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Zoo & Aquarium Science

The Zoo and Aquarium Science Program offers two curriculum tracks: Aquarium Science Technology and Zoo Science Davidson-Davie Community College Zoo & Aquarium ScienceTechnology. This program prepares students for employment in zoos, public aquaria and similar animal care facilities. In addition to hands-on learning and internship opportunities, coursework includes education, conservation, health of exotic animals and behavioral training opportunities.

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Programs of Study

Aquarium Science Technology

The Aquarium Science Technology curriculum prepares students for employment in public aquaria, zoological parks or other settings requiring aquatic animal care, breeding, education/conservation, and health of exotic animals in public and commercial settings. Course work emphasizes anatomy, physiology, reproduction, behavior, nutrition, and healthcare management of aquatic species as well as habitat design, construction, and maintenance.  Students will gain practical knowledge and hands-on experience in the on-campus teaching aquarium.  Students will be encouraged to explore different aspects of the aquatic animal care field through the program’s unique experiences and will be given the opportunity to reach level 1 Life Support System Certification through Aquatic Animal Life Support Operators (AALSO).

Zoo Science Technology

The Zoological Science Technology curriculum prepares students for employment in zoological parks, aquaria, nature science centers, or other settings requiring animal care, breeding, education, and conservation of exotic animals in a public setting.  Coursework emphasizes animal behavior, animal enrichment, taxonomy, nutrition, principles of operant conditioning, public speaking and conservation. Students will gain practical knowledge and hands-on experience with daily animal care and maintenance, habitat construction, diet preparation, and educating the public.  Students will be encouraged to explore different aspects of the zoo animal care field through the program’s unique experiences.

Possible Careers

Aquarist
Aquaculturist
Aquarium Service technician
Water quality lab technician
Educator
Zookeeper
Animal Trainer
Veterinary Assistant
Naturalist

DCCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Davidson County Community College.

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