Overview (degree structure)
The Zoology B.A. (Mod.) in TCD is a four year degree, with entry through the Science (TR071) degree. Places in TR071 are allocated by the CAO on the basis of Leaving Certificate points (475 points for 2011) and there is an equivalent conversion for A-levels and other qualifications - contact the Admissions Office for an up-to-date scale.
In the first two (Freshman) years the student takes Biology (Mandatory) with a choice from Chemistry, Maths, Physics and Geology/Geography (note that some elements of these are likewise mandatory, and the full range of choices is set out in the College Calendar). The Biology courses are accessible to those without a specific biological background (although obviously preferable) and give a grounding in basic zoological principles from evolution to ecosystems.
In the Junior Sophister (JS, 3rd) year, the students have a mixture of mandatory and optional specialisations which build on the Biology foundations in the Freshman years, with a further focussing in the Senior Sophister (SS, 4th) year through a choice of small-group Tutorials and the Project and Thesis. These choices allow the student to select their desired balance of courses for a general zoology degree. Throughout both Sophister years there is a strong emphasis on 'hands-on' aspects, with a high laboratory component and a choice of residential and local field trips, supported by a dedicated team of technical and support staff. A list of the JS and SS courses with short course descriptions is available as pdf, as are some selected titles from recent project Theses.
The Zoology staff also teach on the post-graduate taught MSc courses offered by the School of Natural Sciences in Environmental Science and Conservation and Sustainability.
Student 2 Student
From the moment you arrive in College right the way through to your end of year exams Student 2 Student (S2S) is here to make sure your first year is fun, engaging and a great foundation for the rest of your time in Trinity. You’ll meet your two S2S mentors in Freshers’ Week and they’ll make sure you know other people in your course before your classes even start. They’ll keep in regular touch with you throughout your first year and invite you to events on and off campus. They’ll also give you useful information about your course and what to look out for. Mentors are students who have been through first year and know exactly what it feels like, so you never have to worry about asking them a question or talking to them about anything that’s worrying you.
S2S also offers trained Peer Supporters if you want to talk confidentially to another student or just to meet a friendly face for a coffee and a chat.
S2S is supported by the Senior Tutor's Office and the Student Counselling Service.
Phone: + 353 1 896 2438