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Zoology is a life science degree that provides you with a thorough background in the biology of animals. This program equips you with the foundational knowledge needed for veterinary school, or any other other health-care related career. With a Zoology major, you learn about animal diversity and select among upper-division courses on specific animal groups and/or related topics. You will also work on an independent research project in a faculty mentor’s lab or complete a relevant internship.

Courses to expect for this major include Animal Biology, General Ecology, Vertebrate Morphology, Invertebrate Zoology, General Genetics, and Evolution, as well as a choice among specialized, upper-division courses. 

Career Options 

Zoology graduates are prepared to enter a variety of career fields, including the public and private sector, graduate school, or professional programs, such as medical school or veterinary school. Our graduates enjoy successful careers in a variety of fields:
• Biotechnology
• Conservation Biology
• Education
• Environmental Management
• Health Care
• Industry
• Medicine
• Politics and Policy
• Research
• Science Museums/Zoos/Aquariums

Finish in Four

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The Finish in Four plans are designed to assist you in an eight semester plan guiding you to graduate within four years. You may use this as a guide to plan your undergraduate education, but you should adjust it to fit your personal goals.

BS - Zoology
Option - Ecology and Conservation Biology
Option - Pre-Med
Option - Pre-Veterinary Science


A minor in Zoology is designed to provide you with a broad background in the biology of animals. Courses include Animal Biology, General Genetics, Evolution, and a choice among specialized animal-based courses, such as Biology of Fishes, General Parasitology, Herpetology, Invertebrate Zoology, Limnology, Mammalogy, or Ornithology.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of Registrar.


Scholarships are available for prospective freshmen, transfer students, current students and continuing students through the University, College of Arts and Sciences, and respective Departments.

When you complete the OSU admission application, you are automatically considered for the University Level scholarships.

Students are eligible for College Level scholarships within the College of Arts and Sciences after completing 12 hours at OSU. Some exceptions may apply. See specific scholarships for criteria.

The Department of Integrative Biology offers Departmental Level scholarships for elgible students.

Become an OK-LSAMP Scholar! OK-LSAMP is a consortium of Oklahoma colleges and universities working together to develop programs aimed at increasing the number of students from under-represented populations who receive degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The OK-LSAMP scholarship program provides scholars with increased opportunities and connections, including undergraduate research experiences, graduate school preparation, international experiences, and internships/externships with companies in the STEM fields. 

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Integrative Biology
501 Life Sciences West
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078