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Zoology is one of the most interdisciplinary subjects in science.

Ecologists, physiologists, developmental biologists, geneticists, evolutionary biologists, and mathematicians make up the staff at Zoology. As a result, there is considerable flexibility in the choice of Zoology courses you can take.

Topics Covered by Zoology Papers

Paper topics include:

  • basic cell and animal biology
  • animal diversity
  • animal physiology and evolution
  • statistics
  • neurobiology
  • behavioural ecology
  • parasitology
  • aquatic ecology

Our courses also have a strong New Zealand flavour with an emphasis on the unique nature of our animals and their conservation and management problems.

We offer the traditional qualifications in Zoology, and the Department of Zoology contributes significantly to a number of other undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes:

Zoology Degree Planning Advice

Remember when planning your course to consider:

  • your career aspirations
  • personal subject interests

We also recommend students to recognise the importance of developing a solid science background (not only in biology but also in subjects such as chemistry, physics, geology or geography) and mathematical, statistical and computing skills.

Depending on your interests, there are a number of alternative pathways toward a Zoology major

See here for a list of suggested papers for Zoology majors

Zoology Qualifications Map

Have a look at the map below to see where your qualifications might take you. You can click on the qualifications to find out more information.

Zoology courses flowchartPh.D in Zoology information Diploma in Science (Zoology) information Wildlife Management website MSc (Zoology) information Science communication website minor in Zoology information major in Zoology information Honours (Zoology) information

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