The department of Zoology was started in this college in the year 1952. Earst while the Government College, Madikeri was affiliated to the University of Mysore and the department of Zoology was housed in the main building. Later it was shifted to separate science block in the year 1965. Since then many efficient teachers have served in the department in different capacities as professors, Readers and Lecturers.
Since Mangalore University has introduced Credit based Semester course at undergraduate level, the syllabus of optional Zoology has been revised as per the directions of the university. The syllabus gives more emphasis on the Zoo diversity of local fauna, their ecology and distribution. A synthetic approach was adopted in order to integrate information of several subdivisions of Zoology. In view to give more emphasis on the Zoo diversity of local fauna, their ecology and distribution, students are instructed and guided to work on small projects.