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Posted by brookepi on November 10, 2002 at 19:09:42:
In Reply to: What are some good colleges to go to for herpetology?? posted by BraydonB on October 29, 2002 at 14:15:03:
For your undergraduate career you are going to want to concentrate on learning the basic sciences...chemistry, biology, biochemistry, bacteriology...etc. Once you have mastered these skills, you can go on to do research or get a masters in herpatology. So i have two suggestions for you.
1. In the mean time, get as much herp experience as possible. Look into schools near zoos or retile rehabilitation centers. You might even be able to do internships for credit if you work it right.
2. Go to a school with a very strong science program. I know it doesn't seem important now but trust me you really need to have those basics down pat before you can go on learning about diseases, nutrition, proper habitats, behavior etc. I went to the University of WI-Madison and did a double major in Genetics and Bacteriology. And now those courses are really helping me in vet school. Wisconsin is the #1 research university in the country...and it is very easy to get into research as an undergrad. They also are rated in the top 10 for the majority of their science programs.