Academic Considerations

 

Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to accepting a position into the Exotic Animal Training and Management (EATM) Program. These courses will help prepare you for the rigorous curriculum in the EATM program. Typically, about 40% of the students in the program have Associate Degrees, and 25% of the students who start our program already have a Bachelor's Degree. The age range of the students may vary from 18 - 50+. Students who have recently graduated from high school, or those without an adequate academic preparation, may find the course work load & other time demands very difficult. Check out the demands of the Program to learn more.

 

Five Prerequisite Courses 

  1. General or Introductory Biology or Zoology course with a lab  - 4 or more semester units or 5 or more quarter units
  2. Freshman College English Composition - must be 3 or more semester units or 4 or more quarter units
  3. Public Speaking Course (Speech or Communication class or Acting class) - must be 3 or more semester units or 4 or more quarter units
  4. Intermediate Algebra Math course (or higher)  - must be 3 or more semester units or 4 or more quarter units
  5. Safety and/or  First Aid Course by accredited organization
    *If you desire to complete the program and obtain an Associated Science degree, this must be completed or retaken for college credits. See below for clarification 

 

The unit values may differ at various colleges, check with a Counselor if you have questions or see equivalence charts below.

 

All Prerequisite Courses Must:
 
Be completed before you accept a position in the Exotic Animal Training and Management - you may only have 2 prerequisite courses in progress at the time of applying. In progress courses must be completed by June. 

 Be completed at an Accredited College - They do not have to be completed at Moorpark College, yet need to appear on a College Transcript.

 Be completed with a grade "C"  or better.

See Below For Moorpark College Courses & Other Equivalents.

 

Upon completion of the curriculum within the Exotic Animal Training & Management Program a Certification of Achievement is awarded.

If classes needed to complete other General Education requirements for an Associates Degree have previously been completed either individually or as part of another Associates or Bachelor's Degree at an Accredited College it will then earn the student an Associate of Science Degree from Moorpark College. 

If you do not have other College General Education Classes completed. It is strongly recommended to complete these additional recommended classes before starting the program. Taking them while in the program may prove difficult with the already heavy course and work load. 

See below for Other Recommended College Courses needed to complete an Associate of Science Degree at Moorpark College. 

 

Prerequisites at Moorpark College & Other Equivalents

 
Prerequisite  Moorpark College Course  Other Equivalents 
General or Introductory Biology or Zoology course with a lab

BIOL M01  or

ZOO M01

IGETC Area 5B & 5C

CSU GE Area B2 & B3

Freshman College English Composition ENGL M01A

IGETC Area 1A

CSU GE Area A2

Public Speaking course (Speech, Communication or Acting class)

COMM M01  or

THA M02A

IGETC Area 1C  

CSU GE Area A1

Intermediate Algebra Math course (or higher)   MATH M03 or higher

IGETC Area 2

CSU GE Area B4

Safety and/or  First Aid Course HE M05 -

Other Recommended College Courses

These courses are great to have and will finish the General Education requirements toward an Associate of Science Degree at Moorpark College are: 

Course Title Other Equivalents 

Physical Science Course - 3 or more semester units

Intro Chemistry is recommended

IGETC Area 5A 

CSU GE Area B1

United States History or U.S. Government Course - 3 or more semester units

IGETC or CSU GE US-1, US-2,  or US-3 

 

Fine Arts type Course i.e Art History, Music History, Film Appreciation) - 3 or more semester units  

IGETC Area 3A

CSU GE Area C1

Humanities type Course i.e Philosophy, Foreign Language - 3 or more semester units

IGETC Area 3B

CSU GE Area C2

Physical Education or Dance Course -  1 or more semester units -