmental biology. The department encourages undergraduate participation in research and offers summer research scholarships to outstanding students.

Goals of the Zoology Major

The zoology major emphasizes critical thinking and conceptual skills that come from an understanding of how scientific information is obtained and evaluated, and of how this information can be applied to societal issues. The major provides a solid foundation in genetic, cellular, physiological, ecological, and evolutionary principles, and in the related disciplines of chemistry, physics, and mathematics. As a result, the major fosters an understanding of biological complexity including the interrelationships among humans and natural systems.

The unique characteristics of the zoology major include:

  • Broad-based, yet integrated training in wide-ranging areas of biology;
  • Solid foundation of basic principles and processes in biology;
  • Flexibility and advising needed to allow students to tailor the major to their specific goals;
  • Wide range of opportunities for undergraduate involvement in independent research and senior thesis

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the principles of genetics.
  • Understand the principles of cellular biology.
  • Understand the principles of physiology.
  • Understand the principles of ecology.
  • Understand the principles of evolution.
  • Understand current issues in biology.
  • Provide solid connections to related disciplines of chemistry, physics and mathematics.
  • Understand how scientific information is obtained.
  • Understand biological complexity.
  • Understand the interrelationship of humans and natural systems.
  • Develop quantitative reasoning skills (ability to solve problems requiring mathematic/statistical reasoning).
  • Develop critical thinking skills (ability to identify a problem, identify the information needed to solve the problem, and develop methods for solving the problem).
  • Develop skills to effectively communicate scientific information through oral presentations.
  • Develop skills to effectively communicate scientific information through written reports.
  • Develop skills to critically evaluate scientific information.
  • Develop an ability to engage in scientific inquiry.
  • Develop an ability to plan scientific experiments.
  • Access scientific information from various electronic and print sources.
  • Apply scientific knowledge to societal issues.
  • Appreciate the diversity of life.
  • Build a strong foundation for potential graduate study.
  • Develop a sense of competence in the field of study.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study BS in Zoology.

Full Time (Minimum of 120 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$37,785.00 (27,69,618) per year

From

21 Jan, 02 Sep

Venue

College of Letters and Science

South Hall, 1055 Bascom Mall,

University of Wisconsin–Madison,

MADISON,

Wisconsin,

53706, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicant must have high school record should demonstrate both rigor and breadth in the types of course work you pursue. A competitive academic record should show some of the most challenging advanced-level work offered at or through your school in as many areas as possible, while maintaining a strong GPA. The following chart shows the number of years that most admitted students studied in each subject area; English 4 years, Math 4 years, Social Studies 3-4 years, Science 3-4 years, Single Foreign Language 3-4 years and Additional Academic/Fine Arts 2 years. Applicant must have ACT score of 30 and overall SAT score of 1395.

English Language Requirement

Applicant must have TOEFL score of 100 on internet based test, 603 on the paper-based test or IELTS score of 6.5

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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