2022-2023 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog 
    Oct 04, 2023  
2022-2023 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Zoology, B.S.

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Zoology students at Humboldt can take advantage of our well-developed vertebrate and invertebrate museums. Nearby coastlines, forests, and mountains offer opportunities for studying animals in their native habitats; we also house animals in on-campus quarters. Molecular biology facilities and electron microscopes are available for student use.

Students interested in marine life have use of Humboldt’s marine laboratory, located in nearby Trinidad, and the university’s research vessel, the Coral Sea.

Zoology graduates pursue such careers as: technical writer, zookeeper, environmental consultant, entomologist, herpetologist, mammalogist, health technician, animal nutritionist, laboratory technician, museum curator, science librarian.

We recommend that students who are interested in a major in zoology, take biology, chemistry, and physics (with labs, if possible) plus algebra, geometry, and trigonometry in high school.

Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor’s degree requires a total of 120 units. Students must fulfill General Education & All-University Requirements , residency, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Bachelor’s Degree Requirements .

Requirements for the Major (72-78 Units)

Students who receive a grade below a C- in any prerequisite course will require instructor approval for enrollment.

Invertebrate Diversity

Complete one course:

Vertebrate Diversity

Complete one course.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing this program will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • apply the scientific method to questions in biology by formulating testable hypotheses, gathering data that address these hypotheses, and analyzing those data to assess the degree to which their scientific work supports their hypotheses
  • present scientific hypotheses and data both orally and in writing in the formats that are used by practicing scientists
  • access the primary literature, identify relevant works for a particular topic, and evaluate the scientific content of these works
  • apply fundamental mathematical tools (statistics, calculus) and physical principles (physics, chemistry) to the analysis of relevant biological situations
  • identify the major groups of organisms and be able to classify them within a phylogenetic framework. Students will be able to compare and contrast the characteristics of organisms that differentiate the various domains and kingdoms from one another
  • use the evidence of comparative biology to explain how the theory of evolution offers the only scientific explanation for the unity and diversity of life on earth. They will be able to use specific examples to explicate how descent with modification has shaped organismal morphology, physiology, life history, and behavior
  • explain how organisms function at the level of the gene, genome, cell, tissue, organ and organ-system. Drawing upon this knowledge, they will be able to give specific examples of the physiological adaptations, development, reproduction and behavior of different forms of life
  • explicate the ecological interconnectedness of life on earth by tracing energy and nutrient flows through the environment. They will be able to relate the physical features of the environment to the structure of populations, communities, and ecosystems
  • demonstrate proficiency in the experimental techniques and methods of analysis appropriate for their area of specialization within biology.

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