4 Year

About this course



Zoology is the scientific study of the characteristics and classification of animals. It is one of the branches of biology, and therefore it is also referred to as animal biology. There are several sub-branches within this field, including ethology, zoography, and anthrozoology. Additionally, zoologists often specialize in the study of specific types of animals. For instance, an ornithologist studies birds, while a mammologist studies mammals. As zoology is a very interdisciplinary subject, there are a number of related fields, including taxonomy, paleontology, and evolutionary biology.

Zoology is a vibrant and growing discipline with substantial relevance for modern society. Knowledge of animal’s biology contributes to the development strategies to reduce and cope with pollution, strive for renewable sources, deal with environmental changes, discover new biologically based solution to human/animal diseases and develop biopharmaceuticals. The study of Zoology is increasingly recognized as vital for understanding and protecting our planet.



The department of Zoology is the oldest, established when the institution was functioning as the college. The department has the honour of an association of a very senior Professor of University of Karachi on its faculty. Students who are interested in pursing an advanced zoology degree may choose to continue studies and research with a PhD program or extensive research. This can lead to additional options for careers in the field such as environmental research, agricultural lab work, parasitology and medical research.

Other facilities available in the department are:

  • Spacious class rooms with multimedia and overhead projector.
  • Well equipped laboratories.
  • Zoological museum with preserved and stuffed animals (pets and wild both).



Zoology is a wide field offering many career opportunities for research, as there is still a great deal to learn. It offers a way to make a difference to the planet’s ecology through conservation work. Most zoologists are employed by colleges and universities, where they undertake research and teach students. Here is a brief summary of some of the main careers available.

  • Zookeepers are employed by a zoo or aquarium, where they manage and befriend the animals on display.
  • Zoo Curators are responsible for acquiring animals for zoos, either through breeding programs, through purchase from other zoos, or very occasionally from the wild.
  • Animal and Wildlife Educators work in a public venue, such as a sanctuary, museum or aquarium, the educator creates a range of materials that help visitors to understand the wildlife they are seeing.
  • Wildlife Rehabilitators care for ill, injured or orphaned wild animals that have been damaged by bushfires, oil spills, or other major disasters. They are responsible for then releasing the animals back into the wild.
  • Animal Behaviorists train zoo employees how to interact with and successfully care for animals. They are usually trained in ethology (the study of animal behavior in natural habitats) and have had direct experience working with animals themselves.
  • Conservationist work for conservation agencies, reporting on what is impacting on a particular species’ survival or on a region’s ecosystem.
  • Researchers conduct research in private organisations or in university departments, where they also teach students.



Department of Zoology
Jinnah University for Women
5-C, Nazimabad, Karachi-74600


Course outline


First Year

First Semester Second Semester
Code Subject Cr.Hr. Code Subject Cr.Hr.
ENG I 1011 Compulsary I 3+0 ENG II 1022 Compulsary III 3+0
PAK. ST. 1011 Compulsary II 2+0 COM 1022 Compulsary IV Appl. Computer 2+1
GEN I 1011 Biochem/Bot/Chem/Micro 2+1 GEN III 1022 Biochem/Bot/Chem/Micro 2+1
GEN II 1011 Biochem/Bot/Chem/Micro 2+1 GEN IV 1022 Biochem/Bot/Chem/Micro 2+1
ZOO 1011 Foundation I Animal Diversity I Classification, Phylogeny & Orgnaization 2+1 ZOO 1022 Foundation II Animal Diversity II Classification, Phylogeny & Orgnaization 2+1

Second Year

Third Semester Fourth Semester
Code Subject Cr.Hr. Code Subject Cr.Hr.
ENG III 2031 Compulsory V 3+0 ENG IV 2042 Compulsory VII 3+0
MAT 2031 Compulsory VI 2+1 ISL 2042 Compulsory VIII 2+0
GEN V 2031 Biochem/Bot/Chem/Micro 2+1 GEN V 2042 Biochem/Bot/Chem/Micro 2+1
GEN VI 2031 Biochem/Bot/Chem/Micro 2+1 GEN VI 2042 Biochem/Bot/Chem/Micro 2+1
ZOO 2031 Foundation III Animal Form & Function I 2+1 ZOO 2052 Foundation V Animal Form & Function II 3
ZOO 2041 Foundation IV Principle in Animal Life I 2+1 ZOO 2062 Foundation VI Principle in Animal Life II 2+1
COM COmpulsory IX 2+1

Third Year

Fifth Semester Sixth Semester
Code Subject Cr.Hr. Code Subject Cr.Hr.
ZOO 3051 Maj I-Cell & Molecular Biology 2+1 ZOO 3112 Maj V-Palaeontology 2+1
ZOO 3061 Foundation VII Animal Ecology 2+1 ZOO 3122 Maj VI-Evolution 3+0
ZOO 3071 Maj II-Animal Physiology 2+1 ZOO 3132 Maj VII-Zoogeography 2+1
ZOO 3081 Maj III-Genetics 2+1 ZOO 3142 Foundation IX- Animal Behavior & Livestock Management 2+1
ZOO 3091 Maj IV-Biostatisitics 2+1 ZOO 3152 Maj VIII-Principles Of Systematics Zoology 2+1
ZOO 3101 Foundation VIII-Environmental Biology 2+1 ZOO 3162 Foundation X-Developmental Biology 2+1

Fourth Year

Seventh Semester Eighth Semester
Code Subject Cr.Hr. Code Subject Cr.Hr.
ZOO 4171
Maj IX-Morphology, Physiology & Ecology Of Insects
2+1 ZOO 4222 Maj XII-Immunology, Haematology & Pathological Techniques 2+1
ZOO 4181
Elec I-Clinical Parasitology
2+1 ZOO 4232 Elec III-Fresh Water Biology 2+1
ZOO 4191
Maj X-Research Methodology
3+0 ZOO 4242 Maj XIII-Forest, Agriculture & Medical Entomology 2+1
ZOO 4201
Elec II-Principle Of Fish Biology
2+1 ZOO 4282 Maj XIV-Veterinary Science 3+0
ZOO 4211
Maj XI-Conservation Of Wild Life & its Management
2+1 ZOO 4292 Elec IV-Biological Oceanography 2+1
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