The department offers a three-year under graduate programme in Zoology of six-semesters with Chemistry and Botany as complementary subjects. A B.Sc. Zoology student gets in touch with basic research methodology, animal identification and classification including Chordates and Non chordates and training in Environmental biology, Evolution, Zoogeography, Human Physiology, Biochemistry, Developmental biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology, basic Bioinformatics and Biostatistics. Students have the privilege to choose a subject of their choice (Open Course) in the fifth semester in other streams of study to make the spectrum of learning more wide. Project work and field visit/study tour, visit to research institutes, group activity, etc form an integral part of the academic schedule. As part of the curriculum, UG students are also expected to receive a hands-on training in an area of their choice and thus to submit a project report for the completion of the course.
A two-year Post-graduate programme comprising of four semesters is offered with Environmental Science as the specialization. This programme provide students with the opportunity to study animal life in all its diversity and includes structures, embryology, evolution, classifications, habits and distribution of all animals, both living and extinct. The programme helps to develop deeper understanding of key concepts of Systematics, Taxonomy, Biodiversity, Ecology, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Developmental biology, Physiology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Immunology, Microbiology, Environmental Biology, Environment pollution & Environmental management. The degree enables them to gain specialized knowledge in the area of research and offers job opportunities. The programme emphasizes a mix of modern molecular laboratory expertise, practical field skills & traditional taxonomy. We train our post graduate students to develop animal diversity identification skill, on-field data collection skill, basic data mining skill, presentation skill, observation skill, basic project management skill, basic dissection skill, as well as basic molecular biology lab skill and analytical ability. The postgraduate programme is designed to provide the students with a suitable foundation for careers in teaching, research, conservation of nature and biodiversity etc.
The department became an approved Research Centre of Mahatma Gandhi University in 1994 with five of its faculty members and five from other colleges as approved research guides. So far 20 Ph.D.s have rolled out from the department and currently 17 scholars are pursuing their Ph.D. programmes. Advanced research in the fields such as Arachnology, Neurobiology of Ageing, Ant Taxonomy, Ichthyotaxonomy, Biodiversity and Endocrinology are the thrust areas of research. The Division of Arachnology is the only centre in south India devoted exclusively for the research on spiders and their kin.