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Zoology and Physiology

University of Wyoming
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Program description

Zoology and Physiology


Physiology is the study of how animals work: how they breathe, feed, interact with their environment, and carry out many other activities and functions. Physiology is the knowledge that the health sciences are built on and so is especially important for students who may be thinking of becoming medical practitioners, veterinarians or health care professionals.


Zoology is the study of animals: their structure, physiology, development and evolution. One of the enduring fascinations of zoology is that we can learn so much about ourselves and our environment by studying what our fellow creatures do.

Admission requirements

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Plan A (thesis)

Includes 26 hours of coursework and 4 hours of thesis research.

Applicants should have at least 20 semester hours of undergraduate work in zoology, physiology, or other areas of the biosciences and have completed introductory courses in mathematics, chemistry, and in at least one other natural or physical science. Early in the second semester the student must file a program of study with the university and have a graduate committee appointed. Plan A candidates shall orally defend the thesis before the graduate committee.

All M.S. candidates will be required to complete credit in two graduate seminars. A student may enroll in more than one of these required seminars during one semester or academic year.

After two semesters in the department, a Plan A master's candidate may request permission from the department's graduate advisory board to proceed directly to the Ph.D. degree; however, such a bypass is granted only by the department head after considering recommendations from the graduate advisory board.

Zoology and physiology may be used as a field by a candidate working for the interdisciplinary master of science in natural science in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education.

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

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Program content

  • Principles of Fish and Wildlife Management
  • Vertebrate Anatomy, Embryology, and Histology
  • Human Systems Physiology
  • Principles of Animal Behavior
  • Scientific Communication
  • Scientific Communication Lab
  • HIV/AIDS: The Disease and the Dilemma
  • Integrative Physiology
  • Comparative Environmental Physiology
  • Marine Biology
  • Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Wildlife Ecology and Management
  • Fisheries Management
  • Ichthyology
  • Developmental Biology and Embryology
  • Ornithology
  • Mammalogy
  • Herpetology
  • Population Ecology
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Limnology Laboratory
  • Limnology
  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Tropical Field Ecology Ecuador
  • Advanced Topics in Physiology
  • Fish Culture and Nutrition
  • Internship in Wildlife Management
  • Internship in Zoology and Physiology
  • Practicum in Laboratory Instruction
  • Fundamental Concepts in Evolution
  • Statistical Methods for the Biological Science
  • Structure and Function of the Nervous System
  • Writing and Reviewing Science
  • Winter Ecology of the Yellowstone Ecosystem
  • Ecological Inquiry
  • Ecology of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
  • Quantitative Analyses of Field Data
  • Habitat Selection
  • Research in Physiology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Advanced Animal Behavior
  • Seminar in Neuroscience
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • Biological Confocal Microscopy
  • Research: Ecology
  • Research in Vertebrate Fauna
  • Advanced Fisheries Management
  • Graduate Seminar
  • Practicum in College Teaching
  • Continuing Registration: On Campus
  • Network Analysis
  • Continuing Registration: Off Campus
  • Thesis Research
  • Dissertation Research
  • Internship


Learning Outcomes

  1. Comprehend and synthesize advanced knowledge in a specific area of biology.
  2. College and analyze data to address a research question.
  3. Summarize research findings and communicate them effectively in writing and orally.

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The University of Wyoming is located in the safe and inviting college town of Laramie, Wyoming. Laramie is a community located about two hours north of the large, metropolitan city of Denver, Colorado. Laramie is nestled in a valley at...

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1000E University Avenue
82071 Laramie

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