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What is Zoology?
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OSU Department of Zoology

What is Zoology?

Zoology is the study of animal biology -- from individual cells and molecules to entire ecosystems. It is basic to medicine and agriculture, to conservation and the environmental sciences. Zoologists study the structure, development, function, genetics, inter-relationships, behavior, and evolution of organisms. Some are attempting to understand molecular processes basic to life through studies at the sub-cellular level. Others investigate the regulation of organ systems. A growing concern for the impacts of human beings on the environment has increased the importance of study and research in the area of ecology.

OSU is the only institution in Oregon to offer a bachelor degree in zoology. By selecting appropriate electives from the list of upper-division courses, students can emphasize many areas such as cellular and developmental biology; organism biology; ecology or population biology; and behavior. Zoology majors have access to world-class faculty and facilities such as controlled environment rooms, large marine and freshwater aquaria, well-equipped laboratories both on campus and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, in addition to the varied fauna, flora, and ecosystems of Oregon. Undergraduates also engage in a variety of internships, international experiences and undergraduate research opportunities as part of their degree. Overall, OSU Zoology graduates are well prepared for a variety of zoology careers and the life sciences in general, and many of our students go on to graduate programs in the life sciences and professional programs in areas such as medicine and veterinary medicine.

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Job & Internship Search Links

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

Bio Careers - a job seeking database directed towards biological sciences. 

Science Careers - a great resource for science information and job seeking.

Dolphin Research Center - work and swim with dolphins, a unique and exciting way to use your major.

American Zoo and Aquarium Association - lists jobs in zoos, with opportunity to search for zoos nationwide.

BioCareer Center - lists entry-level and experienced positions in biotechnology and pharmaceutical research.

BioOnline.com - allows users to search for jobs by organization, with an opportunity to submit an online resume.

LifeSciencesWorld - lists professional positions in the life and medical sciences, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industry.

Naturejobs - lists professional positions related to life sciences and different scientific disciplines.

Sciencecareers - allows users from different scientific disciplines post resumes, curriculum vitas and link to industry employers.

Zoological Park Careers - SeaWorld

The Scientist: Careers

LANTRA - Land-based and Environmental Careers

Biotech Jobs

Tiny Tech Jobs

Science Careers

Careers with the USDA

Biotech Careers

New Scientist Jobs

Biology Jobs

Nature Jobs

Job Science

HHS Careers

Student Programs


Biogen Idec


South African Biocareer Job Portal

Science and Biotech Jobs

Science Next Wave

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook - the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

Explore Careers in Life Sciences

A Lifetime with Science from The American Institute of Biological Sciences - a career resource for biological sciences.

Careers in Biology Weblinks from Emporia State University - lots of great links for a variety of different sites that provide a ton of career information.

PhDs.org - great career resource guide for getting into and succeeding in grad school, postdoctoral life and finding a job.

Careers in Science and Engineering - a planning guide for grad school and beyond.

Healthcare Career Resource Center - information for persuing a healthcare career.

Careers in Veterinary Medicine-American Veterinary Medicine Association - a great resource for learning more about veterinary school and working as a vet.

Careers in Marine Science - tons of information about careers in marine sciences, with FAQ's and answers.

OSU Biology Department- list of search engines put together by the OSU Biology Department.

Zoology Careers

Careers in Biological Sciences

Sloan Career Cornerstone Center

Animal Behavior Society and Education

Professional Association Links

American Society for Microbiology - professional development opportunities for people new or just interested in microbiology.

American Academy of Forensic Sciences - resources and information for forensic sciences.

Association of Zoos & Aquariums

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

American Association of Zoological Horticulture

Society of Biology

Institute of Zoology

American Society for Cell Biology

American Association of Zoo Keepers

Association of Zoos & Aquariums

American Institute of Biological Sciences

The Company of Biologists


Miscellaneous Links

Journal of Cell Science

Science Daily - Zoology

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