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Our Department

In the Department of Biology, students thrive in an atmosphere that supports deep exploration and collaboration. Biology at UVM has a long record of excellence, now over a century old, in life science, with current emphasis on a wide range of topics including neuroscience, cell biology, ecology and evolution. More than 400 undergraduates pursue our majors in biology, integrated biology, zoology and environmental science.

Faculty include professors, research professors and lecturers, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. This means you'll get exposure to a variety of perspectives from passionate researchers who are also excellent educators. Intimate classes, expert mentoring and state of the art facilities give you a solid foundation for careers in research, medicine, pharmaceutical and biotech and education.


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    Perks of a Diverse Education

    Julie Richer’s interests straddle biology, her major at UVM, and psychology, her minor. “Pursuing a B.A. degree has allowed me to take a wide variety of classes in many disciplines—I’ve never been disappointed by any of these courses. They’ve deepened my love of learning, and given me a diverse education.” Outside the classroom, her internship at the Tufts Wildlife Clinic deepened her interest in care and treatment of animals—now she has her sights set on veterinary school.

Our Facilities

The Biology Department is housed in the Marsh Life Science Building. Located centrally among buildings housing the College of Medicine, the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, and the School of Natural Resources, Marsh Life Science includes research laboratories and teaching classrooms and laboratories.


Zadock Thompson Zoological Collections

Biology has primary responsibility for the Zadock Thompson Zoological Collections (PDF) in Joseph Torrey Hall, which contains vertebrae and invertebrae collections. The Zoological Collections, in conjunction with the Pringle Herbarium administered by the Department of Plant Biology, represent the major natural history facility for the state of Vermont.

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