Zoology

Olivet is one of the only Christian universities that offers unique courses and training in zoology to prepare students for a career in animal studies. The dynamic zoology program at Olivet is ideal for those who want to study the biology, ecology and behavior of animals in clinical settings, zoos, animal care centers and in natural habitats, both domestically and abroad. Zoology students at Olivet are involved in animal care on campus, animal outreach in the community, and research and internships around the country and the world, putting their education to work and sharing knowledge about the zoological sciences.


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The zoology degree program at Olivet prepares students for success in their chosen careers. Employers note that ONU alumni enter the workplace with surprising amounts of experience not often seen in a recent graduate. Familiarity with animal care and zoological research makes ONU zoologists sought after employees, graduate students and veterinary students. Alumni continue to report about the excellent jobs offers and promotions and they receive. 


Make Original Discoveries

Olivet students conduct high-quality research to discover new and exciting things about our world! Students have published peer reviewed articles with faculty in international journals on topics like tropical cloud forest frog range expansions and the effects of cattle and bison pasture on pollinators. Students may also get the chance to accompany faculty to our local and national scientific meetings and present their work! Our students do some stellar work! ONU students won both 1st and 2nd place awards for their research at the 2018 Illinois State Academy of Sciences annual meeting. Partnerships with federal and state agencies also provide opportunities to grow our knowledge about animals right here in Illinois!

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Possible Careers after Graduation

  • Veterinarian
  • Ecologist
  • Animal care professional
  • Conversation biologist
  • Wildlife and environmental education instructor
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Wildlife rehabilitator
  • Naturalist
  • Park ranger
  • Aquarist
  • Zookeeper

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Outside the Classroom

Recent Zoology student/faculty excursions include:

  • Arctic Field Biology course & research to the Arctic Circle, Alaska
  • Tropical Field Biology course & research to the cloud forests of Costa Rica
  • Exploring the world-renowned animal collections at the Field Museum
  • Field trips to the Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Behavioral study of 14,000 sandhill cranes at Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area, Indiana
  • Behavioral studies of wild bison at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
  • Summer research with faculty studying threatened and endangered red-headed woodpeckers, tropical forest frogs and grassland bumblebees
  • Small mammal studies for the Illinois DNR at Kankakee River State Park
  • Marine and Island Ecology course with the Shedd Aquarium to the Bahamas
  • 12+ summer courses at Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies in northern Michigan and Washington State

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