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Administrative Unit:Zoology
College/School: College of Letters & Science
Admitting Plans:M.A., M.S., Ph.D.
Degrees Offered:M.A., M.S., Ph.D.
Minors and Certificates:Doctoral Minor

Faculty: Professors: Hardin (chair), Bement, Blair, Carpenter, Engels, Epstein, Fernandez, Gammie, Goldberg, Halloran, Ives, Karasov, Kitchell, Lee, Lindroth, Marler, McConnell (adjunct), Porter, Riters, Snowdon, Stanley, Stretton, Strier, Turner, Vander Zanden; Associate Professors: Amann, Auger, Bleiweiss, Brunet, Currie, Damschen, Gratton, Grinblat, Hawks, Lee, Orrock; Assistant Professors: Berres, Coen, McIntyre, Payseur, Peery, Pool, Sharma, Wolman


The Department of Zoology offers graduate work leading to the master of arts or the master of science and the doctor of philosophy in zoology. Facilities and staff are available for advanced study in a wide variety of zoological fields including aquatic and terrestrial ecology, conservation biology, cell/molecular/developmental and neurobiology, endocrinology, ethology, genetics, evolution and systematics, comparative physiology, and physiological ecology.

In addition to a broad range of well-equipped laboratories, research facilities include advanced microscopy facilities, limnological laboratories on campus (Lake Mendota) and in northern Wisconsin (Trout Lake), the University Arboretum, the Zoological Museum and a Molecular Systematics Laboratory.

Joint Degree 

Doctoral students may elect a joint degree (two programs) which combines zoology with another biological program. The requirements for such candidates will be determined by the certification committee (which includes members of both programs) in accordance with regulations established by the Graduate School.

Doctoral Minor 

Graduate candidates who elect zoology as a minor subject must fulfill the course requirements specified by the minor professor or the graduate advisory committee.

Financial Aid 

Financial support may be provided through a limited number of teaching and research assistantships and by federal, industrial, and privately sponsored fellowships and traineeships. Graduate student support is available to all accepted graduate students and will be determined before arrival on campus.


The department will accept applicants who have an adequate background for advanced work in one or more of the subdisciplines listed above and for whom a faculty member is willing to serve as major professor. In addition to the Graduate School application, all applicants must submit GRE scores, at least 3 letters of recommendation, a personal statement including areas of research interest and the names of prospective faculty advisors, a CV/resume, official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended and a calculation of the undergraduate GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. See the admissions page on the zoology website for more specific instructions regarding application requirements.

The department faculty strongly believes that graduate education should be distinguished from undergraduate education in recognition of individuality and emphasis on responsibility in graduate students. This philosophy requires flexibility and is not well served by the imposition of many formal requirements to be met by all students. Rather, more emphasis is placed on the role of advisory committees in devising programs of breadth and depth appropriate for individual students with due regard to areas outside of biology which are important for the student's effectiveness in the chosen field.

For more information: Michael Hawkins, Graduate Student Coordinator, Department of Zoology, 145 Noland Hall, 250 North Mills Street, Madison, WI 53706, 608-262-1051 or 608-262-1379; hawkins4@wisc.edu ; zoology.wisc.edu.