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Oregon State brings its zoology expertise online with first-of-its-kind bachelor’s degree

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Students who enroll in Oregon State’s online zoology bachelor’s program will gain interdisciplinary, scientific training in all aspects of the biology of animals, from genes to ecosystems.

In an effort to give students everywhere a more accessible pathway to careers in the life sciences with a focus on animals, Oregon State University has launched the nation’s first online bachelor’s degree program in zoology.

The new program combines Oregon State’s expertise in the life sciences with its industry-leading work in online education to provide students with a solid foundation in the biological sciences at all levels.

“As the only program of its kind in the country, the online zoology major offers interdisciplinary scientific training in all aspects of the biology of animals – from genes to ecosystems,” said Sally Hacker, professor in OSU’s Department of Integrative Biology.

“Not only will students learn from faculty who are nationally recognized in their teaching and research, but they will also be able to tailor their studies to meet their interests in animal biology through a series of elective courses.”

Oregon State zoology graduates are well-equipped to work in a variety of fields including animal care and husbandry; curatorial and museum management; laboratory animal research; and environmental consulting.

The program also offers a host of experiential learning opportunities. One such option enables students to enroll in marine biology and other marine science summer courses offered at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon.

Oregon State has been teaching life sciences, including zoology, for more than 100 years, and it is the only institution in Oregon that offers a bachelor’s degree in zoology.

All program coursework is delivered by OSU Ecampus, the university’s nationally renowned provider of online education. Ecampus is ranked No. 3 by U.S. News & World Report for online bachelor’s programs, its fifth consecutive year in the top 10.

Zoology students are being admitted for OSU’s summer term, and classes start online on June 24. Learn more about the program on the Ecampus website.

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