Zoology is the study of animals, ranging from microscopic invertebrates to the largest animals to ever live on the planet. An education in Zoology prepares you to start a career working in any of the broad levels of life, from working on the cellular level, to working on a specific species or individual animal, or all the way up to working on total ecosystems or the whole biosphere. Work can be as varied as doing research on topics such as animal behavior, cellular biology, or ecology, working in animal husbandry, being on the frontlines of conservation, or being the neighborhood veterinarian 

Common employers

  • USDA
  • Forest Service
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Denver Zoo
  • Greenwood Wildlife Rehab Center
  • Arapahoe Animal Hospital
  • City of Fort Collins
  • UC Health
  • Disney

Common job titles

  • Veterinary Technician
  • Park Ranger
  • Science Teacher
  • Wildlife Rehab Assistant/Keeper
  • Wildlife Officer
  • Animal Care Technician
  • Aquarium Biologist
  • Research Assistant

Factors of success

  • Engagement with the CSU Career Center
  • Internship or research involvement
  • GPA
  • On campus employment

For more information visit the Department of Biology’s website:

https://www.biology.colostate.edu/undergraduate-students-2/

Career checklist

  • Select a concentration.
  • Create a resume and learn how to write a cover letter based on the handouts in the Career Center and on the website. Then have your resume and cover letter reviewed in a drop-in session at the Career Center or make an appointment with a Career Educator. 
  • Attend an appointment or drop-in at the Career Center to discuss job/internship search strategies and tips for interviewing. 
  • Apply for undergraduate internship options: https://www.biology.colostate.edu/undergraduate-students/career-resources/ 
  • Become a research assistant by applying to one of the opportunities listed here: https://www.natsci.colostate.edu/undergraduate-research/  
  • Update your resume and/or CV. 
  • Present research at CSU:
  • Attend a mock interview session at the Career Center to prepare for the job search or graduate school interviews. 
  • Attend many networking events to meet employers and increase your chances of landing a job. 
  • Ask three professors and/or employers to be professional references. 
  • You may continue to use the Career Center for guidance! All services are still available to you at no cost for one year after graduation and for a small fee after that.