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

 
 
Semester I (Oceanography and Entomology) Semester II
Phylogeny and Osteology Oceanography Course I General Biotechnology
Biomolecules and Cell Signalling Oceanography Course II General, Physical, Chemical and biological oceanography
Evolution, Genetics and Developmental biology Oceanography Course III Planktonology, Fishery Science, Fish Immunology and aquaculture Practices
Instrumentation and Research Methodology Oceanography Course IV Microbial Oceanography
  Entomology Course I Insect body and Integument
  Entomology Course I Taxonomy and Insect diversity
  Entomology Course I Insect Anatomy
  Entomology Course I Insect Anatomy and Type animal
Semester III Semester IV
Oceanography Course I Applied Biotechnology Six months Dissertation in National / State institute or reputed industry
Oceanography Course II Oceanographic instrumentation, Marine Ecology, Marine resources and Pollution
Oceanography Course III Marine micro flora, Fauna and Biodeterioration, Fish Population and Economics, Fish life processes
Oceanography Course IV Marine Biotechnology
Entomology Course I Insect Endocrinology and Genetics
Entomology Course II Field Entomology, Ecology and Phylogeny
Entomology Course III Insect physiology, immunology, interactions and industrial entomology
Entomology Course IV Applied Entomology

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