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 Associated With This Field
Title Expertise
Cook, Amy ecology, vertebrate biology
Paros, Michael veterinary medicine
Styring, Alison ornithology
Thuesen, Erik marine science, zoology, ecophysiology
Yu, Pauline marine science
Selected Programs 2022-23
Title Class Standing Credits
Basic Psychological Processes and Behavior
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 12
Field Ecology
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Human/Animal/Anthropocene: Psychology and Anthropology
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Marine Biodiversity
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Principles of Learning
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Salmon, Raven, and Whale: The Pacific Northwest in Art and Science
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
14
Undergraduate Research with E. Thuesen
  • Junior
  • Senior
0
Undergraduate Research with M. Paros
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
0
Selected Programs 2023-24
Title Class Standing Credits
Anthrozoology
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Ecology of Grazing and Grasslands in the Pacific Northwest
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Field Ecology
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
The Science of Animal Husbandry and Food Animal Systems
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Undergraduate Research with E. Thuesen
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Undergraduate Research with M. Paros
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Wildlife Conservation Biology
  • Junior
  • Senior
16