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Study Zoology at Otago

Dophins jumping out of the water

Overview

Zoology is the study of the biology of animals. This simple definition, however, hides the complexity of the subject. There are many levels at which the biology of animals can be studied: molecular, physiological, structural, evolutionary, behavioural and ecological. Our courses emphasise the diversity and conservation of New Zealand's unique animals. 

A degree in Zoology will give you an appreciation of how animals function at all levels, whether they live on land, in fresh water, in the sea, or as parasites.

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Contact details

Email zoology@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/zoology

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Zoology (ZOOL) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Zoology

Level Papers Points
100-level

BIOL 112  Animal Biology

CELS 191  Cell and Molecular Biology

STAT 110   Statistical Methods, or STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics

18

18

18

200-level

ZOOL 221  Animal Designs for Living

ZOOL 222  Evolutionary Biology

ZOOL 223  Animal Physiology

18

18

18

300-level

Three of:
ZOOL 313  Environmental Physiology
ZOOL 314  Neurobiology
ZOOL 315  Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology
ZOOL 316  Biological Data Analysis and Computing
ZOOL 318  Freshwater Ecology
ZOOL 319  Conservation Biology
GENE 312  Evolutionary Genetics

One further paper from ZOOL 313, ZOOL 314, ZOOL 315, ZOOL 316, ZOOL 318, ZOOL 319, GENE 312, GENE 314, MARI 301, MARI 302

54

 

 

 

 

 

18

Plus

180 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

ZOOL 316  Biological Data Analysis and Computing, is strongly recommended for students intending to advance to PGDipSci or MSc in Zoology, PGDipWLM, or MWLM, and is required for students intending to advance to BSc(Hons) in Zoology.

180
Total   360

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Zoology

Papers

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Zoology

Papers

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Master of Science (MSc) in Zoology

Papers and Thesis

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Minor Subject Requirements

Zoology as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

BIOL 112  Animal Biology

CELS 191  Cell and Molecular Biology

18

18

200-level

At least two of:
ZOOL 221  Animal Designs for Living
ZOOL 222  Evolutionary Biology
ZOOL 223  Animal Physiology

36

300-level

At least one of ZOOL 313, ZOOL 314, ZOOL 315, ZOOL 316, ZOOL 318, ZOOL 319, GENE 312

One further paper from ZOOL 313, ZOOL 314, ZOOL 315, ZOOL 316, ZOOL 318, ZOOL 319, GENE 312, GENE 314, MARI 301, MARI 302

18
 
18

Total   108

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