Beginning July 2023, Northern Vermont University will be part of Vermont State University.

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Northern Vermont University will join with Castleton University and Vermont Technical College to become Vermont State University on July 1, 2023.

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Follow Your Direction with a Degree in Biology: Field Naturalist from Northern Vermont University

Field naturalists are teaching scientists who share their love of the natural world and help people young and old gain an appreciation for the ecosystems that support life in all its forms. They master the intricacies of plant and animal life, examine the connections between habitat and climate, and explore the interrelationships between human actions and the environment.

Located in the Lamoille Valley, one of Vermont’s most diverse ecosystems, Northern Vermont University-Johnson is an ideal place to explore this specialized field of biology. Your classroom includes the forests just outside campus, the rivers and streams nearby, and the alpine flora and fauna that thrive here. Opportunities for applied research and internships are literally around every corner.

As you work toward your bachelor of arts degree in biology: field naturalist, you’ll gain a broad knowledge of ecology, organismal biology, general biology, field geology, environmental chemistry, conservation biology, and wildlife management. You’ll graduate with a wealth of knowledge and experience, prepared for education and research positions with conservation agencies and organizations, consulting firms, and environmental education institutions.

Secondary Licensure

Students who earn a bachelor of arts degree in biology: field naturalist are eligible to pursue endorsement for secondary education teacher licensure. Learn more about licensure requirements here.



A student wearing a hat and glasses works in a lab.

“Everyone in the science department gets great internships. Even if it’s not a job you think you could see yourself doing, it gives you experience, builds your resume and lets you know if you like that type of work.”

– Alec Jones ’20


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