Master of Science

Zoology | M.Sc.(Zoo)

The Two Year Masters Programme in Zoology is designed to cater to those minds who would like to delve deeper into the folds of the subject and select a specific area of specialization within these two years. At KJSSC, we offer two specializations: Oceanography and Entomology

Oceanography as the name suggests, is the study of the ocean and all that it holds. With depleting land resources, all attention is now focussed on the Blue depths of the planet to answer our growing needs. From biodiversity to fuels, water to pharmaceuticals, the ocean beds are abundant in all. Hence their study is of prime importance and also the need of the hour. Marine environments all around the world are increasingly vulnerable to climate change and resources extraction. Hence the study will also help conserve this valuable resource. The course is well planned and delivered by staff with research expertise in fish ecology, coral reef ecology, marine pollution, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. It has been designed with industry input, to ensure that the student develops scientific and marine research skills.
Entomology, a relatively new programme, encompasses the study of Insects. Class Insecta is the most diverse of all animal classes, with its members found in every habitat on Planet Earth. The programme is tailored for those interested in biological science with emphasis on insects and other arthropods, including their distribution, behaviour, physiology, reproduction and economic importance. The coursework is more field based and demands keen interest in the outdoor.

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Key Information

Pedagogy

In this Programme, Teaching pedagogy is mostly Flipped Learning. Where for some modules Chalk And Talk works best, some are made interesting with group discussion and seminars. Reading material is shared in advance and in class activity is mostly a discussion . So the pedagogy is-

  • One-to-one interaction
  • Presentation through Power Point slides
  • Display of pictures / photos / short videos. LMS such as Google Classroom and Moodle are being used to be in constant touch with the students off-college hours.
  • Six month of compulsory internship is the USP of this programme.

Career Prospects

After the Master’s Programme, some of the career prospects are as follows:

  • Assistant Professor
  • Forest Officer
  • Ph.D program
  • Aqua culturalist
  • Eco toxicologist
  • Environmental officer
  • Fisheries scientist
  • Marine scientist
  • Natural resource manager
  • Aquaculture
  • Coastal management
  • Ecotourism
  • Taxonomist
  • Fisheries
  • Marine conservation
  • Pollution control

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Programme outcomes

At the end of the Programme student will be able to

  • [ for oceanography] Explain and apply marine biology principles to real life situations.
  • Approach industry scientists and identify research problems in area of interest.
  • Work under an Industry expert to earn internship of 6 months.
  • Document their work methodically and submit a dissertation at the end of the semester.
  • Compile their results and findings into a scientific publication.
  • [ for entomology] develop expertise in insect studies which will be useful in taking up bigger challenges for studying insects with respect to their life history, behavior, ecology and also contribute to the ongoing entomological researches carried across the country.

Curriculum

First Year (Semester- I) (Oceanography and Entomology)

In the first course, the learner is taught about the different animal groups with respect to their taxonomic position and evolutionary significance. Osteology deals with the study of the skeleton, its structure and function across the animal Kingdom.

Course two teaches a topic that is fundamental to zoology, irrespective of the specialization. Biomolecules are the structural and functional molecules of the cell and this course simplifies their role to the learner. Once the student understands the molecules, the course explains how these molecules send messages and signals within cells and between cells.

Course 3 Evolution, Genetics and Developmental biology.This course deals with the theories of evolution, with emphasis on horse, elephant and man. The concept of molecular evolution is also taught.The module on genetics elaborates on non mendelian interactions, maternal inheritance and gene mapping. Developmental Biology explains the process of development of an organism in great detail, how the cells differentiate, specialise, function and eventually age and die.

As laboratory skills and hands on techniques are imperative to deep understanding and research in any subject, this last course is designed to acquaint the learner with the working and principles of instruments like spectrophotometer, chromatography, electrophoresis, microtomy etc. Research Methodology further accentuates the systematic approach required to perform research to the learner.

First Year (Semester- II)

This course introduces the learner to the basics of genome management, gene manipulation techniques,Vaccine and monoclonal antibody production,bioremediation, transgenic animals and human therapies, tissue engineering etc.

This is the first course where the student is actually starting with the subject specialisation, Oceanography. It covers all aspects of the ocean like topography, general properties waves, tides, currents, nutrients and the biodiversity of the ocean.

This course takes an indepth look at planktons, classification, types, adaptation etc. The next module covers the various types of fisheries practiced by man. Module 3 explains the immune system of fish to the learner, various diseases and pathogens that infect fish and vaccines that have been developed. Knowledge of Aquaculture practices and their impact completes this course.

The last course in semester 2 focuses on various microbes found in marine environments, their role in the nutrient cycles of the ocean, including corals and mangrove environment. Pathogens found in water, processed sea food, diseases caused and preventive methods are covered in module three. The last module speaks about the role of microbes in bioremediation of the ocean.

This course is the first step into the study of insects for a student who choses entomology as the specialisation. It speaks about the insect body, division of parts and the outer tough covering found in insects.

In the second course the learner familiarises with the systematic position of Class Insecta in the animal kingdom, with a little bit of history. The types of insects and taxonomic keys of insect identification are also explained in this course.

Course three elaborates on the anatomy of the insect body, which means the study of internal organs and various systems like respiration, circulation and excretion in insects.

This course is a continuation of the anatomical study of the insect body and focuses on the nervous system, sense organs and reproduction in insects. To understand the insect systems better, cockroach is taken up for detailed type study.

Second Year (Semester- III)

In this course the student will learn about some of the well known applications of Biotechnology in the fields of agriculture, medicine,Industry and Environment. Many landmark achievements of biotech such as human genome project and Bt plants are covered in detail here.

This course elaborates on some very important instruments required for oceanographic research and few of the popular oceanic expeditions. The other modules cover marine ecology, impact of pollution on marine environment and some of the resources obtained from the sea.

This course teaches about the various micro flora and fauna found in the oceans, their collection and role in the ecosystem. The second module emphasises on the population dynamics of fish, fish catch, population models and the socio economic aspects of fishery. Further the hormones found in fish and the physiology of fish body is discussed.

This course is very significant as it covers all the major vocation based topics that will help a student of oceanography to secure a career. Aquaculture, transgenic fish, cell line development, marine natural products, probiotics, cryo[reservation, and fish breeding are all latest technologies that are sought for in the Industry.

In the first course of semester 3, the budding entomologist will understand the working of basic insect hormones and how they play a significant role in regulating vital insect functions like molting and metamorphosis.

This course deals with insect habits, habitat, field identification, different collection and preservation methods. The ecology of insect interactions like mimicry, coloration and migration is elucidated here. Finally the course also touches upon basic phylogeny , DNA isolation and sequencing methods.

Here, the learner attempts to understand basic life processes observed in insects, how their body responds to infection, the cells and organs involved in the process etc. In the module on industrial entomology they are taught about industries which use insects to manufacture essential products such as apiculture, sericulture, lac culture etc.

The final course covers certain applied or allied fields of entomology such as forest entomology and forensic entomology which are new and of great intrigue for the student.

Differentiators

M.SC Zoology Programme at KJSSC is unique because it offers

  • Unique Subject Specializations
  • Experts delivering the course
  • Industry Academia Interface
  • Six Month compulsory Internship
  • Learning outside Classroom with frequent excursions and Field trips

Coordinator

Dr. Vikrant Deshmukh
vikrant.deshmukh@somaiya.edu