Introduction

Department of Zoology and Aquatic Sciences is one of the three departments under School of Natural Resources of the Copperbelt University. It is located within the grounds of the School of Natural resources at Copperbelt University, in Kitwe, Zambia. Started in 2009, the department is relatively new, yet expanding rapidly. In line with the University strategic plan (2013-2018), the department will run more programmes in response to societal needs within Zambia, sub-region and internationally at a large. It has strong course curricula that lay the basis for well-equipped graduates. The course curricula prepare the students to discharge their knowledge and services in diverse and dynamic environments in the wildlife and fisheries industries, and other related environments for socio-economic development.

Career Prospects

There are excellent employment opportunities in the broad area of biodiversity management and graduates from programmes offered in our department may work in such organisations as conservation and national government agencies for environment, agriculture, wildlife, forestry, tourism, local government, lands and disaster management. Others may work as University lecturers (postgraduates), join international organisations (e.g. African Parks, WWF, UNDP, UNEP, USAID, AWF, IUCN, and Nature Conservancy) or become employers by opening their own enterprises such as community and private game ranches, fish farms, consultancies, etc. Graduates from the taught MSc programme will enjoy a broad based modular course that will teach both the practical and theoretical aspects of biodiversity and conservation. Successful students will therefore develop the skills and experience required to enable progression onto PhD studies in a wide-range of biological, environmental and conservation related subjects either at CBU or abroad.