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These resources provide information about educational programs that may help prepare students for a career in the zoo and aquarium field, including programs of studies at various universities and colleges and scholarship opportunities.

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The Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA) is a non-profit organization composed of marine aquarium clubs, individual hobbyists, and industry partners from North America and abroad, totaling several thousand individuals. MASNA offers a scholarship in May of approximately $7,000 to undergraduate and graduate students who are seeking a degree in the marine science field and are active in the marine aquarium hobby. Visit their website for more information.



The University of Arizona School of Natural Resources & the Environment features several related undergraduate and graduate degrees, but most notably has an Undergraduate Certificate in Zoo and Aquarium Conservation that can be completed in one summer. Subjects covered include the history of zoos, legislation, animal welfare, ex situ breeding, zoo education, and habitat enhancement. The course is taught by Stuart Wells. For more information, visit their website or learn more about the certificate.


Eckerd College has a School of Animal Studies that offers both a major and a minor for undergraduate students. The programs are interdisciplinary and teach students quantitative, critical thinking, communication and research skills. Eckerd has several labs, including a Dog Cognition Lab, where students can gain experience. The major also requires a practicum which can be completed through their connections with zoos, aquariums, and other animal facilities in the area. For more information, visit their website.