University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Biology

Preparing for Careers in Biology, Zoology, and Environmental Science

Our Graduates are Successful in a Wide Variety of Science Careers

The Biology Department has a strong reputation among medical schools, dental schools, veterinary medical schools, and private industry. Our seniors, by graduation day, typically have several offers of professional positions or admission to postgraduate education.

A Major in the Biology Department Prepares you for Many Career Tracks

Our majors are among the most general courses of study in the university. To complete a major in Biology, Zoology, or Environmental Science, students take courses in humanities, the physical sciences, mathematics and every specialty in life science. This broad background prepares our majors for a great range of careers. What can you do with a Biology, Zoology, or Environmental Science major? We answer: What CAN'T you do? Our graduates over the past decades have pursued careers in medicine (as physicians and a diversity of other health care fields), dentistry, veterinary medicine, biochemical and environmental research, pharmaceutical production and quality control, governmental service, law, journalism, governmental service, finance, wildlife conservation and rehabilitation, teaching, zoo management, public health, and business.

Organizing a Course of Study

Life science is such an enormous discipline that students need guidance in choosing a program of study, including their advanced electives and independent research or internships. Faculty advisors help students with this important and exciting task. For Biology majors (the BA), students are required to take four advanced electives, and thus choosing the right courses is critical. Therefore, several tracks are recommended: Environmental Biology, Forensics, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, and Preprofessional (for human or animal medicine). Students who wish to remain very generalized in their academics choose the General Biology track. For Integrated Biological Science (BS) majors, students select a larger set of electives from an approved list. The faculty advisors assist students in choosing the courses to match each student's career goals. The Zoology major (BA and BS) and Environmental Science (BS) are distinct in structure from the Biology and Biological Science, and each have an approved list of courses for students to choose from with careful advising by faculty.

Hands-on Experience: The Key to Starting a Successful Career

Our majors are strongly encouraged to take our available courses called Research Apprenticeship (BIOL 191/192), Internship (BIOL 193/194), or Undergraduate Research (BIOL 197/198 or 297/298). Students in the Honors College also complete a senior honors project in their chosen special interests (HON 208/209). These opportunities allow students to work with researchers in laboratories across the campus, the field, or off-campus organizations. Many professional and graduate schools require such experience for admission. Our research students publish their results in the finest international journals, and present posters and talks at national meetings.

Early Acceptance Program UVM and Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

All of the majors offered by the Biology Department prepare students for entry into the finest schools of veterinary medicine.  All majors offer a strong general education, but also are flexible enough for students to pursue specialty courses suitable for pre-veterinary students. This is especially true for the Zoology major which was designed to offer the basic science courses plus a high degree of flexibility in choice of advanced courses.

The Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine has an agreement with the University of Vermont for our majors to apply for admission in the spring of the student’s Sophomore year.  Successful applicants are then offered admission with a guarantee of a slot in the Tuft’s entering class once the student graduates.  Tuft’s is one of the finest veterinary schools in the world, and is especially appropriate for students interested in wildlife or zoo medicine. Learn more about the UVM-Tufts program.


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