Currently, the Department of Zoology and Aquatic Sciences (ZAS) runs two, 4-year undergraduate degree programmes, namely (1) BSc Wildlife Management and (2) BSc Fisheries and Aquaculture. The department is constantly redesigning the contents of these programmes to meet emerging needs in the fisheries and Wildlife sectors. In addition, the department is in the process of expanding by introducing new programmes, namely B.Sc. Fisheries Management, and B.Sc.
Aquaculture which have since been submitted to senate for approval. Besides, the department has started developing new programmes in such areas Behavioural ecology as well as Tourism and conservation. The training activities at undergraduate level are highly backed by a series of practicals and this is key to enhancing the capacity of our students. Practicals range from training-driven laboratory experiments to field trips of such areas as game and fisheries reserves as well as aquacultural facilities within and outside the Copperbelt province. During such field trips, students enjoy the opportunity of not only having real time experience, but also interacting with experts in their respective fields of study.
The department has developed a postgraduate programme in Tropical Ecology and Biodiversity Management, which has since been submitted to senate for approval. Once approved, this will be a unique programme aimed at qualifying graduates to deal with the huge challenges facing present-day biodiversity managers in tropical regions, with huge emphasis on Sub-Sahara Africa. It is the first programme of its kind in Zambia and will seek to integrate scientific with some socio-economic principles for the purpose of establishing a wide understanding of complex conservation issues and designing effective intervention measures to conserve biodiversity. The teaching staff is actively involved in research and the students will benefit from our many connections within and outside the African continent.
This blend of expertise will ensure that our programmes deliver the skills and knowledge that are essential components of managing biological diversity for the benefit of both present and future generations. The postgraduate programme will be available at three stages, namely a taught MSc, MPhil and PhD. Training will be available on full-time, part-time or by distance. While the MPhil and PhD will be characterised by largely undertaking field based research, the taught MSc will cover a range of topics, from quantitative biology and ecological sampling techniques to such key areas climate change and biodiversity, biodiversity and poverty alleviation and invasion ecology. At either level, the programme will allow students to undertake an independent, yet original, high quality research, which culminates in the submission of a thesis and publication of results in peer reviewed journals. The are further in the process of developing new programs in such key areas as Natural Resource Governance and Economics, Tourism, Conservation planning and Conservation biology.