Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
BMZA 270
Course Title:
Zoological Professional Development Seminar
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Course Description

Provides advanced exploration and discussion of career options, pathways, and skills that are needed for identification and procurement of entry level positions, higher education, and training opportunities in the animal care field. Includes refinement of job search, resume writing and interview skills, and development of final portfolio projects. Department permission required. Corequisites: BMZA 280B. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, student should be able to:

  • Make informed decisions about career options and education/training requirements for employment and advancement in the animal care field. 
  • Communicate effectively with peers and potential employers in the animal care field using available methods, including, but not limited to, letters, email, and professional networking 
  • Research, apply and interview for employment in the animal care field. 
  • Professionally discuss workplace experiences and produce workplace project portfolios. 

Course Activities and Design

Seminar, group discussion and online activities

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Class attendance and participation
  • Weekly assignments
  • Online discussions
  • Final project

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Issues, & Concepts

  • Resume, cover letter and interviewing review and practice.
  • Alternate career paths including:
    • Education
    • USFWS
    • HSUS
    • Rehab work
    • Captive Propagation
    • Conservation
  • Interviewing from a curatorial point of view 
  • Interviewing advice from a keeper


  • Professional resume and cover letter development
  • Professional attitude
  • Personal growth