Zoology B.A.

All students must meet the Degree and University Requirements.

All students must meet the Catamount Core Curriculum Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

Major Requirements

At least 29 credits in major courses, plus 18-23 credits in ancillary courses, including:

CORE REQUIREMENTS. At least 11 credits.
BIOLOGY. Choose 1 of the following options:4-8
Option A (recommended):
Exploring Biology 1
and Exploring Biology 2
Option B:
Accelerated Biology
Option C:
Principles of Biology 1
and Principles of Biology 2
BCOR 2300Genetics3
Choose 1 of the following:4
Ecology and Evolution
Molecular & Cell Biology w/lab
ANCILLARY REQUIREMENTS. At least 18 credits.
CHEMISTRY. Choose 1 of the following:12-16
Option A:
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 2
and Intro Organic Chemistry w/lab
Option B (recommended for pre-heath students):
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 2
CALCULUS. Choose 1 of the following:3-4
Fundamentals of Calculus I
Calculus I
QUANTITATIVE DISCIPLINES. At least 1 additional course/3 credits with a MA or QD Catamount Core Curriculum designation3
ADVANCED ELECTIVES. At least 18 credits.
CATEGORY A (recommended courses in animal biology): 11-18 additional credits from the following:11-18
BIOL numbered 3100 to 3699
BIOL numbered 4100 to 4699
Up to I additional course/3-4 credits from the following:0-4
BIOL numbered 2100 to 2699
Pre-health students should consult the pre-health checklist for requirements for professional schools (e.g., medicine, dentistry, veterinary, physical therapy).
Additional courses, including Special Topics and graduate-level courses, may be accepted as electives with prior approval from the Biology Department. Graduate courses are often open to upper-level undergraduate students with instructor permission.


Students completing the B.A. in Zoology may not also receive the B.S in Biological Science in either the College of Arts & Sciences or the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, or the B.S. in Zoology.


Introductory and intermediate courses for various subject areas may be necessary to reach some of the courses that can be applied to the major for the quantitative requirement or as Advanced Electives.

Other Information

In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), only one course may overlap between a major and a minor or between two CAS majors.

Courses for the major and/or its pre/co-requisites that are cross-listed in the catalog or schedule of courses under another course prefix may be taken under that other prefix and still count for these requirements.

With the approval of the chair/director, courses that applied to the major in previous years but have since been deactivated may be applied to this year’s major requirements if they are reactivated.

For a Bachelor of Arts degree, no more than 45 credits in courses with the same departmental prefix may be used toward completion of the 120 credits required for graduation.

At least half of the credits used to complete major requirements must be taken at the University of Vermont.