Zoo ScienceBachelor of Science

Wild About Zoo Science

Adventure awaits in our Zoo Science degree program. We blend traditional classroom coursework with hands-on courses at the award-winning Sedgwick County Zoo. Prepare for a zoological career by studying zoo keeping techniques, conservation practices, animal nutrition, and more.

Start your future in Zoo Science.

Program Highlights

Real-world knowledge. Supportive learning.

Because of it’s special relationship with the Sedgwick County Zoo, the zoo science program at Friends University offers a mix of traditional college courses and specialized courses at the zoo giving practical hands-on experience with animal exhibits and zoo professionals.

Academic Resources

Access to library and academic support services

Interactive Classrooms

Collaborative instruction in interactive classroom environments

Passionate Faculty

Accessible educators with zoological experience

Hands-On Experience

Work onsite at the accredited Sedgwick County Zoo


Networking opportunities with established zoo professionals

Career Services

Helpful career guidance

Exclusive Programs

You’re closer than you think.

Zoo Science Practicum

Leave the classroom and gain hands-on experience working with zoo professionals at Sedgwick County Zoo. You’ll choose an area of the zoo, where you’ll spend one semester learning about the animals and their habitat. You’ll also gain hands-on experience in animal husbandry, exhibit maintenance and animal enrichment.

Is Zoo Science the same as Zoology?

When people think of animals and education programs at the college level, they probably think of zoology.  Is Zoo Science the same thing?  Not really.  It is worth taking a moment to understand the difference and finding out what potential careers you can go into with a Zoo Science bachelors degree from Friends University.

Featured Faculty

Patrick Mathews

Dr. Patrick Mathews

  • Professor of Biology; Program Director of Zoo Science
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • B.A., M.S., Truman State University; Ph.D., University of Arkansas

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