"In six days, we treated 767 dogs, cats, pigs, cattle, and horses. I was given the freedom to do the physical exams myself, listening to heart and lung sounds and palpitating lymph nodes.”
Karianna Crowder ( Zoology '17) worked at a pet clinic in Nicaragua during one of several study abroad programs that she embarked on at OSU.
The BASICS: Zoology
Department: Integrative Biology
Degrees offered: Bachelor of Science
Online option: Yes
What is zoology?
Zoology is all about the study of animals. If you love animals and want to dedicate your career to diverse animal species, habitats and ecosystems, then this could be the right major for you! At Oregon State, you will gain a solid foundation in biological sciences while exploring the diversity, organismal biology, ecology and evolution of animals to match your specific interests in animal science. Our zoology majors actively engage in lab and field research, working alongside faculty in a variety of projects.
Why get a zoology degree?
The zoology program will prepare you well for jobs in a variety of fields, such as animal care and husbandry, curatorial and museum management, laboratory animal research, field biology and conservation, and environmental management and policy, as well as graduate programs related to the biology of animals.
Did you know: The zoology major, housed in the nationally ranked Department of Integrative Biology in the School of Life Sciences, is the only one in the state of Oregon!
The PAYOFF: Careers in Zoology
What can you do with a zoology degree?
OSU zoology graduates obtain jobs in varied fields that include animal care and husbandry, curatorial and museum management, laboratory animal research, field biology and conservation and environmental management and policy.
Here are just several examples of career pathways our zoology alumni have followed:
- Zookeeper |Utah's Hogle Zoo
- Wildlife Biologist | Catalina Island Conservancy
- Operations Coordinator | Cascades Raptor Center
- Nature center education specialist
- Museum curator
- Federal wildlife biologist
- Non-governmental organization policy analyst
- Environmental consultant
- Laboratory technician
- Wildlife rehabilitator
- Biological illustrator
The PROGRAM: Studying zoology at Oregon State
Your zoology curriculum
- What kind of classes will you take? Check out our list of zoology courses:
Zoology courses >
- What could your class schedule look like over four years? Have a look at this sample plan to help guide your way towards graduation:
Zoology major: sample plan >
Get your zoology degree online
Did you know: We're home to the country's first online zoology degree, taught by nationally renowned biologists at Oregon State’s Department of Integrative Biology! The program features a wide range of courses on the biology of animals and opens opportunities to jobs in conservation, animal research and more. Online students receive the same OSU diploma and transcripts as OSU's on-campus students.
Get your zoology degree through OSU’s Ecampus >
The EXPERIENCE: Hands-on opportunities
What makes a zoology degree from Oregon State better? One big reason: our hands-on learning experiences! Science is often a competitive career field - these experiences give you the real-world skills to support your future goals.
Fun fact: The Department of Integrative Biology is a campus leader in study abroad — our students make up a large portion of total OSU majors studying abroad. Participate in a wide variety of abroad experiences around the world in STEM or other areas of interest.
This is your chance to see up close what it means to be a scientist. Don’t just study science in the classroom — get in a lab and contribute to it, working alongside world-class faculty!
Learn why undergraduate research is better here >
Internships serve as your perfect transitional experience into a career field. Gain real-world career experience while exploring the career possibilities your degree opens up.
Learn about amazing internship opportunities >
Our students’ work spans the globe! Immerse yourself in another culture to gain a global perspective in your studies.
Take your science studies around the world >
Here’s your chance to discover like-minded communities of peers who share your interests! Come together and engage in meaningful ways.
Connect with a club and more members of Team Science >
The SUPPORT: Connect with your advisor
Your science advisor is your all-in-one resource for college success! Our advisors will help you navigate your whole journey at OSU. If you have questions now, you can reach out to one of our amazing peer advisors and they can help you with anything you’d like to know about our programs or being a student at OSU.
And of course, you can always reach out to our Student Peer Advisors at email@example.com with questions, as well! Our Peer Advisor team is friendly, helpful and can share their first-hand knowledge of the Oregon State experience.