Zoology or conservation biology/ecology at uni

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    I am applying to uni this year and have always been interested in studying animals. I have done research but am still unsure as to whether I should apply for zoology or conservation biology/ecology. If anyone studying these courses could explain the differences or pros and cons it would be greatly appreciated, thank you

    Zoology is more general so it's better to pick that and then explore your interests. Go through both course structures and work out which one interests you more.

    Hi! Ecology gives you a chance to explore various conservation issues, etc and environmental management. Zoology is more generic as you do a mix of biology and anatomy modules. I do Ecology and Wildlife Conservation and was able to do the zoology modules I wanted but was able to avoid the biochemistry/cellular modules. I remember all the Zoology students had to a maths module if they hadn't done it at A-Level or something. I avoided this! I still had to do a module on Stats, but we all had to. Honestly, if you're passionate about conserving species, etc then seriously consider Ecology. Whilst there is overlap in both courses, Ecology gets less applications and as a result the course has fewer students so you get to know everyone well. My course has about 20 people - the Zoology course has over 100. Basically I felt like my course is more flexible as I get to do the ecology modules the zoologists don't get to do and I avoid the boring biology modules. Both are fairly general courses though. However if you're unsure you should apply to a uni that offers both courses so you can change course with ease.
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