Zoology B.S.

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

Students who are pursuing the B.S. in Zoology are required to take at least 84 credits of coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences.

At least 41 credits in major courses, plus 34-35 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 34 credits.
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. 12-15 additional credits with a MA or QD Catamount Core Curriculum designation12-15
Up to 1 additional course/3 credits from the following:0-3
Geog Info:Cncpts & Applic
Remote Sensing
Note that most professional schools (e.g., medicine, dentistry, veterinary, physical therapy) require the equivalent of PHYS 1450 or PHYS 1650.
ELECTIVES. At least 26 credits.
Students should meet with an academic advisor during their second year to map a plan of study for completing their Advanced Electives.
CATEGORY A (recommended courses in animal biology): 5-30 additional credits from the following:5-30
BIOL numbered 3100 to 3699
BIOL numbered 4100 to 4699
Up to 8 additional credits from the following:0-8
BIOL numbered 2100 to 2699
CATEGORY B (other eligible courses): Up to 8 additional credits from the following:0-8
Advanced Research. Up to 3 additional credits from the following, in any combination:0-3
Undergraduate Research: BIOL 3995, WFB 3995
Honors: BIOL 4996
Undergraduate Research. Up to 3 additional credits from the following, in any combination:0-3
Undergraduate Research: BIOL 2995, BIOL 3995, WFB 2995, WFB 3995
Honors: BIOL 4996
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.S. in Zoology may not also receive the B.A. in Biology, the B.A. in Zoology, or the B.S. in Biological Sciences in either the College of Arts & Sciences or the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.


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 Science degree, no more than 50 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.