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 creating knowledge in the zoological sciences.

Quality Assurance

The zoology degree program at Olivet Nazarene University is preparing students for success in their chosen careers. Employers note that ONU alumni are entering 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 on the excellent jobs they are landing promotions and they are receiving. 

Meet the Faculty

Derek Rosenberger

Derek Rosenberger teaches courses in invertebrate zoology, animal behavior, ornithology, and tropical and arctic field studies (Costa Rica and Alaska). He is passionate about helping students develop into zoologists that have both deep knowledge of animals and know how to create new knowledge and share it with the scientific community. This is done through hands-on courses and high quality mentored research experiences. Dr. Rosenberger's research interests include the conservation of animal communities in endangered ecosystems and insect invasions and range expansions. Dr. Rosenberger and his students have studied animals in the Alaskan arctic tundra, the cloud forests of Costa Rica, and the savannas and prairies of Illinois.

Biological Sciences Faculty

Zoology Careers

Animal Care Professional
Conversation Biologist

Wildlife and Environmental Education
Wildlife Biologist
Wildlife Rehabilitator

Park Ranger

Learning Outside the Classroom

Field experiences are a hallmark of the Zoology Major and other Olivet degree programs.

Recent student/faculty excursions include:

  • Arctic Field Biology course and research to the Arctic Circle, Alaska
  • Tropical Field Biology course and 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 and 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 cloud 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
  • Over a dozen summer courses at Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies in northern Michigan and Washington state
Studying Zoology at a Christian College

Rapid developments in science sometimes create theological questions, particularly as science relates to evolution. Read more about Olivet’s Theistic Evolution Statement.

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Dissection and experimentation are essential tools for studying the anatomy and physiology of biological specimens. Read more about Olivet’s dissection policy.

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Career of Your Dreams

Success is waiting for Olivet graduates. At Olivet, our faculty is dedicated to providing the foundations of science. They guide students in research. They challenge students to gain experience in oral and written presentations. As students identify they gifts and talents and develop their abilities, faculty members work with each student to help him/her choose the best career fit.

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Biological Sciences with a Christian Purpose

The best way to see if Olivet is a good fit for you is to visit the campus. We offer unique, customized visit days every weekday, and special Purple & Gold days, too, where you can get up close at all things ONU.

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