Zoology.A major in Biology with an option in Zoology deals with animals and animal life - including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

At WIU, Zoology is an option of study under the Bachelor of Science in Biology; where the Laboratory of Sensory Biology coordinates research opportunities for students.

Students planning to major in Zoology should complete three years of mathematics and one year each of biology, physics, and chemistry in high school

Possible Careers

Zoology prepares students for a broad spectrum of job opportunities, including research, pharmaceuticals, and wildlife preserves. Many students majoring in Zoology pursue graduate work in the Graduate Certificate in Zoo and Aquaria Studies or Master of Science in Biology, both available at WIU.

  • Conservation and ecological management
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Manufacturing industry research
  • Research Scientist
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Teaching
  • Veteranarian
  • Wildlife Preserve Manager
Why Choose Zoology at WIU?

Few biology departments offer research and field experiences to undergraduates - a strength of our department is our commitment to undergraduate research.

Faculty diversity and experience

Most of our faculty members hold Ph.D. degrees and have active, productive research programs.
For a small, comprehensive university in the Midwest, our faculty study a diverse spectrum of biological disciplines:

  • Zoology
    • Invertebrate and Vertebrate Biology and Ecology
    • Evolutionary Biology and Paleobiology
    • Human Biology
Commitment to undergraduate education
  • Our courses are taught by faculty members, not graduate students.
  • Our institution has an active faculty advisor program and an active career advising/career development program.
  • A comprehensive curriculum which includes a variety of courses providing a strong background in the natural and social sciences, humanities, and writing.
  • Support and mentoring for students to pursue their individual interests.
  • We have libraries with Internet access to biology journals, and easily accessible computer labs for student use.

Research opportunities for undergraduates

  • Faculty welcome students into their research groups as part-time workers, interns, and research assistants (see our Faculty page).
  • Opportunities are available for undergraduates to pursue independent research projects (see our Faculty page).
  • Our diverse department offers many field and laboratory opportunities for students to pursue biology research.
Some of Our Graduates

At A Glance

Degrees Available:

  • B.S.
  • M.S.

Major: Yes

Minor: Yes

Graduate Degree: Yes

Campus: Macomb

Study Opportunities:

  • GradTrac
  • Honors

Quick Links