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The Department of Biology offers minor programs in biology and zoology for the student who is pursuing a degree in another subject, but who still wants to gain a fundamental understanding of one of these subjects. Minoring in one of these subjects can be particularly useful if you major in a science like chemistry, biochemistry, or environmental science. Learn more about our minor programs and their requirements below.

Minor in Biology

To achieve a minor in biology, you must:

  • Complete the either the series of BCOR 011 & BCOR 012 (Exploring Biology), or BIOL 001 & BIOL 002 (Principles of Biology).                                                                                       
  • Take three courses (3+ credits) at the 100-level or higher chosen from courses acceptable for the biology major, at least one of which must include a laboratory. Up to one of these courses can come from the advanced offerings of other biologically-oriented departments; the rest must have a BCOR or BIOL prefix. Consult the Biology department for a list of approved courses.

Ineligible Majors: Biology (B.A.), Biological Sciences (B.S.), Plant Biology (B.A.), Zoology (B.A., B.S.)

Requirements for the minor in biology as listed in the UVM catalogue.

Minor in Zoology

To achieve a minor in zoology, you must:

  • Complete the either the series of BCOR 011 & BCOR 012 (Exploring Biology), or BIOL 001 & BIOL 002 (Principles of Biology).
  • Take three courses at the 100-level or above, chosen from courses within the biology department, at least one of which must include a laboratory.

Ineligible Majors: Zoology (B.A., B.S.), Biology (B.A.), Biological Sciences (B.S.), Plant Biology (B.A.)

Requirements for the minor in zoology as listed in the UVM catalogue.