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Offered by the Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences

The courses offered under the Zoology Honours Degree in the third and fourth years of the BSc programme are multidisciplinary in nature and is a coalition of many applied fields of zoology such as conservation biology, ecotoxicology, aquaculture and fisheries, parasitology and molecular biology, all of which are designed to provide a more practical and integrative approach to studying the wide scope of topics embodied in the subject. These courses are built upon the range of fundamental courses offered in the first two years of study.

The special degree courses have intense field and laboratory components which introduces students to a wide variety of advanced tools that are used in novel and emerging sub disciplines of applied zoology. The residential field workshops focus on imparting hands-on experience and familiarizes students with currently used techniques, procedures and approaches for biodiversity assessment and monitoring, protecting wildlife and their habitats and for resolving and mitigating pressing environmental issues. In the fourth year, students have the opportunity to conduct research projects on a topic of their choice, many of which involve multiple supervisors from within the department and from outside institutions. The student-centered teaching, learning and assessment approaches foster creativity and analytical and critical thinking. The wholesome experience gained in a multitude of sub disciplines would no doubt increase employability the Zoology Honours graduates and enhance their capacity to become leading scientists.

Degree Aims

  • Use specific examples to elucidate how traits in morphology, physiology, life history, and behavior in animals is shaped through evolutionary processes.
  • Make comparative analyses of how organisms' function at the level of cells, tissues and organ systems.
  • Explicate the ecological interconnectedness of biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems and apply ecological principles/concepts for conserving species and their habitats.
  • Be skilled in animal handling, conducting biodiversity assessments and monitoring, barcoding and phylogenetic analyses, and using GIS techniques etc. and also be able to use these as tools for the management of species and habitats.
  • Identify human and animal parasites and their hosts, and know the basics of managing emerging vector borne diseases.
  • Apply scientific knowledge in various sub disciplines of zoology such as in the fields of aquaculture, integrated pest management and the management of problem animals.
  • Have the capacity to apply scientific methods to address issues relating to animals, and the environment in general, by formulating research questions and hypotheses and gathering and analyzing relevant data for testing these hypotheses.
  • Design laboratory or field experiments, to collect and analyze biological or ecological data, and make meaningful interpretations.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this programme, a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 for the core courses in the first and second years.
(Core Courses: ZL 1009 Evolution and Biogeography, ZL 1008 Variety of Animal Life, ZL 1010 Animal Behaviour, ZL 2010 Animal Form and Function, ZL 2009 Principles of Ecology Biosystematics, ZL 2011 Biosystematics)

Course Modules

(L – No. of Lecture hours, P – No. of Practical hours)

Semester I

Course Code Title No. of Credits No. of Hours
ZL 3050 Applications of Molecular Biology 2C 15L 30P
ZL 3051 Introduction to Immunology 2C 15L 30P
ZL 3052 Mammalogy 2C 15L 30P
ZL 3011 Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture 3C 30L 30P
ZL 3053 Species vulnerability risk assessment 2C 15L 30P
ZL 3054 Evolutionary Biology 2C 15L 30P
ZL 3055 Invertebrate Zoology 1C 15L
ZL 3017 Applied biotechnology 1C 15L

Semester II

Course Code Title No. of Credits No. of Hours
ZL 3069 Fundamentals of Conservation Biology and Wildlife Management 3C 30L 30P
ZL 3056 Management of biological collections 2C 60P
ZL 3057 Comparative Physiology 3C 30L 30P
ZL 3060 Fundamentals of Parasitology 3C 30L 30P
ZL 3075 Ecotoxicology 3C 30L 30P
ZL 3080 Bioethics 1C 15L

Level 4

Semester I

Course Code Title No. of Credits No. of Hours
ZL 4060 Developmental Biology 2C 30L
ZL 4051 Research methods, project development & statistics 2C 30L
ZL 4053 Research Projects in Zoology 8C 240P
ZL 4055 Principles of Oceanography 3C 30L 30P
ZL 4056 Guided Reading and Essay 2C 60P
ZL 4064 Parasitology 3C 30L 30P
ZL 4057 Entomology 2C 15L 30P
ZL 4059 Ornithology 2C 15L 30P
ZL 4067 Herpetology 1C 15L

Semester II

Course Code Title No. of Credits No. of Hours
ZL 4068 Wildlife Ecology & Management 3C 30L 30P
ZL 4069 Ex situ conservation: Principles and practice 2C 15L 30P