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Although the study of animal life is ancient, its scientific incarnation is relatively modern. This mirrors the transition from natural history to biology at the start of the nineteenth century. Since Hunter and Cuvier, comparative anatomical study has been associated with morphography shapins the modern areas of zoological investigation: anatomy, physiology, histology, embryology, teratology and ethology. Modern zoology first arose in German and British universities. In Britain, Thomas Henry Huxley was a prominent figure. His ideas were centered on the morphology of animals. Many consider him the greatest comparative anatomist of the latter half of the nineteenth century. Similar to Hunter, his courses were composed of lectures and laboratory practical classes in contrast to the previous format of lectures only.

Some biologists study plants, others study microbes, and some study fungi, such as mushrooms. But if you want to study living things that move a bit faster, then major in zoology. Zoologists study animals with and without backbones, from worms, insects, and mollusks to fish, birds, and, of course, mammals.

Ostriches can run faster than horses, and the male ostriches can roar like lions.

Fun facts

Tigers not only have stripes on their fur, they also have them on their skin. No two tigers ever have the same stripes.

The slowest fish is the seahorse, which moves along at about 0.01 mph.


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Some zoologists study live animals, some dissect dead animals and others serve as administrators with little animal interaction. Zoologists may also work as teachers and researchers for schools and the government. Zoologists may work in a laboratory setting, in the wild, in a zoo, in a nature preserve or in a consultant capacity on a planned industrial work site. Some jobs are physically demanding, involving heavy lifting and rough terrain, while others are primarily sedentary, as in a laboratory situation. Hours can be long; for example, during a research project or when a particular animal is ill.

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree in ZoologySome bachelor's degree programs in zoology allow for specialization and others are more generalized. Core courses for most programs are general biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Sometimes the biology requirement is divided into courses in molecular and organismal biology. If specialization is allowed or required, options might be marine biology, ecology, genetics, animal behavior, or even zoo and aquarium science. Each specialization is created by taking certain elective courses in the subject.Those with a bachelor's degree in zoology can get entry-level jobs as entry-level zoologists and wildlife biologists. Jobs like these usually start at a low-level with minimum education and experience requirements, and then job holders are allowed to apply for higher-level positions as they gain more experience. Some entry-level zoologists and wildlife biologists can be involved in the research that their employing agency or organization is involved in. However, to conduct original and independent research, such a professional would need a graduate degree.Success Tip:Get involved in volunteer work or internships. Not only does volunteering and interning possibly count for college credit, these experiences provide networking opportunities in work environments that might be relevant to future employment settings. Some internships may be difficult to obtain, so volunteer work might be done first to gain competitive experience for the desired internship. Certain internships may also offer a stipend or paycheck for participants.Step 2: Obtain Employment with a Bachelor's DegreeThis step is optional because some may choose to enter a graduate program immediately after graduating from a bachelor's program. Working in the field is a possible way to gain experience and professional connections that might be beneficial when applying for and completing a graduate degree program. Others may obtain employment and find they are content with their position and remain there with no plans on earning a more advanced degree.While zoologists can work in zoos, it's important to note that they don't have to; zoologists are different from zookeepers, who focus on the care and feeding of zoo animals rather than animal research. Other places where zoologists can start their careers include conservation organizations and federal agencies, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.Step 3: Earn a Graduate Degree in ZoologyMaster's and PhD programs in zoology usually have coursework that is similar in subject matter to a bachelor's program, especially if they are offered through the same university. However, graduate-level courses are more advanced, focus more on research and may be offered in the form of seminars.Master's degree programs might have a thesis and non-thesis option, with the non-thesis option possibly requiring an examination or instead of a research project. The dissertation is the main focus of a doctoral program. Students are required to conduct original research, record and write about it, and orally defend the research to peers and department faculty members. Specific examples of research conducted by graduate zoology students could include wolf spider foraging behavior, toxicity effects of certain chemicals on rainbow trout, and how nutrient availability affects phytoplankton communities.Step 4: Work as a Zoologist with a Graduate DegreeAfter completing a master's degree in zoology, an individual might qualify one for a higher-level job with more pay and research opportunities. Teaching and research opportunities are open for those with doctoral degrees. Research at this level may be used to develop new ideas and plans for conservation of certain animal species or used to enhance the depth of knowledge about another species.


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