Format: In-person and hands-on
Time to Complete: 2 Years
Start Term: Fall
Location: Davidson Campus
Zoo and Aquarium Science Technology curriculum prepares students for employment in zoological parks, aquaria, or other settings requiring animal care, breeding, education, conservation or health of exotic animals.
Aquarium Science Technology focuses on the application of technical skills in the fields of animal management, conservation and education in an aquarium setting. Potential coursework includes instruction in animal behavior, aquarium science, life support systems and water quality testing and management. Specialized coursework in marine biology, aquatic pathophysiology, ichthyology, and aquatic invertebrates are also included. Graduates of the curriculum should qualify for entry-level employment opportunities in a variety of settings, including zoos, aquaria, nature science centers, and other animal facilities.
Course work emphasizes biology, ethology, husbandry and conservation of animals that are on exhibit for education and/or conservation purposes. Students have practical experiences with basic husbandry skills and animal management techniques. Course work also includes technical skills to educate the public about animal well-being and conservation.
Coursework and training in the on-campus aquarium lab provide students with a foundation of knowledge and practical skills to succeed in externship opportunities associated with work-based learning (WBL) courses. Completion of off-campus learning opportunities links students with industry professionals and standards to promote employability. Graduates of the curriculum should qualify for entry-level employment opportunities in a variety of settings, including zoos, aquaria, nature science centers, and other animal facilities.
This program of study has additional enrollment requirements:
66 Credit Hours: $5,016.00
Student Fees: $386.25
ZAS Internship Fee: $ 75.00
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