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Posted by Philip Bergmann on December 31, 1999 at 17:11:41:
In Reply to: another herp career Q posted by TYESS on December 27, 1999 at 18:56:56:
Classes that should be taken depends on which scool you go to - programs differ between schoolboards, and universities. From my experience (in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) take all the sciences (biol, chem, and physics). Also take, not just general math, but also calculus if you can. That's in high school. Then in university, you'll probably have to take general biology which will include all the sciences including math in the first year. Then as you go through the degree you can specialise more. You'd be most interested (I'm assuming) in ecology and/or zoology specialisations. I don't know if there are any universities in which an undergrad can specialise in Herpetology (to narrow a field). After that you may choose to get a job or continue with a master's and maybe a Ph.D. I'd suggest going on with the eductaion. If you want to be a "professional" herpetologist, then you certainly should go to university. You should also talk to a guidance councilor (sp?) at school, and someone at a prospective university as well. They will be able to give advice that is more specific to the schools you will be going to.
: If I wanted to major in herpetology, what classes would I have to take in high school? And what classes in college? Do I need to go to college or university to become a herpetologist?