A program built specifically to prepare students for careers in aquaria and zoos.
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Dr. Justin Merry
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Do you want to work in a zoo or aquarium? Do you want to work behind the scenes caring for or training animals? Do you want to educate visitors about biodiversity, conservation, and natural history?
The Aquarium and Zoo Science major is a B.A. degree with heavy emphasis in biology, animal husbandry, and psychology. Students will have "hands-on" training in the program. We coordinate learning both with animals on campus and with a local wildlife facility. Coursework includes an emphasis on animal behavior, animal nutrition, biodiversity, and the psychology of learning. The program is designed to specifically meet the needs and expectations of employers in aquariums and zoos.
Aquarium and Zoo Science majors have the opportunity to make use of
technology in the aquarium. Our 1,500-gallon aquarium is large enough
for a single diver to enter, and students are involved in the operation
of the large-scale filtration system needed to maintain it. We also
make use of a submersible security camera
to monitor fishes in the aquarium. These cameras are connected to a
DVR system; recording and playback of fish behavior allows our students
to diagnose abnormal behavior, which often is among the first
manifestations of a health problem. Finally, this camera, along with a
special mask connected to a speaker system, allows our students to
deliver presentations from directly inside the aquarium (read more on our use of cameras here).
See requirements: Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of Sciences to view degree requirements.
View the Aquarium & Zoo Science Paradigm [PDF]
Career opportunities exist at nature centers and wildlife rehabilitation
centers along with the many aquarium and zoos. Students can also seek
employment with whale watch groups and others types of activities where
animal knowledge and presentation abilities are utilized.
Students at Saint Francis University are using submersible cameras to track fish health and pursue new research opportunities.
Learn More About These Cameras
Learn about our SCUBA Diving in St. Lucia study abroad program
Learn more about our SCUBA Club
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