JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Miami University are teaming up with a new master's degree program.

The Florida Times-Union reports the program will offer degrees in teaching biological sciences or biology which combines Miami University coursework with field study on the zoo's grounds and in the Jacksonville area.

The courses will be taught by instructors at the Oxford, Ohio, university with experiential learning led by zoo experts.

Students will be exposed to the zoo's sustainability and conservation programs. They will work with researchers and on field projects while engaging with local conservation and sustainability organizations.

The zoo will be the first institution in the southeastern United States partnering with Miami's Advanced Inquiry Program. The program links premier zoos, gardens and community learning institutions.

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