University of Vermont

Integrated Biological Science

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Biological Science

Follow these links to UVM's Catalogue for current degree requirements, including required foundational courses:

2017-2018 Catalogue - Biological Science CALS

2017-2018 Catalogue - Biological Science CAS

Advanced Life Science Electives

In consultation with an academic advisor, each student's course of study includes 26 credit hours of advanced life-science electives: 100- and 200-level courses including undergraduate research. The following factors determine the adequate fulfillment of advanced life-science electives:

  • No more than 8 credits at the 100-level may be applied to the major (BCOR courses are excluded) except with written permission from an advisor and not exceeding three 100-level courses.

  • With advisor's permission, biologically relevant 300-level courses may be applied towards the 200-level course requirement.

  • Up to 6 credits of undergraduate research in any biological discipline may be applied toward the 26 credits of advanced electives. Only three of these can be taken for credit at the 100-level, and these will be counted in the 8 credits allowed at the 100-level.

The B.S. degree in Biological Science has an additional requirement as to the types of skills one must obtain in the Advanced Life Science Electives taken. The minimum is that students must gain 12 credits in Advanced Life Science courses that include a statistical component, 3 credits that stress oral communication, and 3 credits that stress written communication.

Here is a list of courses pre-approved to count as Advanced Life Science Electives.

College-Level Distribution Requirements / Core Compentencies

Courses required of the biological science major are identical regardless of the College in which a student is enrolled, but the Colleges do differ somewhat in their general requirements. The links above and below should allow you to compare.

  • College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

    • Sample Four-Year Roadmap (See item 2 of page 2 for College requirement details.)

    • CAS BISC Degree Requirements (For CAS General and Distribution requirements, click 'All students must meet the College Requirements', then scroll down to the B.S. Requirements.)

  • College of Agriculture and Life Science (CALS)

    • Sample Four-Year Roadmap (See item 2 of page 2 for College requirement details.)

    • CALS BISC Degree Requirements (For CALS Degree Requirements, click 'All students must meet the College Requirements'; for details on CALS Core Competencies, click on 'Overview' at top, then scroll down.)

Notable differences:

  • In CAS students are required to fulfill 'distribution requirements' by completing two courses each from at least five of the following categories: fine arts & literature, foreign language, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, including one course centering on non-European culture. In CALS, students are required to fulfill 'core competencies' by completing varied courses including two in physical or life sciences, two in social science, two in humanities and fine arts, as well as designated 'foundations' courses in oral and written communication, information technology, and quantitative skills. (For both Colleges, courses in natural sciences and mathematics taken for the major also count towards these requirements.)

  • Students obtaining a B.S. in Biological Science within the College of Arts and Sciences must complete at least 84 of their credit hours within the College of Arts and Sciences. This restriction does not similarly apply to CALS students.

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