Zoology, Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Program Description

The Graduate Field of Zoology & Wildlife Conservation (ZWC) integrates two broad fields of biology: animal biology and conservation biology. Opportunities exist for study and research in comparative and functional anatomy, developmental biology, and comparative and experimental embryology. The survival of threatened and endangered species requires innovative and integrative ideas and approaches to wildlife conservation, and our faculty are those innovators – conservation studies focus on individual animals, species, and ecosystems.As a member of the Biomedical and Biological Sciences Graduate Program (BBS), ZWC is part of a vibrant graduate community in the Veterinary College.

Field of Zoology & Wildlife Conservation students also have an opportunity for collaboration with Conservation Biology Institute of the Smithsonian Institute (SCBI) through the Joint Graduate Training Program (JGTP) between Cornell University and SCBI. Please see JGTP document for more information.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 253-3276

S3-009 Schurman Hall, Box 38
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • animal cytology
  • comparative and functional anatomy
  • developmental biology
  • ecology
  • histology
  • wildlife conservation


2017-2018: $20,800

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Dec. 1

Requirements Summary:

The field accepts qualified students interested in a broad, interdisciplinary program leading to the Ph.D. degree. All applicants should have the equivalent of an undergraduate major in biology, with some foundation in the particular phase of zoology and wildlife conservation they desire to pursue.

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • two recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • resume/CV required for current DVMs seeking Ph.D. admission



Zoology & Wlidlife Conservation is one of five graduate fields associated with the Biological & Biomedical Sciences (BBS) Graduate Program. As an umbrella program, the BBS fosters an atmosphere of collaboration, focusing on the interface between scientific research and clinical practice as well as a commitment to animal and human health. The Graduate Fields associated with the BBS Program share a set of values and expectations in the training of PhD students. Our goal is to maximize the effectiveness of the Fields while maintaining their unique identities and structures. The following graduate fields are members of the BBS Graduate Program:

  • Comparative Biomedical Science
  • Immunology & Infectious Disease
  • Molecular & Integrative Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Zoology & Wildlife Conservation

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