Zoology (17ZOM)


The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Sciences offers an undergraduate minor in Zoology that is intended to enhance the programs of students whose major fields are outside the biological sciences and who are interested in obtaining a solid foundation in zoological concepts, including diversity in the animal kingdom, morphology, physiology, evolution, behavior, and ecology.  It is open to all baccalaureate students except those majoring in Biochemistry, Biological Sciences (any concentration), Environmental Science (Ecology concentration), Microbiology, Plant Biology, and Zoology.  Laboratory experiences are an integral part of the minor.

The minor in Zoology requires completion of a minimum of 20 credit hours–16 hours of required courses and 4 hours of an animal phylogeny elective. Courses will count toward the minor only if they are completed with a grade of C- or better.  At least 6 of the 20 credit hours must be completed through NCSU.

Required Courses (16 credit hours total)

  • BIO 181 Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and & Biodiversity (4 cr)
  • BIO 183 Introductory Biology: Cellular & Molecular Biology (4 cr)
  • BIO 250 Animal Anatomy and Physiology (4 cr)
  • BIO/PB 360 Ecology (4 cr)

Animal Phylogeny Elective (4 cr)

Choose one of the following options:

  • BIO 350 Animal Phylogeny and Diversity
  • BIO 402 Invertebrate Biology

Admissions and Certification of Minor

The student must complete the form “Application for Minor,” which is available below. The form must be completed no later than the second week of classes in the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Students will receive official recognition on their university transcripts for the completed minor.

For application to the Zoology minor contact:

Jenny Campbell
120 David Clark Labs

SIS Code:  17ZOM