The Department of Zoology was established in 1956. Since then, the Department has made remarkable strides always ensuring that the curriculum incorporated the most recent trends in various areas of animal biology. The Department was a pioneer in introducing the use of simulators as an alternative to dissection, and inculcated a value for all living things amongst students.

In 2005, the nomenclature of the programme offered by the Department was changed to Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology.

The Department organises national level workshops for students and faculty, as well as guest lectures by visiting scholars both from India and abroad in order to keep abreast of current trends in the life sciences. Seminars at various levels provide a forum for scientific exchange, and students are encouraged to make seminar presentations and discuss case studies in the classroom.

In addition to two well-equipped labs, the Department has a collection of zoological specimens belonging to different groups, a library with over 900 books, a genetics laboratory, computer and internet facilities, science software, movies and documentaries relating to conservation of fauna and environmental issues.

Field trips and laboratory/industrial visits are an essential part of the Zoology curriculum and ensure that learning is not confined to the classroom. The Department also organises nature walks and turtle walks to sensitise the students to the value of existing biodiversity and the need for wildlife conservation.

The Dr. Meera Paul and Dr. Hannah John Endowment Lecture is an annual event organised by the Department. SYNAPSE, the annual inter-collegiate Zoofest and the EXZOOBITION provide a platform for fun-filled learning for the students.

B. Sc. Branch VI (A) - Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology

Major Core Courses

  • Invertebrata
  • Economic Zoology
  • Invertebrata and Economic Zoology - Practicals
  • Chordata
  • Chordata - Practicals
  • Vertebrate Physiology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Physiology & Developmental Biology - Practicals
  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology - Practicals
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biotechnology - Practical
  • Genetics
  • Fundamentals of Biotechnology
  • Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology and Biotechnology - Practicals
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Immunology
  • Animal Behaviour, Ecology and Immunology - Practicals

Allied Core Courses

  • General Botany - I & II
  • General Botany - I & II Practicals
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry - I & II
  • Biochemistry - I & II Practicals

Major Elective Courses

  • Conservation Biology / Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Environmental Biotechnology / Project

Allied Elective Courses

  • Applied Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Nanoscience
  • Bioinstrumentation

Independent Study Courses

  • Fundamentals of Food Science
  • Introduction to Wildlife Biology

The Department offers the following General Elective courses to students of other departments:

  • Diseases and Management
  • Concepts in Animal Welfare
  • Genes - Diseases - Society
  • Nutrition and Diet Therapy
  • Applied Zoology
  • Biology of Human Reproduction

Certificate Course

  • Animal Cell Culture Techniques