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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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Explore the Science of Life Collaboratively and Critically with a B.S. in Biology from Northern Vermont University

The study of biology prepares you to understand and deal with the many biological concepts, issues, and problems that face professionals in a range of fields, from teaching to research to medicine. The bachelor of science program in biology at Northern Vermont University-Johnson introduces the core sub-disciplines of biology and offers advanced studies in organismal, human, molecular, and environmental biology.

Microbiologists, physiologists, zoologists, molecular biologists, field naturalists, ecologists, marine biologists, agricultural scientists, foresters, wildlife managers, physicians, therapists, nutritionists, toxicologists, science writers, and teachers are a sample of the professionals who commonly begin as biology majors.

A Focus on Hands-on Learning

Students in the biology program explore outdoor laboratories ranging from NVU-Johnson’s Babcock Nature Preserve to areas as diverse as tropical ecosystems and the American West. On campus, our program is supported by teaching laboratories, a greenhouse, an artificial stream laboratory, a cellular and molecular laboratory, and extensive herbarium and vertebrate museum collections.

The research activities of the faculty include understanding cell behavior at the molecular level, classification of plants, improving teaching in biology, vertebrate ecology, and studying environmental pollution. Biology students at NVU-Johnson can focus their studies on either pre-medical biology or general biology.

Secondary Licensure

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

Biology Minor

Students at NVU-Johnson and NVU-Lyndon can pursue a minor in biology.

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“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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