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colleges with good zoology programs?

psychgirlpsychgirl Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
edited February 2013 in Science Majors
Yeah... like the title says: what are some schools that are good for zoology?
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  • UCBChemEGradUCBChemEGrad Registered User Posts: 10,262 Senior Member
    UC Davis comes to mind.
  • tokyorevelation9tokyorevelation9 Registered User Posts: 1,102 Senior Member
    UC-Davis is a good one. The problem is that a lot of schools have programs that are zoology programs (among other things: ecology, evolutionary biology, animal sciences, etc.) but don't call them zoology. I would divide the schools into publics and privates: Public schools often have zoology programs as well as animal sciences/ pre-veterinary studies, while private schools have zoology programs but often combine them with ecology and evolutionary biology.

    Public schools:

    University of California - Berkeley (Integrative Biology)
    University of California - Davis
    University of California - Santa Barbara
    Colorado State
    Humboldt State
    Indiana University - Bloomington
    North Dakota State
    Rutgers - New Brunswick Campus
    San Diego State
    Ohio State
    SUNY - College of Environmental Science and Forestry
    Texas A&M University
    Oregon State University
    University of Montana
    University of Florida
    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
    University of Vermont
    Washington State
    University of Wisconsin - Madison
    University of Georgia

    Private Schools:
    Ohio Wesleyan
    Clemson University
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Duke University
    Purdue University - West Lafayette
    University of Chicago
    Cornell University
    Harvard University (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology)
    Princeton University (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)

    Hope this helps,


    P.S. If you're at all interested in Princeton's Ecology and Evolutionary biology program, I'm majoring in that department so I could give you some information.
  • VeshVesh Registered User Posts: 84 Junior Member
    UGA is public. Just FYI.
  • ShesOnHerWayShesOnHerWay Registered User Posts: 757 Member
    Delaware Valley
    Davidson College
    Miami University of Ohio
  • tokyorevelation9tokyorevelation9 Registered User Posts: 1,102 Senior Member
    P.S. Information gathered from a combination of my humble list of contacts in the world of American zoological parks (I work at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago), the Princeton Review, and "The Panda's Thumb" blog.
  • tokyorevelation9tokyorevelation9 Registered User Posts: 1,102 Senior Member
    Vesh I was just typing fast, I fixed the UGA thing as you posted. ShesOnHerWay, Miami University is another good addition.
  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner Registered User Posts: 32,745 Senior Member
    In my state, Washington State U is quite good in this field, and the vet school there is pretty reputable.
  • warblersrulewarblersrule Super Moderator Posts: 9,443 Super Moderator
    I'm surprised that posters missed several large and active zoology programs- NC State, Michigan State, Auburn, Maine, UNH, U Oklahoma, Hawaii, and UBC immediately come to mind.

    Although it has an EEB program rather than zoology, UC Boulder has quite a good program.

    I disagree very strongly with Duke's inclusion in tokyo's list. It used to have top notch programs in botany and zoology, but its offerings in zoology have virtually disappeared since the merging of the two into biology. Most of the zoology faculty retired. Duke does have significant strengths in marine biology and primatology/biological anthropology, however. Chicago's offerings in ecology are also somewhat limited, although their evolution program is obviously top-notch.

    Tokyo mentioned that he was typing fast, so I feel that I should point out that Clemson is public.
  • barronsbarrons Registered User Posts: 24,588 Senior Member
    Wisconsin still has a large independent department.

  • tokyorevelation9tokyorevelation9 Registered User Posts: 1,102 Senior Member
    Warbler thank you for the update about Duke. That is a terrible shame. Also, I never said my list was complete by any means, and on these kinds of threads, they usually aren't.

    P.S. I keep forgetting Clemson is public.
  • TreetopleafTreetopleaf Registered User Posts: 2,721 Senior Member
    Rugg's Recomendations (2007) lists these schools (recommended for undergrad zoology) not listed above. (Doesn't list all of the above schools, BTW)

    Univ. of North Carolina *1
    Penn State *1

    Albertson *2
    Arizona State *2
    Brigham Young *2
    Univ of Connecticut
    Iowa State *2
    Univ of Kansas *2
    Univ. of Kentucky *2
    Univ of Maryland *2
    Univ of Massachusetts *2
    North Carolina State *2
    North Central (IL) *2
    Ohio University (Athens) 2*
    Oswego (SUNY NY) *2
    Univ of Texas (Austin) *2
    Univ of Washington *2

    Cal Poly State (Pomona)*3
    Cal State (San Jose)*3
    Colorado State*3
    Eastern Illinois*3
    Howard (DC)*3
    Louisiana State*3
    San Jose State*3
    Southeastern Oklahoma State*3
    Southern Illinois Univ (Carbondale)*3
    Univ of Tennessee *3
    Weber State (UT) *3
    Univ of Wyoming *3
  • withakae29withakae29 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    New at this so please excuse. Great starting point but I notice this info is from 2007. How about now...where is good, undergrad zoology program (primary interest is animal behavior--more along the lines of field research than the vet side, and not really interested in ag animals).
  • glowormgloworm Registered User Posts: 2,383 Senior Member
    You list your location as Lafayette, yet you don't know that Purdue is public?
  • bruno123bruno123 Registered User Posts: 1,390 Senior Member
    The University of Oxford in the United Kingdom has an exceptionally strong zoology department . Zoology cannot be studied however as a major at the undergraduate level. You would have to enroll instead as a Biological Sciences student.
  • conmanconman Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    Washington State University, not to be confused with the University of Washington. Not really ranked as a "top school" but they are known for their zoology program, as well as their vet program.
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