Program Admission

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Fall 2014 - Extended application period

Admission for 2013 is currently filled; the next entry point for this program will be Fall 2014.

Applications for second-round provisional admission are now being accepted until June 1, 2014 for students who will have all prerequisite coursework completed prior to Fall term.  

Thank you for your interest in the PCC Biology and Management of Zoo Animals program. The advising guide and application packet contains the information and forms you will need to complete the application for admission to the program.  We begin a new cycle of classes in September of each year.

Please review all of the information in the advising guide and application packet and on this website, and if you have any further questions, please attend a Prospective Student Information Session.

Program Eligibility

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All applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for program application and selection:

  1. Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  2. Complete the prerequisites listed in the Biology and Management of Zoo Animals Program Advising Guide before the application deadline.

New Prerequisites

Please note that the Chemistry and Biology prerequisites have changed and are not reflected in the 2013-2014 catalog.
Completion of CH 151 (Preparatory Chemistry) OR Chemistry 104 (Allied Health Chemistry I) OR an equivalent General Chemistry course with a laboratory, with a grade of “C” or higher, are now required prerequisites for all students applying for BMZA admission for fall 2014. However, students who completed Chemistry 100 at PCC prior to fall 2013 have met the above Chemistry prerequisite requirement. Completion of BI 112 (Cell Biology for Health Occupations) OR BI 211 AND 212 (Principles of Biology) OR Equivalent Biology Majors Coursework (with molecular, cellular, and genetics components and labs), with a grade of "C" or higher is the updated biology prerequisite for BMZA application.

Experience Requirement

In addition to course prerequisites, applicants are required to research the zoo profession and gain a minimum of 20 hours of animal husbandry experience by volunteering or working in the animal care industry to gain knowledge of professional duties and responsibilities. Suggested venues include zoos, aquariums, wildlife sanctuaries, kennels and animal shelters, farms, 4-H, and stables, or animal laboratories and research facilities. Additional experience beyond the minimum will be a factor in the selection process.

Criminal Background Check

Applicants must be advised that if selected into the Biology and Management of Zoo Animals Program, they must successfully pass a criminal background check. Metro will not allow any student to participate in cooperative education at the Oregon Zoo without successful completion of the criminal background check. More information concerning this process will be made available through the program's office, Building 7 Room 202, Rock Creek campus.


Applications for the 2014-2016 Biology and Management of Zoo Animals program can be submitted between January 13, 2014 and April 15, 2014 . Please note that we will not accept any applications submitted before January 13. All application materials must be postmarked or received by the BAMZA office by 5pm on April 15, 2014. Late application materials and/or applications and materials postmarked after April 15 will not be accepted.

For the 2014-2016 PCC Biology and Management of Zoo Animals Program application, first-time applicants to the program must submit official, sealed transcripts (other than PCC transcripts) with their program application to the BAMZA Office, even if previously submitted to PCC. Transcripts submitted to the BAMZA Office separate from the application will not be accepted. Application materials submitted or postmarked after April 15, 2014 at 5pm will not be considered and will render your application ineligible. Other PCC departments, including Student Records, will not be able accept BAMZA application transcripts. Students only need to submit transcripts from institutions where a prerequisite course, previous degree, or other coursework pertaining to the application, was completed.

When applying, please submit the following items:

  • PCC admissions application directly to the PCC admissions office
  • Biology and Management of Zoo Animals application form
  • Official, sealed college transcripts (other than PCC)
    • Transcripts are subject to review for transferability
    • Please review the transcript policy above
  • One page, single spaced, typed essay responses to the supplemental essay questions
  • Letter of recommendation from an animal care manager (optional)

Submit to:

BAMZA Admissions – RC 7/202
Portland Community College
17705 NW Springville Road
Portland, OR 97229

Important Notice for all Potential BAMZA Applicants

After initial review of science prerequisite grades, overall GPA, and animal husbandry experience, the top students will be invited to the interview portion of the selection process.

Students selected to interview will be notified and have a date and time set up for their interview (special arrangements are made for conference calls for out-of-state applicants) in May, 2014. Final selection takes place by the end of May and admission status letters are mailed by the first week of June.

If you have questions regarding the selection process, please download a copy of the Advising Guide or attend a Prospective Student Information Session.