Total credit hours: 66
The Zoo and Aquarium Science Technology curriculum prepares students for employment in zoological parks, aquaria, or other settings requiring animal care, breeding, education, conservation, or health of exotic animals.
Course work emphasizes biology, ethology, husbandry and conservation of animals that are on exhibit for education and/or conservation purposes. Students have practical experiences with basic husbandry skills and animal management techniques. Course work also includes technical skills to educate the public about animal well-being and conservation.
Graduates of the curriculum should qualify for entry-level employment opportunities in a variety of settings, including zoos, aquaria, nature science centers, and animal research facilities.
Zoo Science Technology: A program that focuses on the application of technical skills in the fields of animal management, conservation and education in a zoo setting. Potential coursework includes instruction in animal behavior in animal behavior, principles of zoo science, and animal enrichment. Specialized coursework in mammalogy, ornithology, herpetology and zoo pathophysiology are also included.
Division Chair: Jennifer Sink
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to follow written protocols.
- Communicate with the public in a professional manner.
- Effectively apply principles of Environmental Enrichment in a zoo or aquarium setting.
- Demonstrate skills valued in the workplace.
Students must demonstrate English and mathematics “college readiness” levels, via college-level English/math courses or by completion of or waiver credit for specified “transition” or co-requisite courses.
This program of study has additional enrollment requirements. View the Zoo Science and Aquarium Science Application Packet (opens in new window).
WBL Possible Clearance Requirements
A criminal background check and a drug screen may be required by the animal facility partner. Up-to-date immunizations are required by the WBL site prior to participation in the WBL course.
Students are required to earn a “C” or better in all ZAS, WBL and General Education courses to continue their enrollment in the Zoo Science program.
Students are not guaranteed internships for WBL courses. If a student does not acquire an internship for two (2) consecutive semesters, the student’s status in the Zoo Science program will need to be re-evaluated by the faculty and division chair.
In addition to Davidson-Davie requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of this program. Zoo and Aquarium Science Technical Standards (PDF opens in new window)
Decision to accept transfer courses must be approved by the division chair.
Students who complete this program may have opportunities to continue their education through the following 4-year institutions:
Winston-Salem State University - B.S. in Biology
See below for an example of a full time pathway.