Graduate Degree - Zoo and Aquarium Management - Master of Science

Zoo and Aquarium Management - Master of Science
Program Code:
7007 Zoo and Aquarium Management
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Master of Science
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College of Natural Science
Department of Integrative Biology
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College of Natural Science

Department of Integrative Biology

Graduate Study
Zoo and Aquarium Management - Master of Science

The objective of Master of Science in Zoo and Aquarium Management is to train professionals in the foundations of zoo and aquarium management and to develop business management and communication skills. The program should appeal to working professionals with Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees who wish to advance or change their careers.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and the College of Natural Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Zoo and Aquarium Management

The student must complete 30 credits under Plan B (without thesis). The specific program of study, including an internship in collaboration with an industrial partner, must be approved by the student’s guidance committee. The final oral examination, which covers both course work and research, is administered by the student's guidance committee.

1. The following Core courses (6 credits):  
  ZOL 892 Biodiversity 2
  One of the following courses:  
  ZOL 896 Population and Community Ecology 4
  ZOL 897 Ecosystem Ecology 4
2. All of the following courses (16 credits):  
  ENT 442 Concepts of Biological Information Systems 3
  FW 444 Conservation Biology 3
  GEO 459 Tourism in Regional Development 3
  PRR 841 Park and Recreation Administration and Policy 3
  ZOL 890 Special Problems 4
3. A minimum of 8 credits from the following courses:  
  FW 424 Population Analysis and Management 4
  FW 811 Fisheries and Wildlife Laws and Regulation 3
  FW 828 Conservation and Genetics 3
  PRR 443 Park and Recreation Planning and Design Concepts 4
  PRR 451 Park Interpretive Services and Visitor Information Systems 3
  PRR 460 Resource and Environmental Economics 3
  PRR 485 Legal Aspects of Parks, Recreation, and Sport 3
  PRR 829 The Economics of Environmental Resources 3
  PRR 848 The Law and Leisure Services 3
  PRR 870 Park, Recreation and Natural Resources Marketing 3
  ZOL 851 Quantitative Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3
4. Complete an internship with an industrial partner.  
5. Pass a final oral examination.  
6. All students in the program will be required to complete a Certificate Program in Basic Business and Communication Skills. The certificate program is organized as a series of week-end workshops covering such topics as project management, business law, intellectual property, management theory, finance, writing skills, presentation skills, information retrieval, interpersonal skills and group work. The certificate program offered by the faculty of The Eli Broad College of Business and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, will include a case-study approach. It will normally be undertaken during the first year of enrollment and will involve an additional cost to the student beyond usual tuition and fees.  

After the completion of the certificate program is approved by The Eli Broad College of Business and by the Associate Dean of the College of Natural Science, the Office of the Registrar will enter on the student's academic record the name of the certificate program and the date it was completed. This certification will appear on the student's transcript upon completion of the requirements for the degree program.