The Department of Zoology and Aquatic Sciences (ZAS) was established in 2009 in the School of Natural Resources. Our degree programmes emphasises the importance of Zambian wildlife and the challenges involved in conserving it. The Department is known nationally and internationally for its focus on animal biology and ecology for both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

The vision of the department is to be among the leading departments in the university in research, teaching and community service and fostering a good reputation for friendliness by being responsive to societal needs.

Degree Programmes
The Department is currently running three undergraduate programmes:
• BSc Wildlife Management
• BSc Fisheries and Aquaculture and
• BSc Aquatic Resource Science and Management

Additionally, the department is offering one postgraduate programme at three stages:
• MSc/MPhil/PhD Tropical Ecology and Biodiversity Management

All undergraduate degree programmes are only offered on full-time basis at the moment. Postgraduate degree programme is being offered on full-time, part-time and distance learning modes. For admission to a postgraduate programme, a candidate must possess a first degree in related field from a reputable and recognised institution.

Research and Teaching Interests
The department is engaged in teaching and researching in several interrelated areas:
• Animal biology and evolution
• Wildlife Systematics
• Aquatic and Terrestrial ecology
• Conservation Biology
• Population ecology and Population Genetics
• Conservation Biology
• Wildlife Management
• Ethology
• Avian biology and ecology
• Climate Change and Sustainable Development
• Biodiversity Resource Assessment
• Environmental Management
• Socio-ecological Systems and Human Dimension