Academic Policies and General Information
Admissions Requirements and Recommendations by UVM College/School
Each of the University's undergraduate colleges and schools reserves the right to set additional requirements for their majors and to recommend courses of study beyond the minimum presented below.
Minimum Entrance Requirements
At a minimum, candidates for all majors at UVM are expected to have met the following requirements prior to entry:
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of Mathematics (algebra I, geometry, algebra II, or equivalent courses)
- 3 years of social science
- 2 years of natural or physical science, including a lab science
- 2 years of the same foreign language; (American Sign Language meets this requirement.)
Course work not completed at the high school level may be fulfilled by equivalent college-level academic work.
In general, one semester of college work is considered the equivalent of one year of high school study.Any exceptions to these requirements are made on a case-by-case basis.
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Required courses: One year of biology and one year of chemistry for science majors.
Recommended: Candidates are strongly encouraged to take one year of physics and at least one year of math beyond Algebra II (Calculus is preferred).
College of Arts & Sciences
Recommended: Course work across the span of liberal arts disciplines; four years of math, including trigonometry; foreign language study all four years of high school.
School of Business Administration
Required: Four years of mathematics with high achievement, including at least one year beyond Algebra II, trigonometry, pre-calculus or calculus are preferred.
Recommended: Additional science work.
College of Education & Social Services
Recommended: One year of biology for Human Development and Family Studies and Social Work majors.
Math and science course work beyond the minimum for teacher education majors.
College of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences
Required: Four years of mathematics, including trigonometry or pre-calculus. One year of chemistry and one year of physics for all engineering majors. All other majors: two years of a laboratory-based science.
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Required: One year of biology.
Recommended: Fourth year of college preparatory math and additional science.
Required: Admission to one of the seven undergraduate schools, and colleges at UVM.
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Required courses: One year of biology and one year of chemistry for all majors; four years of math, including trigonometry, for all majors outside of nursing; one year of physics for athletic training majors.
Recommended: Additional science course beyond chemistry and biology in the senior year of high school for all majors in the college.