Education Programs for Zoo and Aquarium Careers

If you're heading for a career in animal care - at any level, from animal keeper or aquarist to curator - you'll need to choose the right post-secondary education program. You'll see that some of the following programs are affiliated with AZA-accredited zoos. Please contact the schools directly for more information.

Alamance Community College
Graham, NC
A.A.S. in Animal Care and Management Technology

Brigham Young University
Provo, UT
Animal Health Technology

Canisius College
Buffalo, NY
B.S. in Biology with Zoo Biology minor

Chemeketa Community College
Salem, OR
A.A.S. in Aquarium Science

Colby Community College
Colby, KS
Veterinary Technology

Colorado Mountain College
Glenwood Springs, CO
Veterinary Technology

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
B.S. (or minor) in Zoology

Community College of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD
A.S. in Science Technology with emphasis on aquariology and zookeeping

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
Bird Biology

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithica, NY
Ph.D. in Zoology and Wildlife Conservation

Davidson County Community College
Lexington, NC
A.A.S. in Zoo and Aquarium Science

Delaware Valley College
Doylestown, PA
B.S. in Animal Biotechnology and Conservation
Affiliated with the AZA-accredited Elmwood Park Zoo

Drake University
Des Moines, IA
B.S. in Environmental Science, Biology, or Psychology with Concentrations in Zoo and Conservation Science or Animal Behavior
Affiliated with the AZA-Accredited Blank Park Zoo

Emporia State University
Emporia, KS
B.S. in Environmental Science and Biology

Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL
B.S. Biological Science (Zoology Track)

Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster, PA
B.A. in Biological Foundations of Behavior: Animal Behavior

Friends University
Witchita, KS
B.S. in Zoo Science
Affiliated with the AZA-accredited Sedgwick County Zoo

Harcum College
Bryn Mawr, PA
A.S. in Animal Center Management

Houston Community College System
Houston, TX
Animal Health Management; Pet & Laboratory Animal Management; Ranch and Exotic Animal Management

Hunter College
New York, NY
MA in Animal Behavior and Conservation

Johns Hopkins University
Distance Education
Masters in Museum Studies

Johns Hopkins University
Distance Education
Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Kent State University
Kent, OH
B.S. in Zoology

Los Angeles Pierce College
Los Angeles, CA
Animal Health Technology

Malone University
Canton, OH
B.S. in Zoo and Wildlife Management
Affiliated with the AZA-accredited Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Miami University
Miami University's Advanced Inquiry Program and Global Field Program
Distance Education with On-site Experiential Learning in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Jacksonville, New York, San Diego, Seattle or St. Louis and Global Field Courses in 16 Countries.
M.A. in Biology or M.A.T. in the Biological Sciences
Affiliated with the AZA-accredited Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Denver Zoo, Jacksonville Zoo and GardensWildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo, San Diego Zoo Global and Woodland Park Zoo

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
B.S. in Zoology with concentration in Zoo & Aquarium Science and M.S. in Zoo and Aquarium Management

Moorpark College
Moorpark, CA
A.S. in Exotic Animal Training and Management and Certificate in Animal Behavior Management

Niagara County Community College
Sanborn, NY
A.A.S. in Animal Management
Affiliated with the AZA-accredited Buffalo Zoo

North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC
B.S. (or minor), M.S., Ph.D. in Zoology

Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ
B.S. in Biology (Zoology Track)

Northern Virginia Community College - Loudoun campus
Annandale, VA
A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology

Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
B.S., B.A. in Zoology

Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH
B.S. in Zoology

Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK
B.S.. M.S., Ph.D. in Zoology

Oregon Coast Community College
Newport, OR
A.A.S. in Aquarium Science (2-year degree)
& Certificate of Completion in Aquarium Science (1-year)

Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR
B.S., M.A., M.S., Ph.D. in Zoology

Otterbein University
Westerville, OH
B.A. or B.S. in Zoo and Conservation Science
Affiliated with the AZA-accredited Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Pikes Peak Community College
Colorado Springs, CO
A.A.S. in Zookeeping Technology

Pima Medical Institute
Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas and Washington
Veterinary Technology

Quinnipiac College
Hamden, CT
Laboratory Animal Technology

Reaseheath College
Nantwich, Cheshire UK
Foundation Degree in Animal Management

San Diego Mesa College
San Diego, CA
Animal Health Technology

San Joaquin Valley College
California (Multiple Locations)
Veterinary Technology

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
Gainesville, FL
On-site learning and education takes place on grounds of the AZA-accredited Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
A.S. in Zoo Animal Technology; Cooperative B.S.: Friends University, Wichita KS; or the University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL

Southern Utah University
Cedar City, UT
B.S., B.A. in Biology (Zoology Track)

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Syracuse, NY
B.S. in Aquatic and Fisheries Science or B.S. in Wildlife Science

SUNY - Jefferson Community College
Watertown, NY
A.A.S. in Animal Management

SUNY - Oswego
Oswego, NY
B.S. in Zoology

Texas A & M University
College Station, TX
B.S. in Zoology

Texas A&M University
Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences
Distance Education Non-thesis Masters degree

Thomas Edison State College
Trenton, NJ - online degree
A.S. or B.S. in Applied Science and Technology: Laboratory Animal Science

Unity College
Unity, ME
B.S. in Wildlife Care and Education

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Veterinary Medicine

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Aquatic Animal Health

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
B.S. and or minor in Zoology

University of Hawaii
Manoa, HI
B.S., B.A., minor, or certificate in Zoology

University of Maine
Orono, ME
B.S., B.A. in Zoology

University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH
B.S., B.A., M.S., Ph.D. in Zoology

University of Plymouth
Devon, UK
M.S. in Zoo Conservation Biology

University of Salford
Greater Manchester, UK
B.S. in Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology

University of Vermont
Burlington, VT
B.S., B.A., or minor in Zoology

University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Certificate in Natural Science Illustration

University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL
B.S. in Zoo Science after completion of Associates Degree at Santa Fe College or Pensacola Junior College
Affiliated with the AZA-accredited Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

University of Wisconsin- Madison
Madison, WI
B.S., M.A., M.S., Ph.D. in Zoology

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI
B.S. in Wildlife Management with minor in Captive Wildlife Management

University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY
B.S. (or minor), M.S., Ph.D. in Zoology

Washington State University
Pullman, WA
B.S., M.S., Ph.D. in Zoology

Wayne State University College of Liberal Arts
Detroit, MI
Zoo Management
Affiliated with the AZA-accredited Detroit Zoo

West Liberty University
West Liberty, WV
B.S. in Zoo Science Biology
Affiliated with the AZA-accredited Oglebay's Good Zoo and The Wilds

Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL
Certificate in Zoo and Aquarium Studies (post-baccalaureate)

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