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Otterbein University to offer major in Zoo and Conservation Science

October 3, 2011

New program offered in partnership with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Ohio Wildlife Center

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University announces a new major in Zoo and Conservation Science, to be offered in fall 2012 in partnership with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Ohio Wildlife Center.

This unique, cutting-edge program offered through the Department of Biology and Earth Science at Otterbein, is designed to prepare students to explore animals, their husbandry and health, while developing the critical thinking skills needed to frame and solve problems occurring in the zoo environment or in wild animal populations that come in contact with the human population.

“The role of zoo animal care is ever-changing and the opportunity to partner with Otterbein University allows the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to be a leader in the field of zoo and conservation science education,” said Dale Schmidt, president and CEO of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. “The new major is a win-win for the university and the zoo; students will have hands-on exposure to our world-class zoo and we, in turn, help educate the next generation of animal care professionals and scientists.”

The program offers two majors: a bachelor of arts (B.A.) in Zoo and Conservation Science and a bachelor of science (B.S.) in Zoo and Conservation Science. The B.A. degree will prepare students for employment at a zoo or in the broad area of conservation biology, including biological consulting and employment by state and federal agencies. The B.S. degree will prepare students for graduate studies in zoo science, biology, zoology or veterinary medicine, as well as for employment in zoos and with state and federal agencies.

Curricular highlights of the program include courses in zookeeping, animal nutrition, animal reproduction, vertibrate biology, invertebrate biology, coral reef ecology and conservation biology practicum experiences at the Ohio Wildlife Center and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Opportunities for undergraduate research and internships at the Zoo will be available.

For more information about the Zoo and Conservation Science major, visit the Otterbein University Department of Biology and Earth Science online at www.otterbein.edu/biology. For information about enrolling at Otterbein University, visit www.otterbein.edu/admission.

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