Instructional Use of Organisms Policy

Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Zoology

Course Descriptions
Zoology Minor - Advisor Dr. John Reiss


Department Chair
Bruce O'Gara , Ph.D.

Department of Biological Sciences
Science Complex B 221
(707) 826-3245

The Program

Take advantage of Humboldt's vertebrate and invertebrate museums. Large populations of native animals offer a chance for real-life study. Humboldt State also houses animals in on-campus quarters. Electron microscopes are available for student use.

Students interested in marine life have use of Humboldt's marine laboratory, located in nearby Trinidad, and the university's research vessel, the Coral Sea.

Graduates can pursue careers as: zoologists, technical writers, laboratory technicians, museum curators, entomologists, health technicians, ornithologists, animal nutritionists, ichthyologists, anatomists, embryologists, pathology technicians, or science librarians.


High school students should take biology, chemistry, and physics (with labs, if possible) plus algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.

Requirements for the Major

Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in all prerequisite courses.