A20260 Total credit hours: 66
The Science and Math: Zoo and Aquarium Science Technology curriculum prepares students for employment in zoological parks, aquaria, or other settings requiring animal care, breeding, education, conservation or health of exotic animals.
Course work emphasizes biology, ethology, husbandry and conservation of animals that are on exhibit for education and/or conservation purposes. Students have practical experiences with basic husbandry skills and animal management techniques. Course work also includes technical skills to educate the public about animal well-being and conservation.
Graduates of the curriculum should qualify for entry-level employment opportunities in a variety of settings, including zoos, aquaria, nature science centers, and other animal facilities.
Pathway Description: Aquarium Science Technology: A program that focuses on the application of technical skills in the fields of animal management, conservation and education in an aquarium setting. Aquarium Science Technology: Potential coursework includes instruction in animal behavior, aquarium science, life support systems and water quality testing and management. Specialized coursework in marine biology, aquatic pathophysiology, ichthyology, and aquatic invertebrates are also included. Graduates of the curriculum should qualify for entry-level employment opportunities in a variety of settings, including zoos, aquaria, nature science centers, and other animal facilities.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to follow written protocols.
- Communicate with the public in a professional manner.
- Effectively apply principles of Aquarium Science Technology in a zoo or aquarium setting.
- Demonstrate skills valued in the workplace.
In addition to Davidson-Davie requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of this program. Zoo and Aquarium Science Technical Standards (PDF opens in new window)