Biology

  • Bachelor of Science

In Person Plus at:

  • Castleton, VT
  • Johnson, VT

In Person Plus programs are In Person with options for cross-campus classes and flexibility for remote study.

Learn about the science of life in the Biology program at Vermont State University. You’ll explore a range of subjects – from molecular biology to ecology – and prepare for a wide variety of careers or graduate studies. Your classes will empower you to make a difference in the world in fields like medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, and biomedical research. You can also pursue secondary education licensure for a rewarding career teaching high school science. Our Biology program graduates have gone on to successful roles as research scientists, medical laboratory assistants, pharmaceutical and medical product sales representatives, and physician assistants.  

Why Study Biology at Vermont State?

  • High-paying careers: The average salary for biological scientists is $90,010*. 
  • Unparalleled research opportunities: Grow your skills through hands-on work using cutting-edge equipment in our state labs or in the field through travel courses to Iceland, Costa Rica, and the Mojave Desert. 
  • A personalized, flexible classroom experience: You’ll be part of small classes taught by expert faculty who will support your progress toward your unique goals. 
  • Explore an interdisciplinary degree: You can take classes that interest you in similar majors as your interests grow, or you may find yourself in classes co-taught by a microbiologist and an environmental chemist. 
  • Strong partnerships expand your network: You’ll benefit from Vermont State’s strong partnerships with organizations like the Icelandic Forest Service, Poultney Metowee Natural Resources Conservation District, Vermont Biomedical Research Network, and more. 
  • Pursue teaching careers: You can choose to combine your biology major with our Secondary Education program for a rewarding career teaching high school science.

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Financial Aid for Biology Students

Vermont State University is providing a high-quality, affordable degree in biology to students across Vermont and beyond. More than 80 percent of Vermont State students are awarded financial aid, including new students, transfer students, international students, out-of-state students, and first-generation students. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options.

Internships & Jobs in Biology

Vermont State biology students have held paid positions assisting faculty with their high-impact, diverse research interests over the summer months in Vermont. Others have found themselves as far away as Barro Colorado Island at a Smithsonian research facility. 

Jobs held by recent graduates include:

  • Associate Scientist, bioMérieux, Raleigh, North Carolina,
  • Research Associate, Sarepta Therapeutics, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Troy, New York

Graduates have also gone on to pursue master’s degrees and beyond at institutions such as:

  • University of Connecticut Ph.D. Program in Microbiology
  • University of Vermont Ph.D. Program in Neurobiology
  • University of New England
  • Midwestern University
  • Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Student Stories

A dark haired girl leans against a railing with a large mountain in the background.

“Undergraduate research is basically unheard of anywhere else. I will have a leg up on both experience and mastering scientific techniques when I graduate.”  

Nicole Amagliani ‘19