Department Chair: Christopher Hoagstrom
Location: Science Lab, Room 402
Telephone Contact: Lani Shepard 801-626-6165
Professors: John Cavitt, Jonathan Clark, Ron Meyers, John Mull, Robert Okazaki, Samuel Zeveloff; Associate Professors: Nicole Berthélémy, Brian Chung, Christopher Hoagstrom, Jon Marshall, Michele Skopec, Barbara Trask.
Zoology is the study of animals. It includes a tremendous diversity of subdivisions and approaches. These range from using electron microscopy to study cells, to field examinations of natural populations. Some zoologists focus their studies on a specific group of animals; others specialize on problems or processes, such as those in physiology or genetics, which are common to many groups. Zoologists have made many important contributions to our understanding of the natural world. Furthermore, they benefit humankind through their work in areas such as medicine and environmental conservation.
Although our majors pursue several tracks, many are involved in pre-medical professional training. We have an excellent record of placing students in the finest medical, dental, veterinary, and physical therapy programs. The faculty strongly encourage majors to pursue guided research, particularly through the department’s thesis program.
All students are urged to consult with the department early in their education. Arrangements can then be made for the student to be matched with an appropriate advisor who can offer course and career suggestions.
The Department of Zoology maintains a DNA Laboratory on the first floor of the Science Laboratory building in the College of Science. It is a modern facility with state-of-the-art equipment for DNA isolation and analysis. The laboratory is used for student course work, faculty-supervised student research, and faculty research.
The Zoology Department participates in the interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor and the Urban and Regional Planning Emphasis programs. Students who wish to enroll in one of these programs should indicate their desire to do so with the program coordinator who will help them work out a proper combination of courses to fit their particular needs. (See the Engaged Learning and Interdisciplinary Programs section of this catalog.)
ProgramsBachelor of ScienceMinorTeaching MinorHonors, Departmental