UWZM Instruction

Museum Courses

Zoology 405: Introduction to Museum Studies in the Natural Sciences
Fall Semester. This 2 or 3 credit course provides students with a general background of natural history museums, including history, collections, field collecting, specimen preparation, ethics, laws and education.  It introduces students to a variety of natural science, humanities (as they apply to natural science) and library collections located at or near the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Zoology 699: Directed Study in Zoology
Please contact the Museum if you are interested in participating in a directed study. You must receive permission prior to enrolling in Zoology 699 courses.

Introduction to Museum Techniques I and II
Fall, spring and summer semesters. This course offers students an opportunity to learn the methods and practical applications of museum work. Students gain hands-on experience in the following areas: museum administration (museum security, accessions, loans and collection management); preparation of museum specimens (preparing specimens as skins, skeletons, in fluid and management of the dermestid colony); and final preparation and storage of specimens (cleaning skeletons, labeling, boxing, cataloging and specimen storage); modern studies of material conservation are reviewed.

Archaeology Faunal Analysis
Fall, spring and summer semesters. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the principles and techniques for identifying and interpreting animal bones found at archaeological sites. By using the comparative osteological collections, students learn to 1) identify and classify faunal remains; 2) use quantitative techniques for recognizing assemblage-level patterns in bone data; and 3) achieve an understanding of how archaeologists translate such patterned evidence into reconstructions of past human behavior.

Museum Research
Fall, spring and summer semesters. This course offers students the opportunity to carry out independent research projects and report their findings, using various comparative museum collections. Some common topics include skeletal pathology, anatomical variation, and zoogeography. Students work one-on-one with a museum curator to complete this course.

Other Courses

Noland 443 skeleton lab Biocore 382: Evolution, Ecology, & Genetics

Psychology 450:  Animal Behavior-Primates

Wildlife 301: Terrestrial Vertebrates

Zoology 102:  Animal Biology Laboratory

Zoology 400: Tropical Herpetology

Zoology 430:  Comparative Anatomy

Zoology 510: Ecology of Fishes

Zoology 521: Birds of Southern Wisconsin