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Aquarium and Zoo Science

  • BIOL_AquariumandZooScienceIntro

    Why study Aquarium and Zoo Science?

    For more information

    Dr. Devonna Sue Shoemaker

    p. 814.472.3321

    smorra@francis.edu

    This BA degree is specifically built to prepared students for careers in aquariums and zoos upon completion. The students will complete a broad survey of biology the first year and then build upon this by completing courses in animal care, animal nutrition, vertebrate zoology, invertebrate zoology, microbiology, genetics, and marine biology. Skills will be developed by students while completing their animal care practicum and internships along with laboratory exercises. Students will have the opportunity to develop presentation skills both in front of and inside a large aquarium, presenting information to school children and visitors to the biology department.

    Aquarium and Zoo Science at SFU

    Students will have "hands-on" training in the program. We coordinate learning both with animals on campus and with a local wildlife facility. Animal behavior studies are also completed during coursework. Training is specific to meet the needs of employers in aquariums and zoos.

    Degree Options:

  • Major
    • Aquarium and Zoo Science, B.A.

    See requirements: Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of Sciences to view degree requirements. 

    Career Opportunities

    Career opportunities exist at nature centers and wildlife rehabilitation centers along with the many aquarium and zoos. Students could also seek employment with whale watch groups and others types of activities where animal knowledge and presentation abilities are utilized.