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Biology is a wide-open field of study; think of it as an umbrella covering a myriad of disciplines including environmental science, plant biology, evolution, health science and more. A B.A. with major in  biology degree at UVM is flexible enough to allow you to focus on a major concentration, or to take courses in a broad variety of subfields and graduate as a generalist. 

Learning Goals:

  • Have a basic (fundamental-conceptual and factual) understanding of genetics, cellular and organismal biology, ecology and evolution.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the scientific method and critical analysis.
  • Articulate biological knowledge both verbally and in writing.
  • Evaluate and articulate the contribution of biology to society.
  • Synthesize information and knowledge across disciplines.

Major requirements


General Biology – the General Biology concentration is our most flexible option, for students with wide-ranging interests across fields in Biology. General Biology majors complete core courses for the first two years, and then work with their academic advisor to design a personalized set of advanced elective courses to match their interests. At the advanced level, Biol 4405 Comparative Physiology, brings together biological principles and experimental design principles from across the curriculum to understand living organisms from a holistic perspective. A senior capstone seminar allows students to apply their knowledge to pressing problems in a wide variety of fields.

Cell and Developmental Biology –For students with a strong interest in how biological molecules, cells, and multicellular systems develop and function, the concentration in Cellular and Developmental Biology allows students to specialize in these topics beginning in the second year. A senior capstone seminar provides the opportunity to synthesize information and apply it to current challenges in cellular and developmental biology.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology – For students whose interests lie in how organisms, populations, and communities interact with and respond to the natural environment, the concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology provides coursework and field experiences to form strong foundational knowledge in both concepts and quantitative skills. A senior capstone seminar allows students to synthesize information and apply it to current challenges in ecology and evolutionary biology.


  • Data Scientist
  • Public Health
  • Research Biologist
  • Physician
  • Veterinarian

Where alumni work

  • Seattle Children’s Craniofacial Center
  • NY City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Cell Signaling Technology
  • Atrium Medical Corporation of Hudson, NH
  • Harvard Medical School

Graduate Schools

  • NYU Dental School
  • Princeton University
  • UVM Medical School
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine