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We share planet Earth with 30 million other animal species, and virtually nothing is known about most. Gain deeper insight into the diversification of life through a broad foundation in ecology, evolution, and vertebrate and invertebrate biology. Participate in a field course, international exchange, or research project, and contribute to our knowledge of the animal kingdom.

The Zoology Program will allow you to study ecology, evolution, and physiology with a focus on the structure, function and ecology of animals. This program prepares students for post-graduate work in zoology and other life sciences, and provides a sound scientific background for students wishing to pursue careers in management and conservation, biotechnology and industry, education, and research either in government or private sectors.

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Admission requirements

  • 12 U English
  • 12U Advanced Functions
  • 2 of 12 U Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Geometry and Discrete Mathematics
  • 2 additional Grade 12 U or M credits

Applicants are strongly advised to include Biology, Chemistry and Physics in their OAC / U program of studies in order to more easily schedule the required semester 1 and 2 courses.

Admission to semester one of a degree program and General Studies is available in the Fall semester only. A semester one degree applicant is defined as one who will receive fewer than 2.00 transfer credits upon admission.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Major (Honours Program)

Semester 1

  • Discovering Biodiversity
  • General Chemistry I
  • Elements of Calculus I
  • Physics for Life Sciences

Semester 2

  • Biological Concepts of Health
  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • General Chemistry II
  • Physics for Life Sciences II

Semester 3

  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Vertebrate Structure and Function

Semester 4

  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Foundations in Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Biostatistics for Integrative Biology
  • Invertebrate Morphology & Evolution

Semester 5

  • Comparative Histology
  • Comparative Animal Physiology I
  • Lab Studies in Animal Physiology I
  • Integrative Biology of Invertebrates

Semester 6

  • Populations, Communities & Ecosystems
  • Developmental Biology
  • Comparative Animal Physiology II
  • Lab Studies in Animal Physiology II

Semester 7

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Integrative Vertebrate Biology

Semester 8

  • * electives or restricted electives

Minor (Honours Program)

  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Populations, Communities & Ecosystems
  • Vertebrate Structure and Function
  • Invertebrate Morphology & Evolution
  • Comparative Histology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Comparative Animal Physiology I
  • Lab Studies in Animal Physiology I
  • Comparative Animal Physiology II
  • Lab Studies in Animal Physiology II
  • Integrative Biology of Invertebrates
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Biology of Fishes
  • Integrative Vertebrate Biology
  • Lab Studies in Ornithology
  • Lab Studies in Herpetology
  • Lab Studies in Mammalogy

Scholarships & funding

We offer several scholarships, for more information please visit our website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for Canadian Students/Permanent Residents - $6,091 per year and for International Students - $24,300 - 33,551 per year

Career opportunities

Sample Careers

  • Behavioural primatologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Contaminants evaluation officer

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University of Guelph

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The city of Guelph was ranked in 2019 as one of the top 50 places to live in Canada.

The university campus boats a gorgeous walking campus, stunning greenery and beautiful building and facilities.

With over 200 student clubs, 7 dining halls, 19 intramural sports and a 25,000 sq. foot fitness centre, you can see why we are recognized as a Canadian leader in student experience.

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University of Guelph

50 Stone Road East
N1G 2W1 Guelph Ontario

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