Animal Unit



What is Zoology?

Zoology is the biological discipline which involves the study of animals, specifically wild, undomesticated animals. It mainly comprises the following approaches:

  • Comparative anatomy – the study of the structure of animals.
  • The physiology of animals – as studied under various fields including anatomy and embryology.
  • The common genetic and developmental mechanisms of animals and plants - as studied in molecular biology, molecular genetics and developmental biology.
  • Ethology - the study of animal behavior.
  • The ecology of animals – the study of the relationships between animals and their environment including behavioral ecology.
  • Evolutionary biology of both animals and plants – studied in evolution, population genetics, heredity, variation, Mendelism, reproduction.
  • Systematics, cladistics, phylogenetics, phylogeography, biogeography and taxonomy classify and group species via common descent and regional associations.
  • The various taxonomically-oriented disciplines such as mammalogy, herpetology, ornithology and entomology identify and classify species, and study the structures and mechanisms specific to those groups.
  • Palaeontology, including all that may be learnt of ancient environments.

Why study Zoology?

A qualification in Zoology provides an excellent background from which to pursue a career in the biological and environmental sciences. It is a stimulating and interesting subject for anybody who has or wants to develop an interest in nature and wildlife. Additionally, it provides the opportunity to understand and contribute to international news items such as the Convention for the International Trade in Endangered Species, Convention on Biological Diversity, Global Warming and World Heritage Sites.

Why study Zoology at the University of Limpopo ?

At the University of Limpopo , Zoology offers a flexible suite of fundamental and advanced modules to make up attractive under- and postgraduate degree qualifications up to Honours level. We are well equipped with a wealth of expertise based on the experience of our staff and the different courses are presented to equip students for the current trends and requirements. We not only present you, the learner, with access to knowledge and skills accumulation, but strive to develop you towards critical thinking and the ability to analyse and solve problems.

Many students prefer to progress to higher degrees before seeking employment. Our senior postgraduate programmes (Masters and Doctoral) offer interesting scientific research work (which includes laboratory and fieldwork) in a diversity of fields such as different aspects of parasites of freshwater and marine fish, water quality and the factors affecting it, evolutionary biology and systematics, biology and ecology of birds, diversity of spiders in a selected area and the ecological physiology of insects. A number of project opportunities are available enabling students to carry out research under the leadership of very capable supervisors.

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