Zoo Keeping Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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This program is designed to prepare students to be zoo keeping technicians and animal care professionals. Classes include training in science foundations, animal husbandry, career development, horticulture, exhibit design and veterinary zoo keeping giving the students the background for a career in the animal care professions.

New students must satisfactorily pass a Criminal Background Investigation (CBI) prior to first internship. Failure to pass may jeopardize participation in any internship. CBI tests are at student expense.

It is the policy of the PPCC Zoo Keeping Technology program to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified students with disabilities. Whether or not a requested accommodation is reasonable will be determined on an individual basis. Determining what is a reasonable accommodation is an interactive process which the student should initiate with OASIS.

Students should realize that a degree from PPCC will not guarantee a position with a zoo. Many zoos have requirements other than education for employment. Requirements for a zoo keeping job may include the following:

  • Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time.
  • Working in a variety of weather conditions, weekends and holidays.
  • Work in small, confined spaces.
  • Perform a variety of physical tasks that include climbing, bending, stooping, kneeling, twisting, reaching, and crawling.
  • Physical strength, including the ability to frequently move fifty (50) pounds.
  • Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment that may include rubber/latex gloves, steel-toed boots/shoes, face shields, eye goggles, and dust masks.
  • No allergy related to plants or animals that would impede work.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch balance, and ability of movement that might interfere with ability to work.

Students should consult with a program faculty advisor prior to enrolling in this program.

Students not meeting a course prerequisite must have instructor permission to enroll.

General Education Courses

BIO 150

Animal Biology

4

CIS 118

Introduction to PC Applications

3

or

 

 

CSC 105

Computer Literacy

(3)

COM 115

Public Speaking

3

or

 

 

COM 214

Natural Resource Interpretation & Communication

(3)

ENG 131

Technical Writing I

3

MAT 103

Math for Clinical Calculations

3

 

 

16

Additional Required Courses

ZOO 101

Introduction to Zoo Keeping; Science Safety & Career Development of Zoo Keeping

2

ZOO 104

Animal Training

2

ZOO 105

Reptile & Amphibian Husbandry

4

ZOO 115

Bird Husbandry

4

ZOO 117

Animal Conservation

3

ZOO 125

Mammal Husbandry

4

ZOO 135

Fish & Invertebrate Husbandry

4

ZOO 180

Zoo Keeping Internship I

5

ZOO 181

Zoo Keeping Internship II

5

ZOO 206

Exhibit & Horticulture Design for Zoo Exhibits

4

ZOO 207

Animal Behavior

3

ZOO 215

Veterinary Zoo Keeping

4

ZOO 280

Zoo Keeping Internship III

5

 

49

Total Credit Hours

65

Certificates

Mammal Husbandry

ZOO 117

Animal Conservation

3

ZOO 125

Mammal Husbandry

4

Elective

Choose six (6) hours from the list below

6

Total Credit Hours

13

Electives

Choose six (6) credit hours

ZOO 102

Primates

3

ZOO 110

Wild Cats-Conservation & Management

2

ZOO 111

Ungulates-The Hoofed Mammals

2

ZOO 112

Elephants: An Introduction

1

ZOO 120

Bats: An Introduction

2

ZOO 122

Primatology: Captive Apes

2

ZOO 212

Elephant Management

2

Zoo Science

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ZOO 101

Introduction to Zoo Keeping; Science Safety & Career Development of Zoo Keeping

2

ZOO 104

Animal Training

2

ZOO 105

Reptile & Amphibian Husbandry

4

ZOO 115

Bird Husbandry

4

ZOO 117

Animal Conservation

3

ZOO 125

Mammal Husbandry

4

ZOO 135

Fish & Invertebrate Husbandry

4

ZOO 206

Exhibit & Horticulture Design for Zoo Exhibits

4

ZOO 207

Animal Behavior

3

ZOO 215

Veterinary Zoo Keeping

4

Elective

Choose six (6) hours from the list below

6

 

40

Electives

Choose six (6) credit hours

BIO 148

Basic Ecology

4

HWE 100

Human Nutrition

3

HWE 103

Community First Aid & CPR

1

HWE 110

Fitness Conditioning & Wellness

2

PSY 100

Psychology of Workplace Relationships

3

ZOO 110

Wild Cats-Conservation & Management

2

ZOO 111

Ungulates-The Hoofed Mammals

2

ZOO 112

Elephants: An Introduction

1

ZOO 120

Bats: An Introduction

2

ZOO 122

Primatology: Captive Apes

2

ZOO 200

Advanced Exhibitory Techniques

2

ZOO 212

Elephant Management

2