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When I Grow Up, I Want to...

Be a Herpetologist!

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Dear EEK,

I want to be a herpetologist (the scientific study of reptiles and amphibians) when I grow up. I love amphibians, reptiles, being outdoors, and visiting the zoo. I would really like to know where some good colleges are for this kind of job. I reeeeeeeeeeeeally want to be a herpetologist, but I don't want to go far away for college. Please put some information on EEK! so I can find out a little more about herpetologists. Thank you!

Amanda

Dear Amanda,

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There are a few schools where you can take a herpetology class and others where you can get a master in some area of "herp" research, but I don't know any schools that offer a herpetology undergraduate degree. Check out this list of universities around the country. You can also read this letter from Kristi. She studied herpetology in college and has a few tips for you.

  • University of Virginia
  • University of SW Louisiana
  • University of Georgia
  • University of East Carolina
  • University of Florida
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Kansas- an excellent program
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Texas
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Michigan State University

Thanks for asking EEK about your interest in herpetology, the scientific study of reptiles and amphibians. Here are some links to some of our stories on amphibians and reptiles:

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