Branches of Zoology

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By definition, zoology is the branch of biology dealing with animals and the animal kingdom.  Since it is such a large branch of biology, there are many branches of zoology.  Below is a list of the most common branches of zoology.

General Branches

Anatomy The study of the internal structure of animals
Cytology The study of cell structure, its organelles, and their functions
Ecology The relationship between the organisms and their surrounding environments
Embryology The study of the development of eggs after fertilization
Evolution The study of the origin of animals and their adaptation to their environments over time
Genetics The study of heredity and its variations
Geology The study of the earth and life as recorded by fossils in rocks
Histology The study of the structure and functions of tissues
Morphology The study of the form and structure of animals
Neonatology The study of new born animals to the age of two months
Paleontology The study of fossils and extinct animals
Physiology The study of the functions and various organs in animals
Taxonomy The study of the classification and the naming of organisms
Zoogeography The study of the distribution of animals all over the world

Applied Branches

Apiculture The rearing of honey bees
Aquaculture The breeding of aquatic animals
Dairy Science The study of breeding and rearing of milk yielding cattle
Genetic Engineering The study of artificial synthesis of new genes and subsequent alteration of the genome of an organism
Pisciculture The culturing and rearing of fish
Poultry The breeding and rearing of chicks
Sericulture Raising silk worms for production of raw silk
Veterinary Science The study of breeding, rearing, and treatment of diseases in animals

Phylum Specific Branches

Acarology The study of tics and mites
Anthropology The study of apes (and man)
Carcinology The study of crustaceans
Conchology The study of mulluscan shells
Entomology The study of insects
Helminthology The study of parasitic worms
Herpetology The study of reptiles
Ichthyology The study of fish
Lepidopterology The study of butter flies and moths
Malacology The study of mollusks
Mammalogy The study of mammals
Myrmecology The study of ants
Nematology The study of nematodes
Ophiology The study of snakes
Ornithology The study of birds
Protozoology The study of unicellular organisms

Organ Related Branches

Angiology The study of blood vessels
Arthrology The study of joints
Cardiology The study of the heart
Chondrology The study of cartilage
Craniology The study of skulls
Dermatology The study of skin
Endocrinology The study of endocrine glands
Haematology The study of blood
Hepatology The study of the liver
Kinesiology The study of the movement of muscles
Myology The study of muscles
Nephrology The study of kidneys
Neurology The study of the nervous system
Odontology The study of teeth and gums
Ophthalmology The study of eyes
Organology The study of organs
Osteology The study of bones
Otology The study of ears
Rhinology The study of noses
Splanchnology The study of visceral organs
Syndesmology The study of bony joints and ligaments
Trichology The study of hair
Urology The study of excretory organs

Health and Disease Related Branches

Actinobiology The study of the effects of radiation on organisms
Bacteriology The study of bacteria
Carcinology The study of malignant tumors and cancer
Cryobiology The study of the effects of low temperatures on organisms
Ethology The study of animal behavior
Etiology The study of the cause of disease
Gerontology The scientific study of aging
Immunology The study of immunity to disease
Oncology The study of tumors
Oology The study of eggs
Pathology The study of disease
Pharmacology The study of synthesis and effects of medicine on organisms
Phenology The study of the effect of seasonal changes on animals
Phrenology The study of the mental faculties of the brain
Teratology The study of abnormal growth of embryo or fetal malformations
Toxicology The study of poisons and narcotics in animals
Traumatology The study of wounds
Virology The study of viruses