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Department of Zoology


Each course has its own Moodle site which current students will be enrolled in.

 As a Natural Sciences undergraduate you will have the opportunity to choose courses from a variety of scientific disciplines; combinations are flexible so you can base your study around topics that interest you. The Tripos consists of:

Below is a summary of Zoology teaching across the Natural Sciences, with links to individual courses websites containing further information. For details on all courses within the Tripos, including those which don’t involve Zoology, please visit the Natural Sciences website.

Part IA

In your first year you will study three experimental subjects and one mathematical subject. Zoology contributes to four of these courses (highlighted in bold):

Evolution and BehaviourBiology of CellsPhysiology of Organisms—Chemistry—Computer Science—Earth Sciences—Materials Science—Physics

Mathematical Biology—Mathematics

Part IB

Students select three subjects from a list of nineteen. Having started with a broader biological sciences base, in the second year you will begin to specialise in particular areas. Zoology contributes to four of these courses (highlighted in bold):

Evolution and Animal Diversity (Animal Biology)Cell and Developmental BiologyEcology, Evolution and Conservation (Ecology)Neurobiology—Biochemistry and Molecular Biology—Biology of Disease—Chemistry A—Chemistry B—Experimental Psychology—Earth Sciences A—Earth Sciences B—History and Philosophy of Science—Materials Science—Mathematics—Pharmacology—Physics A— Physics B—Physiology—Plant and Microbial Sciences

Part II Zoology

In the third year of the Natural Sciences Tripos, you will be able to specialise in the area that most interests you. There is no set combination of courses you need to have taken in order to study Part II Zoology; however, most students will have taken a selection of Evolution & Behaviour, Biology of Cells, Physiology of Organisms, and/or Mathematical Biology in their first year. The second year is more flexible and dependant on your individual interests, but many students choose to study Evolution & Animal Diversity, and/or Ecology, Evolution & Conservation.

Below are a few examples of possible routes to Zoology (these are just a few options, there are many more possible combinations!).

Students choose four modules to study from sixteen—these modules cover a wide range of topics (animal behaviour, conservation science, ecology, evolution, cell and developmental biology). For more information on the course please visit our Part II Zoology webpage.