Zoology

The field of zoology covers the study of the biology, behavior, evolution, and ecology of animals from microscopic zooplankton to charismatic megafauna such as eagles and whales. You will develop a broad understanding of animal biology in terrestrial, aquatic, and marine ecosystems.

Evergreen's unique location in the heart of the Pacific Northwest provides a multitude of opportunities to work with organizations such as:

  • National parks
  • National forests
  • Refuges
  • Forest management companies
  • Conservation groups
  • Marine life management
  • State and local government

Opportunities for internships with local, private, state, and federal agencies give students direct experience working in the field. You can explore a 1,000-acre forest reserve, five free-flowing streams, open shoreline, organic farm, shellfish club, and will have extended field trip opportunities to gain a depth and breadth of practical experience that is unrivaled.

Evergreen's Natural History Museum with its collections of insect, bird, mammal, fish, reptile, and amphibian specimens is a valuable resource for the study morphology and ecology. The Aquarium Lab will provide you with an opportunity to study marine invertebrates and fishes up close and learn about their husbandry.

You can go on to successful graduate programs and career paths around the world. The skills and knowledge you'll develop in zoology programs can lead you to a variety of careers in fields such as:

  • Conservation biology
  • Wildlife management
  • Fisheries biology
  • Ornithology
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Animal husbandry

Faculty

See faculty who teach in Biological Sciences.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Selected Programs 2021-22
Title Class Standing Credits
Birds, Patterns, and Poetry
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 16
Fisheries in the Pacific Northwest: Biology and Political Ecology
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Ecology of Grazing and Grasslands in the Pacific Northwest
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Field Ecology
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Symbiosis
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Anthrozoology
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Vertebrate Zoology: Animal Systems, Evolution, and Ecology
  • Junior
  • Senior
16