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What Is Zoology

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.


Department At JUW

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).


Careers Related To Department

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.


Contact  Details

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.
ZOO 501 Cell & Molecular Biology 2+1 ZOO 502  Developmental Biology 2+1
ZOO 507 Genetics 2+1 ZOO 504 Palaeontology 2+1
ZOO 509 Biostatisitics 2+1 ZOO 512 Evolution 2+1
ZOO 511 Animal Physiology 2+1 ZOO 514 Zoogeography 2+1
ZOO 513 Animal Ecology 2+1 ZOO 516 Principles Of Systematics Zoology 2+1

Second Year

Third Semester Fourth Semester
Code Subject Cr.Hr. Code Subject Cr.Hr.
ZOO 605
Clinical Parasitology
2+1 ZOO 602 Fresh Water Biology 2+1
ZOO  607
Research Methodology
3+0 ZOO 606 Immunology, Haematology & Pathological Techniques 2+1
ZOO  611
Morphology, Physiology & Ecology Of Insects
2+1 ZOO 612 Biological Oceanography 2+1
ZOO  613
Principle Of Fish Biology
2+1 ZOO 614 Veterinary Science 3+0
ZOO 615
Conservation Of Wild Life & Its Management
2+1 ZOO  620 Forest,Agriculture & Medical Entomology 2+1

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