The Vertebrate Zoology track is tailored specifically for those ECCB students with a deep interest in vertebrates, their diversity, ecology, and conservation. This track capitalizes on the collective experience of ECCB faculty in the areas of vertebrate ecology, evolution, genetics, anatomy, physiology, and behavior to provide a comprehensive understanding of vertebrate biology and ecology that will prepare students for professional studies, as well as careers within government and non-government agencies associated with the conservation and management of vertebrates. In addition to core courses in ecology and conservation, ECCB students enrolled in this track complete coursework in vertebrate ecology, diversity, and evolution, and enroll in other national or international field courses that focus on vertebrates, including their collection and identification. This is a flexible track, which permits the inclusion of courses specifically required by graduate programs as well as schools of veterinary medicine. Students on this track may also use free electives to personalize or broaden their experience or to tailor their curriculum to meet certification requirements for vertebrate-focused professional societies (e.g., American Fisheries Society or The Wildlife Society).