Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree, AAS, Certificate, CER
Pathway: Science, Engineering and Math
More Options: Classroom Based
Program Length: 4 Semesters
Location: Centennial, Other Off-Campus Location
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Teaches the basics of classical and operant conditioning and the real-world application of shaping animal behavior in a captive setting. Provides the information and tools on how to develop and implement training programs and condition behavior. Concentrates on the utilization of positive reinforcement techniques and troubleshoots training challenges. Explores advances in the use of training during public demonstrations.
Introduces concepts relating to the conservation of the natural world. This course examines biodiversity and the relationships between animals and their environment. This course explores the environmental, political, economic, and sociological issues relating to the loss of biodiversity on the planet as well as efforts in place to be implemented by zoos and conservation organizations to counter those effects.
Covers zoonotic preventative medicine and veterinary zookeeping concepts and techniques. Supplies a working knowledge of a keeper’s role in exotic animal care and medicine, including the importance of nutrition. This course introduces common diseases and parasites that affect a variety of exotic animals as well as how to treat and prevent those illnesses.
Provides hands-on work experience at an approved animal care facility. Introduces the student to animal care standards as required by the USDA and AWA. Student will become competent in the care of the animals studied within each internship. Requires a 2.8 GPA.
Focuses on the phylogenetic study of animals. Includes an introduction to the invertebrates and a concentrated study of the diverse vertebrate forms. Laboratory experiences parallel lecture topics.view in catalog
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Upon completion of the Zoo Keeping Technology degree program, students should be able to:
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