Zoology (Minor)

Zoology (Minor)

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What is zoology?

Zoology is a field within the biological sciences dedicated to the study of animals.You’ll be introduced to the evolution, biodiversity and ecology of animals, comparing the physiological, anatomical and behavioral adaptions in creatures that range from tiny unicellular protista to terrestrial and marine birds and mammals. Combine this minor with a major such as education, business, biology,or environmental conservation and sustainability to continue your interest in animal sin your career or graduate studies.

Why study zoology at UNH?

Our programs offer easy access to ocean, lake and mountain habitats and emphasize hands-on learning, engaging you in research. Our faculty are experts in disciplines including freshwater, estuarine and marine biology, aquaculture, physiology, neurobiology and behavior. You’ll have opportunities in research facilities such as the Anadromous Fish and Aquatic Invertebrate Research Laboratory, the Aquaculture Research Center, the Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory, Jackson Estuarine Laboratory and the Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex. Summer courses can be taken at the Shoals Marine Laboratory in zoology-related fields such as seabird and marine mammal ecology, ornithology, shark biology, forensic science and animal behavior.

Potential career areas

  • Animal care
  • Aquaculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Conservation biology
  • Environmental consulting
  • Environmental protection
  • National Park Service
  • Nonprofit leadership
  • Outdoor education
  • Primary and secondary education
  • Public Relations
  • Research
  • State and federal fish and wildlife agencies
  • Wildlife rehabilitation


Maria Shortt

Senior Administrative Assistant
Phone: (603) 862-4400
Office: Biological Sciences, Spaulding Hall Rm 232, Durham, NH 03824

Department of Biological Sciences
University of New Hampshire
Spaulding Hall
38 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-4400

Curriculum & Requirements

The Zoology Minor is designed to provide a general introduction to animals and their ecology, while requiring in-depth knowledge of the diversity of at least one group (Animal Survey Course), a course dealing with animal structure, behavior, or physiology, and an additional animal-focused course of the student’s choice.

The Zoology minor requires five courses.

BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology4
Select ONE from Category I (Animal Survey):4-5
MEFB 628Marine Invertebrate Evolution and Ecology5
MEFB 510Field Ornithology4
NR 712Mammalogy4
ZOOL 542Ornithology4
ZOOL 555Introduction to Entomology4
ZOOL 566Herpetology4
ZOOL 710Sharks and Bony Fishes4
Select TWO from Category II (Animal Form, Function, Development & Behavior):4-5
ZOOL 518Comparative Morphology and Biology of Vertebrates0 or 4
ZOOL 529Developmental Biology0 or 4
ZOOL 625Principles of Animal Physiology3
BMS 718Mammalian Physiology4
MEFB 773Physiology of Fishes4
NSB 727Animal Communication4
ZOOL 613WAnimal Behavior5
ZOOL 690Evolution4
ZOOL 736Genes and Behavior4
Select ONE from Category III (Ecology):4-5
BIOL 541WEcology0 or 4
MEFB 717Lake Ecology4
MEFB 741Sharks: Biology and Conservation4
MEFB 772Fisheries Biology: Conservation and Management4
NR 660Ecology and Biogeography of New Zealand5
NR 661Restoration Ecology and Ecosystem Management in New Zealand4
ZOOL 708Stream Ecology4
ZOOL 733WBehavioral Ecology0 or 4
ZOOL 740Acoustic Ecology4

College of Life Sciences and Agriculture students: two courses in the major may be used toward the minor, as long as selected from the courses listed above.

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