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 at the 600 or higher level of the student’s choice.

The Zoology minor requires five courses.

BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology4
BIOL 541Ecology4
Select one Animal Survey Course:4-5
MEFB 628
Marine Invertebrate Evolution and Ecology
NR 712
ZOOL 542
ZOOL 710
Sharks and Bony Fishes
Select one animal structure, behavior or physiology course:4-5
MEFB 628
Marine Invertebrate Evolution and Ecology
ZOOL 518
Comparative Morphology and Biology of Vertebrates
ZOOL 529
Developmental Biology
ZOOL 613
Animal Behavior
ZOOL 690
Select one additional animal-focused course at the 600 level or higher chosen from the courses above4-5

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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