What Can I Do with a Major in Zoology?

Zoology is the study of animal life. It includes areas such as animal behavior, aquatic ecology, development, ecology, environmental toxicology, genetics, and physiology. However, the Zoology major is chosen by many students seeking a career in one of many healthcare profession, the environmental sciences, or academia.

Zoology majors*:

  • test hypotheses
  • use scientific equipment and instrumentation
  • apply concepts and utilize formulas
  • write proposals, reports, and articles
  • use digital imaging and image analyses

Nearly 100% of our Zoology majors find employment in areas relevant to their training. About 2/3 of Miami's Zoology graduates continue their education.

Zoology is the major of choice for students attending medical school, accounting for about 2/3 of the total premedical graduates from Miami. Others choose dental school, veterinary medicine, physical therapy programs, or graduate school in medical technology, pharmacy, optometry, education, or, of course, zoology. Our graduates usually score in the upper third in the nation on the advanced biology section of the Graduate Record Exam required for graduate study. A small number attend business or law school.

For those seeking immediate employment, possible careers include**:

  • naturalist
  • lab technician
  • museum curator
  • fisheries manager
  • environmental planner
  • municipal zookeeper

Additional Resources

*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Zoology majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Zoology majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.