Aquarium track at Otterbein


Sunbury News Staff Report



The Aquarium Track of the University’s Zoo and Conservation Science Program is the only program of its kind in the Midwest.

The Aquarium Track of the University’s Zoo and Conservation Science Program is the only program of its kind in the Midwest.


Zoo and Conservation Science Major

Otterbein University offers a major in Zoo and Conservation Science. The zoo program at Otterbein University is one of only three four-year degrees in the country and the only one tied to a nationally-regarded zoo.

Otterbein University is a private university nationally recognized for its intentional blending of liberal arts and professional studies through its renowned Integrative Studies curriculum and its commitments to experiential learning and community engagement. Otterbein recently launched Kindness Matters, an initiative in partnership with Kind Columbus at The Columbus Foundation, in its effort to cultivate and inspire kindness throughout the greater Columbus region. Otterbein is a recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Community Service Classification; a finalist for the 2014 President’s Award for Economic Opportunity Community Service; and has been honored With Distinction by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since the list’s inception in 2006. It stands in its category’s top 15 percent in U.S. News & World Report’s guide to “America’s Best Colleges.” It also is recognized in national rankings by Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. Otterbein offers more than 70 undergraduate majors; six master’s programs; and a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). Its picturesque campus is perfectly situated in Westerville, Ohio, America’s fifth friendliest town (Forbes), just minutes from Columbus, the 14th largest city in the country. Otterbein’s commitment to opportunity started with its founding in 1847 as one of the nation’s first universities to welcome women and persons of color to its community of teachers and learners, which now numbers 2,400 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. Otterbein remains committed to its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its spirit of inclusion, and welcomes people of all backgrounds to Otterbein’s Model Community. To learn more about Otterbein, visit www.otterbein.edu.

Otterbein University Offers First-of-its-Kind Aquarium Program

WESTERVILLE — Otterbein University’s program in Zoo and Conservation Science is expanding to include a specialized path for students interested in aquariums and marine and freshwater conservation. The new Aquarium Track is the only program of its kind in the Midwest. Students can begin earning a bachelor’s degree through the Aquarium Track in fall 2018.

Otterbein is one of only five universities in the country to offer a bachelor’s degree in Zoo and Conservation Science, and the addition of the Aquarium Track will allow students to further focus their education. The track gives students the unique opportunity to benefit from an exclusive partnership with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, one of the nation’s most respected zoos, and Reef Systems Coral Farm, a live coral farm specializing in captive raised corals, aqua cultured live rock and sand.

This unique, cutting-edge major allows students to explore aquatic life while developing the critical thinking skills needed to frame and solve problems occurring in aquarium environments.

In addition to the core courses central to the Zoo and Conservation Science program, Aquarium Track students will:

  • Take introductory courses in marine science, and zoo and aquariums in all their facets.
  • Become certified as an Open Water SCUBA diver.
  • Participate in a Junior Practicum where students will up-keep a salt water tank, visit local aquariums, freshwater conservation, and aquaculture facilities.
  • Study upper level biology courses in Coral Reef Ecology, Aquatic Biology, and Invertebrate Biology.
  • Intern at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium or at Reef Systems Coral Farm
  • Conduct undergraduate research with professors in ongoing projects on tadpoles, freshwater mussels, and coral reef ecology.
  • Have the opportunity to win the Sea Life Award, sponsored by Sea Life, a large chain of aquariums, for the best senior research project each year.
  • Travel with experienced faculty to conduct research in Central America at the Belize Barrier Reef.

Over the last six years, Otterbein’s program in Zoo and Conservation Science has become the preeminent undergraduate program in the country, sending more students to national meetings than any other institution and supporting students in internships with animals around the world. The program’s partners include the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the Ohio Wildlife Center, and Reef Systems Coral Farm.

The Zoo and Conservation Science program is highly competitive, admitting only 24 students to the Zoo Track and 12 students to the Aquarium Track each academic year. Students wishing to major in either track of the Zoo and Conservation Science program must be admitted to Otterbein University as a Pre-Zoo and Conservation major.

The Aquarium Track of the University’s Zoo and Conservation Science Program is the only program of its kind in the Midwest.
https://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2018/01/web1_otterbein-s-new-aquarium-track-only-program-of-its-kind-in-the-midwest.jpgThe Aquarium Track of the University’s Zoo and Conservation Science Program is the only program of its kind in the Midwest.

Sunbury News Staff Report

Zoo and Conservation Science Major

Otterbein University offers a major in Zoo and Conservation Science. The zoo program at Otterbein University is one of only three four-year degrees in the country and the only one tied to a nationally-regarded zoo.

Otterbein University is a private university nationally recognized for its intentional blending of liberal arts and professional studies through its renowned Integrative Studies curriculum and its commitments to experiential learning and community engagement. Otterbein recently launched Kindness Matters, an initiative in partnership with Kind Columbus at The Columbus Foundation, in its effort to cultivate and inspire kindness throughout the greater Columbus region. Otterbein is a recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Community Service Classification; a finalist for the 2014 President’s Award for Economic Opportunity Community Service; and has been honored With Distinction by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since the list’s inception in 2006. It stands in its category’s top 15 percent in U.S. News & World Report’s guide to “America’s Best Colleges.” It also is recognized in national rankings by Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. Otterbein offers more than 70 undergraduate majors; six master’s programs; and a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). Its picturesque campus is perfectly situated in Westerville, Ohio, America’s fifth friendliest town (Forbes), just minutes from Columbus, the 14th largest city in the country. Otterbein’s commitment to opportunity started with its founding in 1847 as one of the nation’s first universities to welcome women and persons of color to its community of teachers and learners, which now numbers 2,400 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. Otterbein remains committed to its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its spirit of inclusion, and welcomes people of all backgrounds to Otterbein’s Model Community. To learn more about Otterbein, visit www.otterbein.edu.

Learn more at www.otterbein.edu/zooandconservationscience.

Learn more at www.otterbein.edu/zooandconservationscience.