Zoology majors focus on the study of individual organisms and populations, as well as their relationships to each other and the environment, with the core foundation of evolution and ecology. Courses also emphasize the disciplines of anatomy, behavior, genetics, physiology, and other specialized fields.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

The Department of Biology studies life at all levels from molecules to the biosphere to understand the evolution, structure, maintenance and dynamics of biological systems. The department's teaching and research provide the integrative and conceptual foundations of the life sciences.


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Courses introduce Zoology majors to a wide variety of topics while allowing individual interests to be pursued. Advanced undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in research with faculty.

Most career opportunities require advanced studies beyond the bachelor's degree. This includes preparation for graduate studies or employment in disciplines such as zoology, ecology, conservation, and biology research; preparation for medical, dental, or veterinary programs; or preparation for secondary-school teaching.

Ultimately, the undergraduate degree in zoology will be shaped by students' coursework, laboratory experience, field work, and the instructors they encounter. These experiences will help to shape their goals as biologists with a focus on Zoology.

Majors should work both with a department advisor and a CLAS advisor. CLAS advisors will assist with degree requirements, university and college policy and course selection. Department advisors will help students select appropriate graduate programs, guide them in the admissions process, and help identify appropriate career choices.
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Coursework for the Major

A Zoology major consists of a minimum of 32 credits of core zoology coursework plus a minimum of 31 credits of foundation coursework in chemistry, physics, and mathematics/statistics. Courses used toward the major must be completed with minimum grades of C.

Required Foundation Coursework
CHM 2045
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
CHM 2046
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
CHM 2210Organic Chemistry 13
CHM 2211
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
MAC 2311Analytic Geometry and Calculus 14
MAC 2312Analytic Geometry and Calculus 23-4
or STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
Select one:8-10
Option A
Physics 1
and Laboratory for Physics 1
Physics 2
and Laboratory for Physics 2
Option B
Physics with Calculus 1
and Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 1
Physics with Calculus 2
and Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 2
Required Core Coursework
BSC 2010
Integrated Principles of Biology 1
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1
BSC 2011
Integrated Principles of Biology 2
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2
PCB 3063Genetics4
Zoology or zoology-related electives20
Select at least three courses in zoology:9-10
One or more 3000/4000-level ZOO course(s) offered through the Department of Biology 1
Theory and Practice in the Biological Sciences
Critical Analysis of Biological Research
General Ecology
Physiology and Molecular Biology of Animals
Behavioral Ecology
Additional zoology courses (minimum) 2, 311
Total Credits83-87

Students may not apply ZOO 4232, ZOO 4905, ZOO 4911, or ZOO 4940 toward this requirement.


Including up to two zoology major-approved biological science courses (3000/5000 level) outside of zoology.


Up to six credits of Individual Studies in Zoology will count toward this requirement:

Students should begin the chemistry and math sequences as soon as possible. A full year of calculus and a course in statistics (such as STA 2023) are highly recommended.

Transfer students must take at least three courses from the Department of Biology (excluding ZOO 4905, ZOO 4911, and ZOO 4940) at the University of Florida as part of the requirements for the major.

Additional Zoology Courses

Additional 3000/4000-level ZOO course(s) offered through the Department of Biology 1,2
Up to two zoology-major approved biological sciences courses offered outside the Department of Biology 3
BSC 3911Entering Research in Biology1

Up to six credits of Individual Studies in Zoology will count toward this requirement:


Students may not apply ZOO 4232 or ZOO 4940 toward this requirement.


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Relevant Minors and Certificates

Majors in Zoology can minor in most other disciplines, and this is a good way to organize students' electives around areas of interest. For instance, a Zoology major can earn a minor in chemistry by adding just two chemistry courses: CHM 3400, CHM 3610, or any 4000-level CHM course. Students could also consider language and humanities minors. Note that Zoology majors cannot minor in Biology, nor can Biology majors minor in Zoology, as the curricula for the Zoology and Biology majors are too similar.

Zoology students might want to consider the UFTeach Program. There is a severe shortage of qualified high school science teachers in Florida and nationwide. Students interested in the high-demand teaching profession should see a biology department advisor or the UFTeach advisor. Students who complete the UFTeach minor in science teaching and a BS in Zoology will have the coursework and preparation for professional teacher certification in Florida when they graduate.
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All Zoology majors are strongly encouraged to participate in research. Research experience is valuable on many levels: it diversifies a student's college experience; it teaches students how scientists apply the knowledge gained in the classroom to real-world questions; it gives students the opportunity to work with and get to know researchers who are the best in their field; it introduces students to cutting-edge scientific questions and techniques; it enhances students' resume/CV if they apply to graduate or professional school; and finally, it is essential in helping students determine if science is a good career choice for them.
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CLAS Zoology majors may participate in research for course credit, as a scholar (e.g., University Scholar, HHMI Science for Life Scholar, Beckman Scholar), as a volunteer, or, in rare cases, as a paid research assistant. Please visit Undergraduate Research for more information regarding course credit. Students who plan to enroll for course credit must contact potential research mentors before the end of drop/add. If they miss the drop/add window, they should still contact potential research mentors, if only to discuss upcoming opportunities.
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Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Semester 5

  • Complete CHM 2210 with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

Semester 7

Semester 8

  • Complete all remaining major course requirements.
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Students are expected to complete the Writing Requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the General Education International (GE-N) and Diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another General Education requirement (typically, GE-C, H, or S).

Approved Zoology electives outside of the department may not count towards the 3000 level or above elective outside of the major requirement. CHM 2211, CHM 2211L, PHY 2054, PHY 2054L, PHY 2049, and PHY 2049L may count towards 3000 level or above electives outside of the major.

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
BSC 1920 First Year Introduction: Biology at UF (recommended elective) 1
CHM 2045
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Mathematics) 4
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Semester Two
CHM 2046
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory (Critical Tracking)
Select one: 3-4
Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (Gen Ed Mathematics )
Introduction to Statistics 1 (Gen Ed Mathematics )
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Semester Three
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
BSC 2010
Integrated Principles of Biology 1
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological Sciences)
Select one: 3-4
Organic Chemistry 1 (Critical Tracking)
Organic Chemistry/Biochemistry 1 (Critical Tracking)
Elective 3
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
Semester Four
BSC 2011
Integrated Principles of Biology 2
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological Sciences)
Select one: 3-4
Organic Chemistry 2 1
Organic Chemistry/Biochemistry 2
CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
Elective 3
Gen Ed Humanities 3
Semester Five
PHY 2053
Physics 1
and Laboratory for Physics 1 (Critical Tracking)
Gen Ed Composition 3
Zoology courses (Critical Tracking) 5-10
Semester Six
PCB 3063 Genetics (Critical Tracking) 4
PHY 2054
Physics 2
and Laboratory for Physics 2
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major, if needed) 4
Zoology courses (or other approved biological sciences course; Critical Tracking) 3-5
Semester Seven
Elective 4
BSC 4936 Critical Analysis of Biological Research (recommended elective) 2
Foreign language 5
Zoology courses (Critical Tracking) 6-7
Semester Eight
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major, if needed) 4
Foreign language 5
Zoology course 3-5
Zoology course (or other approved biological sciences course) 3-4
 Total Credits120

Select CHM 2211 if CHM 2210 was taken Semester 3. 

The Bachelor of Science in Zoology offers students an education in the life sciences with an emphasis on animal systems. Students gain knowledge about the diversity of life (its evolution and significance) and about the structure of organisms and ecosystems and how they function (i.e., the acquisition, flow, organization, and uses of information, energy, and nutrients in living systems). They will learn about the scientific method and how it facilitates the discovery of new knowledge in zoology and biology. This includes how to critically evaluate hypotheses and conclusions in science using verifiable data and how to clearly and effectively communicate the major concepts and hypotheses in zoology and biology and in an appropriate style of presentation.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Pass an assessment in the two or three 3000/5000-level Zoology courses.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes | SLOs


  1. Identify, describe and define the basic terminology, concepts, methodologies, and theories used within the biological sciences.

Critical Thinking

  1. Analyze biological information and develop reasoned solutions to problems using the processes and applications of scientific inquiry.
  2. Discriminate ethical behavior from unethical behavior in scientific research.


  1. Communicate knowledge, ideas, and reasoning clearly and effectively in written or oral forms appropriate to the biological sciences.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4
BSC 2010 I I I
BSC 2011 I I I
PCB 3063 R R I
PCB 3713 R R R
PCB 4043C R/A R/A R/A R/A
PCB 4674 R/A R/A R/A
PCB 4723C R/A R/A R/A
ZOO 4205C R R
ZOO 4307C R R

Assessment Types

  • Biology Field Test
  • Bioethics module quiz
  • Scientific literacy paper