Students identify trees along a transect.

Students in BCOR 102, Ecology & Evolution, identify and measure trees along a transect.

BioCore provides life science basics for ten UVM majors. 

The BioCore curriculum consists of a series of introductory biology courses covering all aspects of basic biology, including molecular biology, physiology, biodiversity, genetics, ecology, and evolution.  This interdisciplinary series, jointly run by the Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), serves majors primarily in Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biological Science, Environmental Science, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Plant Biology, Neuroscience, and Zoology, as well as students in the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical program.

For first-year students, the BioCore program offers small lecture sizes (48 students maximum) to promote interaction with professors and to facilitate the transition between high school and college-level science. Explore all BioCore Courses.

BioCore (BCOR) Courses and Semesters Offered:

Course    Fall   Spring Summer
BCOR 011: Exploring Biology 1 X   X
BCOR 012: Exploring Biology 2   X X
BCOR 021: Accelerated Biology X    
BCOR 101: Genetics X X X
BCOR 102: Ecology & Evolution X X  
BCOR 103: Molecular & Cell Biology   X X
BCOR 197: Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship X X  
BCOR 198/298: Undergraduate Research X X  

Learning Goals of the BioCore Series

Following completion of introductory level BioCore courses, students will be able to:

  1.  Articulate how biological processes work using the appropriate terminology.
  2. Recognize and employ mathematical formulations of biological processes and interpret results.
  3. Identify hierarchical relationships in biology.
  4. Recognize steps of the scientific method.
  5. Convert data into a summary figure, identify pattern, and use pattern to support a conclusion

Following completion of 100-level BioCore courses, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the process of science through observation, experimentation, and hypothesis testing, and draw inferences from biological datasets to develop conclusions.
  2. Compare the different levels of biological organization in a biological system from micro- to macroscopic.
  3. Examine a biological system using a quantitative approach.
  4. Evaluate and articulate the contribution of biology to society.

 

BioCore (BCOR) Student Support

Academic support

If you are having trouble in a BioCore (BCOR) course, there are two avenues of support beyond meeting with your instructor or Teaching Assistant.

  • Tutoring: UVM's Center for Academic Success offers free tutoring to all undergraduate students. Through the Tutoring Center, students set up appointments with peer tutors. 
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI): Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a drop-in, free, voluntary, group-based study system led by an upperclass student who has already taken (and done well in!) the course.  Each session is different, and statistics show that students who participate regularly have a better understanding of the material and receive higher grades.  SI is offered for BCOR 011 & 012, BCOR 101, and starting Fall 2019, for BCOR 102.  The SI instructor will have posted study session information on the course Blackboard page.

Personal Support

If you are enrolled in a BCOR course and are having personal difficulties that are preventing you from attending class or completing work, please contact any or all of the following: the course instructor, your advisor, the BioCore program co-directors, and the Student Services office for your College (links below). Student Services will have a procedure for documenting student illnesses and other emergencies and will review your situation and inform course faculty via email as to whether any accommodations should be made.

students conducting stream diversity lab

Accelerated Biology option

UVM offers BCOR 21, Accelerated Biology, a one-semester alternative to the BCOR 11/12 introductory biology series designed for first-year students with especially strong preparation from high school.  Students who have high scores on the biology placement exam and/or who receive AP Biology scores of 5 or 4 (or equivalent) may be invited to enroll in the accelerated course.  All incoming life science students should complete the biology placement exam during orientation.

 

State-of-the-art facilities for your classes

BioCore laboratory classes are held in the James M. Jeffords building.