Why choose Zoology at WSU?
- Opportunities to learn and do research in WSU's new labs and facilities: the DNA Laboratory for molecular genetics instruction, a human anatomy teaching laboratory and a computer laboratory.
- Access to state-of-the-art equipment for learning anatomy, physiology, genetics cell biology and ecology.
- Highly respected pre-medical professional programs.
- Approximately 55 percent acceptance rate of WSU students applying to medical school (national average: 46 percent) and 90 percent acceptance rate of those applying to dental school over the past three years.
- Opportunities to qualify for one of eight awards and scholarships the department offers each year.
- Opportunities to qualify for paid student research.
- Opportunities to learn from professors who are experts in their fields. For example, Dr. Jon Clark’s research on the brine flies of the Great Salt Lake has led to the discovery of new species. Dr. Ron Meyers’ anatomical studies are consistently published in the leading international journals.
- A zoology major received the first national Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society award granted to a WSU student.
What degrees/certificates are available?
Bachelor of Science (BS) Zoology
Bachelor of Science or Arts (BS or BA) Biology Composite Teaching Major
Departmental Honors: Zoology
Biology Teaching Minor
Associate of Science (AS) and Certificate
Emphasis: Urban and Regional Planning
What courses are offered through online/distance learning?
The Department of Zoology offers various classes online. For more information, contact the department at 801-626-6165 or click here.
What are the employment opportunities?
WSU zoology students have a
high acceptance into medical schools throughout the country. Graduates
also provide health care in other settings, teach in public schools,
work as laboratory technicians in scientifically-oriented businesses and
institutions, work in wildlife/conservation fields, and teach in
colleges and universities.
Depending on training and experience, starting salaries range from $20,000 (e.g., entry-level technician) to hundreds of thousands of dollars (e.g., neurosurgeon). For more information, go to Career Services.
Is there an application deadline?
Although there is no application deadline, we encourage you to register for classes early. Contact the zoology department for specific information or to schedule an advisement time.
What will I learn in the program?
Your introductory and general education courses will explain basic concepts about nature. In your upper-division classes, you will study cell biology, physiology and ecology. As you develop an understanding of the scientific method, you will learn to analyze and solve problems and to communicate information to various audiences.