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Zoology Major


Admission Requirements

Understanding the Animal Kingdom

 Develop Your Animal Life Knowledge

Gain deeper insight into the diversification of life through a broad foundation in ecology, evolution, and vertebrate and invertebrate biology.

 Gain In-field Experience

Participate in a field course, international exchange, or research project, and contribute to our knowledge of the animal kingdom. Past students have participated in field courses on both coasts of Canada, in Algonquin Park or the Churchill area, as well as Australia, Argentina, Iceland and Costa Rica.

 Engage in Interdisciplinary Studies

In your third and fourth years, choose from elective courses that suit your areas of interest including mammalogy, ornithology and herpetology, to build on your Zoology experience.

Why Zoology?

While we share planet Earth with 30 million other animal species – we know virtually nothing about most of them. Yet!

The Zoology major at the U of G empowers you to not only learn about the largely unknown world of vertebrates and invertebrates from across the world, but build upon your studies through interdisciplinary studies in mammalogy, herpetology, pathology and more, gaining deeper insight into the diversification of life through a broad foundation in ecology, evolution, and structure and function of animals.

Students in the Zoology (ZOO) major at the University of Guelph might also be interested in studying Animal Biology, Animal Science, Marine and Freshwater Biology, Wildlife Biology and Conservation, or other majors.

What You Will Learn

Semester 1
  • Discovering Biodiversity
  • General Chemistry I
  • Elements of Calculus I
  • Physics for Life Sciences
Semester 2
  • Biological Concepts of Health
  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • General Chemistry II
  • Physics for Life Sciences II

Semester 3
  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Vertebrate Structure and Function
Semester 4
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Foundations in Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Biostatistics for Integrative Biology
  • Invertebrate Morphology & Evolution

Semester 5
  • Comparative Histology
  • Comparative Animal Physiology I
  • Lab Studies in Animal Physiology I
  • Integrative Biology of Invertebrates
Semester 6
  • Populations, Communities and Ecosystems
  • Developmental Biology
  • Comparative Animal Physiology II
  • Lab Studies in Animal Physiology II

Semester 7
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Integrative Vertebrate Biology
Semester 8
  • electives or restricted electives


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