Introduction to the Department

The Zoology Department offers four different majors to suit various interests. Although most majors begin with the same core courses, each has features that offer special preparation for a variety of fields, such as medicine, environmental science, genetics and molecular biology, biomedical engineering, neuroscience, K-12 teaching, museum curatorship, animal care, and more. All faculty members in the department are academic advisers and all are available to help you select courses and chart your path.

Department Features

  • Diverse course offerings. A wide variety of courses span the biological world from the molecular to the organismal to the ecosystem. All courses include both practical and theoretical approaches, most have an in-depth laboratory component, and many include significant fieldwork. In addition, the department regularly offers travel-learning courses with destinations such as Tanzania, Costa Rica, the Virgin Islands, Ecuador, and others.
  • Excellent facilities and equipment. Included are a digital UV-imager, a fluorescence microscopy laboratory, a scanning and transmission electron microscope laboratory with full-time, expert staffing, real-time thermal cyclers, and fully outfitted, modern molecular biology labs. In addition, the department oversees and maintains a research museum and two nature preserves.
  • Active student-faculty research collaborations. Ongoing research in our department spans the biological spectrum. Students commonly present their research findings at local, regional, and national scientific conferences and contribute to manuscripts published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals.
  • Strong support for student internships. Recent Zoology graduates have done internships at a number of zoos including the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium as well as at veterinary clinics, wildlife centers, university research labs, hospitals, and other allied health settings.

Available Majors

Available Minors

Department Contact Info


Schimmel/Conrades Science Center
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3885
F 740-368-3011

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Chair: David Markwardt
SCSC 302
(740) 368-3880