The Department of Zoology was established in 1927 offering B.Sc Zoology under Madras University. The programme was affiliated to the newly formed University of Travancore in 1938, renamed as University of Kerala in 1957. The postgraduate programme M.Sc. Zoology was started in 1965. Mahatma Gandhi University was established in 1983 and the programmes of the department got affiliated to the new university. Department of Zoology was recognized as an approved research center of Mahatma Gandhi University in 1986 offering research programmes (Ph.D) in Zoology. To cater to the growing demands and job opportunities, the Department introduced a new programme, UGC sponsored B.Sc.Industrial Microbiology and Zoology in 2002. From 2007-08 onwards this programme is being offered under self-financing stream. Two postgraduate programmes were also introduced in self-financing streams; M.Sc Biochemistry in 2005 and M.Sc Microbiology in 2013. The Department is presently recognized by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India under the FIST program.
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