Zoology Major

Do you want to study the science of animal behavior, health, and more? 

At a glance

Zoologists focus on the behavior, health, and life processes of animals. Some study live animals in controlled or natural surroundings, while others study the structure and function of animal cells, tissues, and organ systems. In the Zoology major, you’ll study biology, chemistry, and mathematics, and then immerse yourself in specialized areas, including animal behavior, aquatic biology, ecology, genetics and evolution, and cellular/molecular biology and physiology. Students planning to attend veterinary school often major in zoology.  

Degree typeBachelor of Science
FormatOn campus
Part ofCollege of Natural Sciences
Competitive major?No
Accelerated option?No
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Some Career Options

You’ll be prepared to work in various areas of zoology, such as research or private industry, as well as graduate school/professional studies. Career fields include medical biotechnology, research, protective agencies (such as shelters and refuges), animal training, aquatic/marine biology, exotic animal jobs, and wildlife conservation. It is an appropriate major for students planning to attend medical or veterinary school. Graduates often pursue advanced degrees to carry out basic research or advance into leadership positions in industry. 

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Tours may be available as part of Admissions tours and info sessions, offered throughout the year.

For additional opportunities, please reach out to:

Warren Jackson, undergraduate recruitment coordinator, at warren.jackson@colostate.edu or (970) 491-4519.

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Want a more in-depth look at this major? Take a look at the program website to learn more.