Zoology is the scientific study of animals. The majority of animals, in terms of individuals and species, are insects, and their study is termed entomology. Zoology and Entomology incorporate many more specialised disciplines like anatomy, behaviour, conservation biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, physiology, the epidemiology of wildlife diseases and plant-insect interactions. Zoologists and entomologists work closely with agriculturalists, economists, engineers, mathematicians, physicists, plant scientists and veterinarians, among others, to document, understand, conserve and manage animal life.
During the fisrst two years of study, students in the BSc programmes are exposed to a range of subjects during the first two years of study to provide a firm foundation for further study. In the third year, they take specified modules to qualify in zoology, entomology or ecology. Laboratory- and field-based practical experience in all the modules provide opportunities for students to engage with the methods used to gain new knowledge in the relevant fields. They learn the skills required in the workplace and for postgraduate study. Students can combine entomology or zoology with biochemistry, genetics or plant science as part of a dual major degree.
Entomology is recommended for students with a fascination for insects. It entails controlling agricultural, forestry and household insect pests, conserving insects that provide valuable services to humans and ecosystems, and reducing the transmission of vector-borne diseases. Depending on their personal interests, graduates can become forensic entomologists, quarantine officials, insect pest management specialists, entomological collections curators, insect rearing and laboratory technicians, and environmental consultants and managers.
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