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Zookeepers need technical expertise and a thorough background in science in order to provide the best animal care and educate the public. A Bachelor of Science in Zoo Science from UWF will give you the edge in a competitive job market.

Why Study Zoo Science at UWF?

UWF has a cooperative associate-to-bachelor degree program with Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida.

Our B.S. in Interdisciplinary Science with a concentration in zoo science prepares you for entry-level positions leading to leadership positions in zoos and conservation organizations.

Competition for employment in this field is fierce, but with a bachelor's degree plus hands-on experience and skill, you will enjoy enhanced employment opportunities.

Note: The Zoo Science program is restricted to students who have obtained an Associate of Science in Zoo Technology from Santa Fe College.

What You Will Learn

This interdisciplinary program provides further study of the field with an emphasis on the biological sciences. 

You will study conservation biology, animal behavior, ecology, genetics, comparative animal physiology and more. Electives include avian science, marine vertebrate zoology, ichthyology and principles of evolution.

You will develop technical and quantitative skills including laboratory and field methods, statistical analysis and professional communication.

The program will prepare you for a wide variety of careers in the animal industry in such fields as zookeeper, curator, zoo director or operating one’s own animal industry business. It is not designed as a pre-veterinary medicine program and does not include all of the courses normally required for admission to a college of veterinary medicine.

Associate-to-Bachelor Degree Program

UWF has a cooperative associate-to-bachelor degree program with Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida, which offers an Associate of Science in Zoo Animal Technology.

Santa Fe College has its own zoo, the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, located on the college’s Northwest Campus and accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

Careers & Outcomes

Many of our graduates work at zoos across the country and in the animal industry. Below are common job titles for our graduates, as well as examples of where our alumni work.

Job Titles


  • Zookeeper
  • Curator
  • Zoo Director
  • Ecologist
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Wildlife Rehabilitator
  • Zoo Educator
  • Science Writer
  • Animal Trainer
  • Consultant

Employers


  • Zoos
  • Aquariums
  • Conservation Groups
  • Environmental Agencies

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the Zoo Science program.

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