In partnership with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Ohio Wildlife Center, and Reef Systems Coral Farm, the Otterbein University Department of Biology and Earth Science offers one of the top programs in the country where students can earn a B.A. or B.S. degree in Zoo and Conservation Science.
Otterbein’s Zoo and Conservation Science program is competitive, admitting only 24 students to the Zoo Track and 12 students to the Aquarium Track each academic year. Students wishing to major in Zoo and Conservation Science must be admitted to Otterbein University as a Pre-Zoo and Conservation major. During the first year, students take an introductory course and can then apply to the program at the end of spring semester of their first year.
Curricular Highlights of the Zoo and Conservation Science major at Otterbein University
- A first-year course introducing students to Zoos and Zookeeping or Marine Science in all of their facets
- Practicum experiences at the Ohio Wildlife Center in the sophomore year including hands-on rehabilitation experiences with native Ohio wildlife
- Practicum experience at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in the junior year including behind the scenes experiences involving enrichment and training or up-keeping your own salt water tank, visiting local aquariums, freshwater conservation and aquaculture facilities.
- Upper division Biology courses in topics such as animal nutrition, animal reproduction, vertebrate biology, invertebrate biology, coral reef ecology, aquatic biology and conservation biology.
- A semester long internship at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (for ten students) where students get the chance to work closely in a single area of zookeeping or education; other internship venues might include the Wilds, Reef Systems Coral Farm, other zoos, or at other appropriate agencies devoted to aquariums, wildlife or conservation
- The chance in the senior year to conduct undergraduate research on zoo animal behavior, visitor studies, tadpoles, coral reef ecology, freshwater mussels, or wildlife rehabilitation records.
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- Introduction to Molecular and Cell Biology
- Introduction to Organisms and Ecology
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesAnimal Sciences View 231 other Bachelors in Animal Sciences in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Common Application, including essay.
- $50 Application fee.
- Official transcripts/documents for four years of high school/secondary school (grades 9-12).
- Official Bank Statement(s) and Sponsor Guarantee form.
- Copy of passport and current visa (if applicable).
- All test scores must be reported directly from the testing center.
- Foreign language documents must be translated into English by the issuing institution, a certified translator or English teacher.
- SAT and ACT test scores and letters of recommendation are optional and may be submitted if they strengthen your application.
International32624 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 32624 USD per year during 48 months.
National32624 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 32624 USD per year during 48 months.
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