Be a thinker for progress

Students review a scan with their professor
Examining a fern
students studying
A campus near a lake
Paddling in Lake Champlain
Lafayette statue in the moonlight
Twilight view of the Davis Student Center
Students examine plant specimens

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. 

Major requirements


Academic advisors will help you pick appropriate courses in one or more of these disciplines:

  1. Pre-Professional preparation for students wishing to pursue careers in human or veterinary medicine, dentistry, public health, or other health-related fields.
  2. Environmental biology, including ecology, animal behavior, and evolution.
  3. Cell and molecular biology, including developmental biology, biotechnology, and molecular genetics.
  4. Neurobiology for students who do not wish to major in neuroscience, but still want a series of courses in that discipline.

Beyond the classroom

Learning Goals:

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


  • Data Scientist
  • Psychologist
  • 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