University Catalog 2023-2024

Zoology (Minor)

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The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Sciences offers an undergraduate minor in Zoology intended to enhance the programs of students who are interested in obtaining a solid foundation in zoological concepts, including diversity in the animal kingdom, animal behavior, and the comparative physiology of animals. It is open to all baccalaureate students except those majoring in Zoology (17ZOOBS) or Biological Sciences with a concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (17BIOSCEEC). At least 9 credit hours of the minor must be completed at NC State.


The minor in Zoology is administered within the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Sciences. Students are strongly encouraged to declare the minor early in their studies so they receive information on relevant courses, events, and other opportunities from the Department of Biological Sciences. To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. To apply to Add a Minor, go to:


All requirements for the minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from their major degree program. Students apply to graduate in the minor through MyPack at the same time that they apply to graduate in their major program.



Jenny Campbell
120 David Clark Labs

SIS Code:  17ZOM

Plan Requirements

  • The Zoology minor consists of a minimum of 17 credit hours.
  • A grade of C- or better is required for all minor courses with a 2.0 GPA required in the minor for graduation.
  • No course used in the minor can be taken for credit only (S/U).
  • Courses taken for the minor can also be used toward major requirements, GEP Electives, or Free Electives.
  • At least 9 credit hours of the minor must be completed at NC State.
Required Courses
ZO 250Animal Anatomy and Physiology4
ZO 350Animal Phylogeny and Diversity4
or ZO 402 Invertebrate Biology
Select nine credits of the following: 19
Human-Animal Interactions
Primate Ecology and Evolution
Captive Animal Biology
Captive Animal Biology Field Laboratory
Introduction to Animal Behavior
Capstone Course in Zoology
ZO 2**, 3**, or 4**
Marine Biology
Biology of Marine Mammals
Principles of Biological Oceanography
General Entomology
Evolutionary Biology
Evolutionary Medicine
Developmental Anatomy of the Vertebrates
Developmental Anatomy Laboratory
Comparative Nutrition
Comparative Nutrition
Conservation Genetics
Total Hours17