2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology (BS.BIO)

Program Description 

Vermont State University’s Bachelor of Science in Biology provides a comprehensive program in biology that prepares students for admission into graduate schools, admission into professional schools, and careers in biology.  The program integrates students' knowledge across the biological and physical sciences and provides opportunities to demonstrate their quantitative, intellectual, and communication skills. The Molecular Biology and Biomedicine Concentration is specially designed for students interested in careers in medicine (pre-medical, -dental, or -veterinary school), pharmaceutical sciences, or biomedical research. 

Program Outcomes.  

  1. Ability to define and explain the boundaries, foundational theoretical constructs, and practices in the major subdivisions of biology: Evolution and Diversity of Life, Ecology, Organismal Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, and Genetics. 

  1. Fluency in the use of tools, technologies, and methods in the laboratory and natural environment. 

  1. Ability to construct a summative project or paper that draws on current research, scholarship, and/or techniques in the field of biology. 

  1. Ability to make systematic observations, construct hypotheses, and make predictions, design and experiment, interpret data, and form conclusions based on the data. 

  1. Ability to locate, comprehend, assess, and apply the scholarly work of scientists according to accepted practices. 

  1. Ability to communicate scientific information, both orally and in writing, according to accepted practices in the field of biology. 

  1. Ability to use appropriate mathematical and statistical methods to evaluate and interpret biological data. 

  1. Ability to integrate the physical sciences (chemistry and physics) with biology. 

  1. A clear understanding of the issues and involvement of biology in modern society.