Our zoology degree programs provide a basic understanding of zoology through a variety of laboratory experiences in combination with the study of facts and theories.

Flexibility, strength, and depth in undergraduate training are basic objectives. All students engage in research activities through a broad range of research courses, independent study or senior honors thesis. Outstanding internship opportunities and Oswego's Rice Creek Field Station make our zoology program a sought-after degree.

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Top-notch research facilities and opportunities in the Shineman Center and Rice Creek Field Station make the campus a living laboratory. Internship placements have included the Buffalo Zoo, Detroit Zoo, Dolphin Quest in Bermuda and Hawaii, the Syracuse's Museum of Science and Technology, the National Aquarium, the Philadelphia Zoo, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Wildlands Conservancy, Zoo Atlanta and the Zoological Society of Buffalo. Oswego’s unique Global Laboratory provides study-abroad projects tackling solutions to pressing problems in the field. Excel, and you can participate in the department's honors program and summer research opportunities.


Opportunities include

  • Teaching and research
  • Medicine and allied health
  • Aquatic technology
  • Environmental technology
  • Ecology
  • Animal behavior
  • Marine biology
  • Museum work

Graduate studies may include

  • Zoology and other biological sciences
  • Veterinary and other health professions
  • Physical therapy
  • Conservation


Facilities include our new Shineman Center with many advanced labs and the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Center that allow expansive undergraduate opportunities, and large Rice Creek Field Station with its new 7,200-square-foot lab facility.

“I studied at the University of Calcutta (for the Global Laboratory). We were analyzing proteins produced by the Chandipura virus, which is responsible for encephalitis. We did a series of different biochemical tests. One of the techniques analyzed protein-protein interactions to see how the virus uses two proteins together.… It was amazing. We were there seven weeks. I think the coolest part of it was that I could see how people in other countries and other cultures went about science.”

— Octavia Morrison ’14