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Zoology, the study of the behavior, origins and life processes of animals, is a popular and versatile major. Zoology studies range from researching a particular animal and its ecosystem, to human effects on a specific species, to studying an animal at the molecular level. Since zoology is such a diverse field, a B.A. degree will provide you with a strong background that can take you wherever you want to go, in zoology or related fields.

The B.A. program in zoology at UVM requires a mix of introductory level life sciences and mathematics courses. After that, your advisor can help you to choose electives that align with your interests. From Winter Ecology to Physiology & Reproduction, you'll find electives that challenge, inspire, and mold your B.A. degree into whatever you want it to be.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Have a basic (fundamental-conceptual and factual) understanding of animal biology, ecology and evolution.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the scientific method and critical analysis.
  3. Articulate Zoological knowledge both verbally and in writing.
  4. Working knowledge of basic and/or applied animal science and research.


Major requirements


  • Veterinarian
  • Animal Trainer
  • Product Scientist
  • Research Biologist
  • Data Scientist

Where alumni work

  • Vermont Genetics Network
  • National Aquarium
  • East Bay Veterinary Clinic
  • US Centers for Disease Control
  • Harvard Medical School

Graduate Schools

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Utah
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

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